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An ACM Web Science Conference 2012 Workshop

Evanston, IL • 21 June 2012

The program of the workshop is now available.


Johan Bollen – Indiana University, Bloomington
Gregg Gordon – Social Science Research Network 

About the Workshop

Increasing scholarly use of Web2.0 tools like Mendeley,, Twitter, and blog-style article commenting presents an opportunity to track scholarly impact in novel ways. Metrics based on this diverse set of Web sources could yield broader, richer, and more timely assessments of current and potential scholarly impact. Realizing this, many authors have begun to investigate these altmetrics, and growing numbers of publishers, funders, and tool-makers are putting altmetrics to practical use.

altmetrics12 encourages continued investigation into the the properties of these metrics: their validity, their potential value and flaws, and their relationship to established measures. Submissions are invited from a variety of areas:

  • New metrics based on social media
  • Tracking science communication on the Web
  • Relation between traditional metrics and altmetrics
  • Peer-review and altmetrics
  • Tools for gathering, analyzing, disseminating altmetrics

This workshop, a follow-up to the successful altmetrics11, will encourage collaboration and cross-pollination between research and practice, combining academic paper presentations with a tech demo  showcase and small-group discussions.

Important Dates

2-page abstracts due June 1, 2012
Acceptance and abstract publication June 5, 2012
Open pre-workshop discussion June 5 – June 21, 2012
Workshop at WebSci 11 June 21, 2012
Discussion closed June 30, 2012
Invitations for post-workshop proceedings TBA


Prospective authors should submit 2-page extended abstracts (max. 1000 words, not including references) via EasyChair. If necessary, the workshop organizers will select the most relevant, original, and significant abstracts for presentation. Experimental results will be given preference, followed by technical reports on working altmetrics tools and position papers. All selected submissions will be published online for open peer review and discussion. Authors are encouraged to participate in the discussions of their work. Based on the presentations and online discussion, selected authors may be asked to submit full papers for peer-reviewed proceedings.

Submissions should be submitted either as plain text or as light weight html. If figures are needed, please use relative urls and submit these as attachments.


Participants should register for either Web Science or NetSci; there’s a box to tick if you want to sign up for altmetrics12.


The workshop is hosted by the ACM Web Science Conference 2012 (Evanston, Illinois). This interdisciplinary conference focuses on advances in studying the full range of social-technical relationships on the Web. Please visit the conference website for more information.


Confirmed attendees

(as of June 8, 2012)