METRICS 2015 Workshop


Workshop sponsored by ASIS&T SIG/MET
ASIS&T 2015 Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 9:00am –5:00pm
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, US


The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Metrics (SIG/MET) will host a workshop prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for presentations and in-depth conversations on (alt-) metric-related issues, including the latest theories, approaches, applications, innovations, and tools. The workshop is envisioned as a combination of short presentations, posters and open discussion.
SIG/MET is the Special Interest Group for the measurement of information production and use. It encourages the development and networking of all those interested in the measurement of information and, thus, encompasses not only bibliometrics and scientometrics, but informetrics in a larger sense including measurement of the Web and the Internet, applications running on these platforms, and metrics related to network analysis, visualization, and scholarly communication. Hence, metric research recently expanded beyond traditional research products – such as articles and citations – to include web-based products, such as blogs, tweets and other social media, so-called altmetrics. These social media are changing some of the ways research is being disseminated and, in turn, influences the field of metrics.

Research on metrics has been growing significantly over the last decades. In addition to account for a significant proportion of the literature published in core LIS journals, there is also a large proportion of metrics literature published in general science journals as well as in medical journals. Recent workshops on the topics have been largely successful. For instance, SIG/MET already held five workshops at ASIS&T’s annual meetings that steadily increased their number of attendees. As in previous years, the SIG recognized outstanding student contributions, with one session devoted to presenting these awards and presentations by the recipients.

The 2015 workshop would continue in this vein and consolidate the work done in previous iterations of the workshop. We propose to include presentations from both established researchers and students, all done in an informal setting where genuine exchanges can be made. The topics covered would include the following but are not limited to:

  • Theories of the publication process, citations and social media in scholarly communication
  • New indicators and methods, especially altmetrics and social media metrics
  • Tools, platforms, research infrastructure – technological development and metrics
  • Impact of indicators (evaluation, information retrieval, research management, etc.)
  • Metrics in a library, archive and other institutional setting
  • Open access, open science and metrics
  • Limitations, misuses and adverse effects of metrics – the ethics of metrics
  • The challenge of interdisciplinarity
  • Visualizations of scholarly impact measures and analyses


Submissions should be in the form of a two-page extended abstract. Conceptual, empirical, and works-in-progress will be accepted for submission. Where appropriate, up to three figures/tables can be provided.

Two types of submissions will be accepted: posters and presentations. Please indicate the type of submission in bold at the beginning of your submission. The requirements for both formats are the same.

Posters will provide scholars with a format for presenting works-in-progress and works that are best presented visually. Every poster will be introduced in a poster pitch-format.

The presentations will be an opportunity for researchers and professionals to present and discuss research that is more fully developed.

The abstracts of accepted papers and posters as well as the presentation slides will be published on figshare (, that allocates DOIs to uploaded content, and linked from the SIG/MET website to enhance visibility and retrievability of presented research.

Please submit in .pdf, .doc or .docx to:

Peer-Review process

Each submission will be reviewed and brief feedback will be given in narrative format.


This year ( and Figshare have kindly offered to award a cash prize for the best paper on research related to altmetrics or social media metrics.

Outstanding research papers from students will also be awarded in a Student Paper Contest. The first author of the paper entered into this contest must be a full-time student at the time of submission, irrespective of ASIS&T or SIG/MET membership. Please submit to

The winners of both awards will be selected by the SIG/MET officers from the accepted submissions presented in St. Louis.

Important Dates

      Submissions due (EXTENDED): September 7, 2015


      Notifications: September 15, 2015


    Workshop: November 7th, 2015, 9:00am –5:00pm

Registration fees

The registration fee (early bird) includes wifi, coffee breaks and lunch:
$265 (SIG member with lunch) – $275 (non-member)


  • Isabella Peters (ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany)
  • Stefanie Haustein (University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
  • Chaoqun Ni (Simmons College, Boston, USA)
  • Kun Lu (University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA)
  • Timothy D Bowman (Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)


With questions, please contact
Isabella Peters (Chair, SIG/MET)