Tuesday 15 May 2018

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2019. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


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 great course that offers insights, guidance and practical exercises for anyone who's unsure how to measure impact for their journals." Frances Lee, BMJ

" 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

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


Charlotte Perry-Houts , Altmetric

Charlotte Perry-Houts pictureCharlotte is from San Francisco, where she had worked at one library, two archives, and one publisher over the past six years. Prior to moving to Altmetric in London in 2017, she worked in Publishing Services at the journal PLOS ONE, where her areas of focus included reporting of new species, adherence to publication ethics standards and open data requirements, and improving journal processes. Currently she is Implementation Manager at Altmetric, where she onboards new organizations to the Altmetric platform. She is passionate about journalism, public science, and public history, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the open access movement.

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.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 15 February 2018 

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Members early bird            £372.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £413.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £601.00 (+VAT where applicable
Academic rates are available, please contact

Venue: Euston House, 24 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1AD: +44 (0)20 3102 4700 (map) 
This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
 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.
Any discounts will be applied at checkout.
Note that booking will be closing early for this course as we are hiring laptops and will need to know numbers in advance.


Upcoming Dates for this event

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