Usage metrics versus altmetrics: confusing terminology?

@article{Glnzel2014UsageMV,
  title={Usage metrics versus altmetrics: confusing terminology?},
  author={Wolfgang Gl{\"a}nzel and Juan Gorraiz},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2014},
  volume={102},
  pages={2161-2164}
}
Recently an increasingly controversial discussion about the concepts of usage metrics and altmetrics got going at conferences and meetings in our field. While for a small group both concepts are clearly different, a large part of the community tends to regard usage metrics as a subset of altmetrics. From our point of view this use of terminology is not appropriate, and can easily lead to unnecessary confusion and misunderstandings reflected in a distorted scientific communication. In what… CONTINUE READING
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