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Scientometrics

, Volume 109, Issue 3, pp 1477–1495

First Online: 09 September 2016Received: 22 December 2015

Abstract

In the current UK Research Excellence Framework REF and the Excellence in Research for Australia ERA, societal impact measurements are inherent parts of the national evaluation systems. In this study, we deal with a relatively new form of societal impact measurements. Recently, Altmetric—a start-up providing publication level metrics—started to make data for publications available which have been mentioned in policy documents. We regard this data source as an interesting possibility to specifically measure the societal impact of research. Using a comprehensive dataset with publications on climate change as an example, we study the usefulness of the new data source for impact measurement. Only 1.2 % n = 2341 out of 191,276 publications on climate change in the dataset have at least one policy mention. We further reveal that papers published in Nature and Science as well as from the areas -Earth and related environmental sciences- and -Social and economic geography- are especially relevant in the policy context. Given the low coverage of the climate change literature in policy documents, this study can be only a first attempt to study this new source of altmetrics data. Further empirical studies are necessary, because mentions in policy documents are of special interest in the use of altmetrics data for measuring target-oriented the broader impact of research.

KeywordsClimate change Policy documents Altmetrics  Download fulltext PDF



Autor: Lutz Bornmann - Robin Haunschild - Werner Marx

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/







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