This is the 1st video from the OpenUP Altmetrics video series, that are based on the Taxonomy of channels of dissemination and altmetrics indicators. Stephan & Clemens explain the history of altmetrics.
Key points addressed:
  • What were the predecessors of altmetrics (cybermetrics, webometrics),
  • How did altmetrics evolve, and
  • Will altmetrics continue to strive? 
Target audience:

The webinar is of interest to all with an interest in the history of Altmetrics. From early career researchers to policymakers & funders.


Stephan Gauch & Clemens Blumel


peer review scholarly communication impact open access altmetrics


James Wilsdon, Liz Allen, Eleonora Belfiore, Philip Campbell, Stephen Curry, Steven Hill, Richard Jones, Roger Kain, Simon Kerridge, Mike Thelwall, Jane Tinkler, Ian Viney, Paul Wouters, Jude Hill, Ben Johnson.

Short Description

The Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management was set up in April 2014 to investigate the current and potential future roles that quantitative indicators can play in the assessment and management of research. Its report, ‘The Metric Tide’, was published in July 2015 and is available below.


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