Alternative/Article-Based Metrics (Altmetrics) for Clinical and Public Health Researchers

The impact of scientific research is usually measured by journal-based citation metrics such as the Journal Impact Factor and H-Index. Altmetrics (article-based or alternative metrics) offer a complementary way of measuring dissemination and a diversity of impact, of particular relevance to clinical and public health researchers. This presentation will review the strengths and limitations of both journal-based metrics and altmetrics, which will allow clinicians and researchers to understand how altmetrics can increase the dissemination and impact of their work.

Dr. Chisolm is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. She is co-author of a textbook on psychiatric evaluation and has written more than 70 scientific and clinical articles about substance use and other psychiatric disorders, social media in medicine, and medical education. Dr. Chisolm is a member of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Scholar, and the recipient of the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Innovative Discoveries Series, sponsored by the Delaware Clinical & Translational Science ACCEL program and the Christiana Care Value Institute, features informal presentations on topics relevant to current research and healthcare practice, led by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. There are offerings for researchers, healthcare providers, and community members of varying levels of experience.

These free talks are held Fridays at noon at Christiana Hospital but can be viewed from your home or office computer. Earn CMEs by participating in-person or online. Lunch is served and all are welcome to attend.

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  • Margaret S. Chisolm, MD