Lutz Bornmann and Robin Haunschild

Lutz Bornmann is a habilitated sociologist of science and works at the Division for Science and Innovation Studies of the Max Planck Society, He received the Derek de Solla Price Memorial Medal in 2019. Robin Haunschild is at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, A chemist, his current research interests include the study of altmetrics and the application of bibliometrics to specific fields of natural sciences, e.g. climate change.

Measuring sticks

Can We Use Altmetrics to Measure Societal Impact?

In this post, Lutz Bornmann and Robin Haunschild present evidence from their recent study examining the relationship of peer review, altmetrics, and bibliometric analyses with societal and academic impact. Drawing on evidence from REF2014 submissions, they argue altmetrics may provide evidence for wider non-academic debates, but correlate poorly with peer review assessments of societal impact.

2 years ago