Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 26, pp 3288–3290 | Cite as

A multi-metric approach for research evaluation

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Forum Informetrics


Background information is provided about the Web 2.0 related term altmetrics. This term is placed in the context of the broader field of informetrics. The term influmetrics is proposed as a better term for altmetrics. The importance of considering research products and not just scientific publications is highlighted. Issues related to peer review and making funding decisions within a multi-metric approach are discussed and brought in relation with the new metrics field.


altmetrics influmetrics multi-metric approach informetrics research evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering TechnologyVIVES (Association KU Leuven)ZeedijkOostende, Belgium
  2. 2.Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), IBWStadscampus, VenusstraatAntwerpen, Belgium
  3. 3.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  4. 4.School of Information ManagementNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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