Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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4th Annual Altmetrics Conference (4:AM)

September 26, 2017 - September 29, 2017

HuMetricsHSS: exploring the potential for altmetrics as value-based indicators

Presenter: Rebecca Kennison

This presentation will introduce the HuMetricsHSS (Humane Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)) initiative, which aims to develop and support values-based research indicators in the humanities and social sciences.

Because researchers’ practices are closely linked with the evaluation metrics they are judged by, HuMetricsHSS proposes using evaluation metrics (including altmetrics) only to measure a scholar’s progress toward embodying five positive values that our initial research suggests are central to all HSS disciplines: collegiality, quality, equity, openness, and community. The HuMetricsHSS project’s ultimate goal is to find ways to expose, highlight, and recognize the important HSS scholarship that goes into all research activities, including the all-too-hidden work of peer review, teaching, service, and mentoring.

We believe that altmetrics and HuMetricsHSS are a natural fit. Since their conception, altmetrics have been proposed as a way to reward unrecognized research contributions. This aligns perfectly with HuMetricsHSS’s end goal. In our presentation, we will explore several such examples of ways in which researchers’ scholarly contributions can be better evaluated using altmetrics. We will also address looming challenges for using altmetrics in the current research evaluation environment, where the use of research metrics is usually divorced from organizational objectives and values.

Once completed, the HuMetricsHSS framework will support scholars who wish to tell a more textured and compelling story about the impact of their research and the variety of ways it enriches the academic and public life.

Slides are available on Humanities Commons


September 26, 2017
September 29, 2017
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