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Altmetrics and the Scholarly Legacy

Collister, LB and Taylor, AL Altmetrics and the Scholarly Legacy. In: Altmetrics 4:AM 2017, 26 September 2017 - 29 September 2017, Toronto, Canada. (Submitted)

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When using altmetrics to investigate the impact of a scholar's work, researchers and librarians are typically cautioned that altmetrics will be less useful for older works of scholarship. This is because it is difficult to collect social media and other attention retroactively, and the numbers will be lower if the work was published before social media marketing and promotion were widely accepted in a field. In this poster, we show that altmetrics can provide useful information about older works in the form of documenting renewed attention to past scholarship as part of a scholar's legacy. Using the PlumX profile of the late Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, often referred to as "the father of modern transplantation", we describe two cases where altmetrics provided information about renewed interest in his works: a controversy about race and genetics, and posthumous remembrances by colleagues of his contributions to a field.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Submitted
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Collister, LBlbcollister@pitt.eduLBC80000-0001-5767-8486
Taylor, AL
Event Title: Altmetrics 4:AM 2017
Event Dates: 26 September 2017 - 29 September 2017
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 19:13


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