Towards usage-based impact metrics: first results from the mesur project.

  title={Towards usage-based impact metrics: first results from the mesur project.},
  author={Johan Bollen and Herbert Van de Sompel and Michael A. Rodriguez},
Scholarly usage data holds the potential to be used as a tool to study the dynamics of scholarship in real time, and to form the basis for the definition of novel metrics of scholarly impact. However, the formal groundwork to reliably and validly exploit usage data is lacking, and the exact nature, meaning and applicability of usage-based metrics is poorly understood. The MESUR project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation constitutes a systematic effort to define, validate and cross… 

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