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Altmetrics and Digital Libraries

Special issue call for papers from Performance Measurement and Metrics

Performance Measurement and Metrics is now accepting manuscripts for a special themed issue titled, “Altmetrics and Digital Libraries”

The submission deadline for completed manuscripts of ~5,000 words is July 19th 2016. 

Guest Editor

Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD
Presidente Comitato Scientifico UNIPR CoLab
Università di Parma, Italy
Chair,  IFLA Library Theory and Research Section

About the Special Issue

The focus of this issue will be on the use and relevance of altmetrics in digital (and blended) libraries. Digital (and blended) libraries have an increased interest in changing work practices surrounding the research cycle from creation to distribution. Altmetrics are being created and tested as a way to address the complexity of scholarly communication in the digital age and to record or report on the impact or influence of scholarly research.  

These new measures address many different outputs and impacts, such as data, open access publications, blogs, article-level usage data, and shared open content. Alternative metrics of impact (or altmetrics) are becoming a part of digital library service and a new way to measure and track the research impact of scholars.

Special issue scope

Possible areas and issues to be covered include but are not limited to:
1.    An overview of the emerging field of altmetrics
2.    Standards and recommended practices for altmetrics
3.    Case studies of altmetrics usage and the results
4.    Research studies on the use of altmetrics
5.    Measuring the impact of the changes in scholarly communication on digital libraries and institutional repositories
6.    Tracking scholarly influence in a digital library
7.    Altmetrics for evaluating digital library collections
8.    Assessment/altmetrics/measurement as part of the service of digital (or blended) libraries
9.    Assessment/altmetrics/measurement. and disciplinary differences in digital scholarship
10.    Digital Humanities assessment/altmetrics/measurement and digital libraries
11.    Tracking citations for research data in digital libraries
12.    Assessment/altmetrics/measurement: the role of digital libraries in altmetrics

Other ideas for topics for this special issue are welcome and will be given serious consideration by the Guest Editor. Author guidelines are available here.


Please send submission proposals, abstracts, or inquiries to the Guest Editor,
Anna Maria Tammaro at the following email address:


This issue is scheduled to be PMM Volume 17, Issue 3 of 2016.

About the Journal

Performance Measurement and Metrics (PMM) is a leading quarterly, double-blind refereed, international journal, charting new qualitative and quantitative developments and techniques for measurement and metrics in Library and Information Science (LIS).
It provides an international forum for cross-discipline information professionals, whether practitioners or academics.