Past Events
Wednesday 10 May 2017

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact

Please contact Melissa Marshall to find out if this course is running in 2018. If you are interested in running this in-house contact - this option is available to ALPSP members only.


Metrics and impact measurement have become an increasingly important part of the scholarly publishing and research landscape. This course covers some of the ways publishers can measure impact and the associated metrics. It is divided between citation metrics, such as the Impact Factor and citation based analysis, and altmetrics looking at a range of tools such as, Impact Story and PlumX. The course also covers usage as a metric and various author and article level metrics such as the h-index. There will be break-out sessions offering extensive hands-on use of the main citation databases and altmetric data – illustrating the types of analysis which can be derived from these data sources.


  • What are journal citation metrics?
  • Common misconceptions and problems in the use of citation metrics
  • Strategies to maximize citation impact Hands on sessions using the most common citation indexes
  • What is research impact? Understanding the emergence of altmetrics and the landscape of engagement and research dissemination
  • Interpreting altmetrics data: quantitative versus qualitative analysis and understanding the Altmetric Donut scores
  • Qualitative analysis of mentions and listening to the conversation around research online
  • Hands on sessions using altmetrics data Usage data as a metric
  • Article and author level metrics such as the h-index.

This course will be held in a computer training room with a workstation for each participant.

What will you learn?

To understand and explain common citation metrics such as the Impact Factor; explain inherent differences between journals and their metrics. Comprehend author level metrics such as the h-index and how these can be applied at the journal level. Have a clear understanding of altmetrics and how to use them, know how to identify research receiving attention using various tools and have practical ideas on using altmetrics data. Have a view on the future direction of metrics and their role in the publishing industry. Several subscription products and free alternatives will be demonstrated.

Who should attend (Level 2)

Staff working in editorial, marketing, data analyst roles, involved in conducting or presenting the results of citation, altmetric or usage data or analysis. This course is suitable for those with direct responsibility for metrics or two to three years’ wider publishing expertise working in organizations large and small across all subject areas. There is a practical component best suited for those with intermediate Excel skills or similar experience.

Delegate Comments

" A demanding but fascinating guide through a complex area. Our guides were great and led us through skillfully and knowledgeably.” Jacquie Gauntlett, British Journal of Sociology

"Very good analysis of the pitfalls and definitions of the different metrics that are in use. Very illuminating and interesting course." Mark Thorne, Biochemical Society


Natalia Madjarevic, Altmetric

Natalia MadjarevicNatalia joined Altmetric as Training and Implementation Manager in 2014, where she coordinates the rollout of Altmetric tools with natlianew customers and runs the training programme, including broader outreach and educational activities. Natalia was previously Research Support Services Manager at LSE Library, where she was responsible for open access, bibliometrics activities, research data management and liaison with the Department of Economics. Her professional interests include open access to publicly funded research, using altmetrics to inform and understand research impact and new forms of digital scholarship.

James Hardcastle, Taylor & Francis

James HardcastleJames is Senior Manager, Product Analytics, at Taylor & Francis where he has worked for the previous seven years specialising in the analysis of bibliometric, altmetrics and usage data. He is responsible for leading the citation and altmetric analysis within the organization and training staff worldwide in this area for both books and journals.

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
Members           £372.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £541.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Academic          £409.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: In Tuition House, 210 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JX, T: +44 (0)207 939 7899 (Map
Contact: Melissa Marshall  T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team

I found it all really useful and interesting. Hands-on sessions great. Best course I’ve been on for a long time. I will recommend it to my colleagues.

Lucy Sootheran, Emerald Group Publishing

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 10 May 2017
  • Wed 10 May 2017
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