Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 26–32 | Cite as

Alternative approaches to assessing scientific results

  • Nikolai Alekseevich MazovEmail author
  • Vadim Nikolaevich Gureev
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Alternative metrics (altmetrics) as a possible substitute for or addition to the traditional methods of assessing scientific results based on opinions and bibliometric indicators were first proposed in 2010. Since then, metric indicators, primarily those based on accounting for the use and discussion of scientific publications on the Internet, have, on the one hand, found influential advocates among scientists and publishers and, on the other, been met with resistance on the part of equally authoritative participants in the market of scientific publications. Altmetrics are already used actively by the largest publishers; in June 2014, the American National Information Standards Organization developed a draft altmetrics standard. This article presents a review of the existing indicators, describes their target audience, and considers leading companies that develop software products on altmetrics calculation for users of different categories. Altmetrics and citation-based indicators are compared.


Impact Factor Scientific Result Publica Tions Alternative Metrics Develop Software Product 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolai Alekseevich Mazov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vadim Nikolaevich Gureev
    • 1
  1. 1.Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and GeophysicsRAS Siberian BranchNovosibirskRussia

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