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12 Oct 2017

EC MLE-Report looks at Open Science altmetrics and rewards

The European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, has published a thematic report of the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on Open Science on different types of altmetrics and rewards. This report provides participants in this MLE with an overview of the different types of altmetrics currently being used and/or investigated for the purpose of research assessment, and discusses the benefits and challenges associated with them.

Altmetrics can reflect the impact that different types of research outputs (including scientific publications, dataset, code, etc.) have had. Altmetrics data are mainly gathered from readily available online sources, making altmetrics highly relevant in the context of Open Science. This document summarises experiences (both 'good' and 'bad') concerning the use of altmetrics in the Member States (MS) and H2020 Associated Countries participating in the MLE. The report is based on a review of relevant background literature, discussions at the kick-off meeting on 27 February 2017 in Brussels, answers to a questionnaire sent to the MLE participants, and discussions during the 1st Working Meeting on 7 April 2017 in Brussels.

To download the report, please click here

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