[Irtalk] The Imperative for Open Altmetrics

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 10:56:44 SAST 2014

*“Scholarly communication is broken.”* We’ve heard this refrain for close
to twenty years now, but what does it mean?

Academic publishing is still mostly a slow, arduous, and closed process.
Researchers have little incentive to experiment with new forms of scholarly
communication or make their research freely available at the speed of
science, since they’re mainly recognized for publishing journal articles
and books: a narrow, very traditional form of scholarly impact.

Most arguments attribute academic publishing’s problems to a system that
benefits corporate interests or to perverse incentives for tenure and
promotion. *The solution? Open up research and update our incentive systems

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