October 10-12, 2013. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Full ALM Event on Lanyrd with slides and post-conference commentary


ALM Workshop 2013 (#alm13): As article-level metrics (ALM) come of age, the question is no longer whether we need them, but rather how we implement them. Building upon the successful ALM Workshop in November 2012, PLOS invites you to the second ALM Workshop 2013 on October 10-12, 2013 in San Francisco.

This year, we want to move the community conversations beyond the basics to focus on success stories and challenges encountered, latest analyses on the growing data corpus, as well as deep dives into the technical details behind it all. The format in the first two days will consist of a series of talks and panel discussions with ample mingling time to encourage in-depth sharing. For the third day of the workshop, we will organize a data challenge (data hackathon), giving participants the opportunity to do data analysis and data visualization on a variety of ALM datasets from different sources. The workshop is open to all.  Supported by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and PLOS, there is no registration cost. A full list of registrants can be found here.

On the last day of the workshop, we held an ALM Data Challenge.

Workshop 2013 Program

Day 1
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Introduction & Welcome
Cameron Neylon
9:10 AM Opener
Peter Binfield ALM: Looking back, moving forward
9:30 AM Best Practices and Standards
Todd Carpenter NISO altmetrics project
Scott Chamberlain Programmatic access for Altmetrics
Kaitlin Thaney Metrics for web-native science
Geoffrey Bilder CrossRef services for ALMs
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Scholarly Research on ALM
Zohreh Zahedi What is the impact of the publications read by the different Mendeley users? Could they be considered as signals of future impact?
Ehsan Mohammadi Mendeley readership altmetrics for clinical medicine and engineering
William Gunn Research assessment using Mendeley readership data
Stefanie Haustein Empirical analyses of scientific papers and researchers on Twitter: Results of two studies
12:45 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Reporting on ALM
Heather Piwowar & Jason Priem The altmetrics CV: opportunities and challenges
Andrea Michalek Alternative metrics in practice
Adam Dinsmore An exploratory review of PLOS ALM Reports: a funder’s perspective
Juan Alperin Visualizing ALMs in d3.js
3:30 PM Break
4:00 PM Group Discussion
Altmetric Team How should we talk about ALMs?
6:00 PM Reception
Day 2
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Connecting ALM and Literature
Ian Mulvany Connecting data and literature, and interfacing with the broader scholarly infrastructure
Lisa Schiff & Carly Strasser New measures of value: the challenges and possibilities of ALM in CDL services for UC scholarship
Jevin West & Jennifer Lin ALMs and Eigenfactor Article Recommendations
Pascal Rocha da Silva The Frontiers ALM system: Past and future
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Putting ALM in Context
Amy Brand Faculty appointments and the record of scholarship
Mike Taylor The many faces of altmetrics: mapping the social reach of research
Juan Alperin Are ALMs/altmetrics propagating global inequality?
11:30 AM Lunch
12:15 PM Expanding the breadth of ALMs
Eva Amsen The metrics of public referee reports
Martin Fenner & Jennifer Song Building for the future: PLOS ALM application
Gregg Gordon The real impact of ALMs
1:45 PM Break
2:00 PM Panel Discussion Beyond the article
John Sack Beyond article-level metrics
Heather Piwowar
Carly Strasser
Michael Habib
Martin Fenner
3:00 PM Wrap Up
Cameron Neylon ALM Workshop Summary

Call for Papers

As ALMs continue to develop, we have an even richer body of knowledge to draw on: more data to better understand the properties of these emerging metrics, more analysis on the evolving behaviors of the research community captured and revealed, and more demonstrations of their application in research discovery and assessment. Come share this ongoing work with the broader research community at the ALM Workshop 2013.

We invite a range of presentations: experimental results, technical reports on working tools, position papers, etc. We welcome viewpoints from researchers, funders, librarians, research administrators, publishers, and tool developers alike. All areas of ALMs and altmetrics are applicable, including:

  • new metrics and new ways of using existing metrics
  • tracking the impact of alternative research objects
  • relation between traditional metrics and altmetrics
  • new ways of using and disseminating ALMs
  • best practices for collecting and aggregating metrics


To propose a presentation, please submit abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) via email to alm [at] plos.org by August 11, 2013.  We will notify applicants of decisions by mid-September.  Limited travel support is available for students selected to present a paper.

Pre-Workshop Meetups Leading up to the big event, we will host a few online meetups to carry on the working group efforts and broaden them out to jump-start the larger group conversations.  Please join as your schedule permits to share recent experiences, concerns, and questions centered around topics. Two tracks will be available: Outreach (Ambassadors, marketing, advocacy, etc.) and Technical (data analysis, API, display, software, etc.).

Outreach Technical
July 9 8.30am-9.30am PT July 10 8.30am-9.30am PT
August 13 8.30am-9.30am PT August 14 8.30am-9.30am PT
September 10 8.30am-9.30am PT September 11 8.30am-9.30am PT
Conference Call Details
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International toll free - UK:  0800 368 0950
Participant Passcode: 489 434 2394