Thursday 26 May 2016

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact

This course will be running again in 2017. Please contact Melissa Marshall for dates. For in-house enquiries (members only), please contact Amanda Whiting


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. It includes 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 citations metrics
  • Strategies to maximize citation impact
  • Hands on sessions using the most commonly used 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 and the Usage Factor
  • Article and author level metrics such as the h-index.

By the end of the course delegates will be able 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 an overview of recent COUNTER developments such as the Usage Factor. 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 course)

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

“Exceptionally knowledgeable speakers, very engaging, very helpful.” Ed Mottram, SAGE Publications

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

"Extremely useful insight into world of citations with excellent real life examples and useful hands-on sessions." James Kitchen, OECD

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


James Hardcastle, Taylor & FrancisJames Hardcastle

James Hardcastle is the Research Manager 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.

 Natalia Madjarevic, AltmetricNatalia Madjarevic

Natalia Madjarevic joined Altmetric as Training and Implementation Manager in 2014, where she coordinates the rollout of Altmetric tools with new 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. She has worked in a range of libraries including UCL, Queen Mary, University of London and The Guardian. Her professional interests include open access to publicly funded research, using altmetrics to inform and understand research impact and new forms of digital scholarship.

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00
It will be held in a computer training room with a workstation for each participant.
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: QA Middlesex Street Training Centre, 110 Middlesex Street, London E1 7HT, T: + 44 (0) 207 092 9710 (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. 

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 26 May 2016
  • Thu 26 May 2016
  • QA Middlesex Street Training Centre, 110 Middlesex Street, London