Seminar: Measuring the excellence and societal impact of research – How and why?

In this seminar (on February 15) you will learn what you can do with the tools Altmetric Explorer and SciVal, as well as how you can use them responsibly for evaluations and reports. You will also get a glimpse of the developments in ‘showcasing’ societal impact when applying for funding, among other things.

01/22/2018 | 4:04 PM

metrics Traditionally, citation scores are the primary metric used in research evaluations. At VU Amsterdam, we believe that it is also important to consider the societal contribution of research, its Gross Academic Value. Several new ‘alternative metrics’ have emerged in recent years. In 2017, the VU Amsterdam Library teamed up with VU researchers to investigate the potential contribution of alternative metrics tools. Two tools were purchased – Altmetric Explorer and SciVal – which all VU Amsterdam researchers will be able to use in 2018. Altmetric Explorer shows where research is discussed in social or other media and policy documents, thus giving an impression of the societal impact. SciVal enables a quick visualisation of research performance as well as a comparison with that of fellow researchers and institutions. The tool additionally provides insight into new and existing opportunities for interesting partnerships.

In this seminar, you will learn what you as a researcher and research manager can do with these tools, as well as how you can use them responsibly for evaluations and reports. You will also get a glimpse of the developments in ‘showcasing’ societal impact when applying for funding, among other things.

VU Amsterdam researchers who have tried out altmetricexplorer.com and scival.com will share their thoughts and experiences. Policy officers and research managers will also speak about the possibilities of using the tools for research evaluations (such as SEP) and funding applications.

Whom is it for?
Research managers, researchers, research policy officers, grant reviewers and research communications officers.

Program and registration
There are 40 places available for participants, so take a look at the program and be sure to register soon.

Practical workshops: starting March 2018
As from March, the VU Amsterdam Library will be organising workshops in which you learn how to use PURE, Altmetric Explorer and SciVal for drawing up research reports and evaluations, as well as for monitoring science communication. The dates and registration form for these workshops will be made available on the Agenda soon. You can also sign up for the workshops during the seminar.

Background articles
•    Kennisland: an opinion piece on societal impact in the academic world.

Website
Measuring research impact: metrics