In an attempt to provide alternative metrics to the traditional journal impact factor, the open-access journal __Public Library of Science ONE__ announced that it will release a slew of alternative impact data about individual articles in the coming months. The new "articles-level metrics project" -- which will post usage data, page views, citations from linkurl:Scopus;http://info.scopus.com/ and linkurl:CrossRef,;http://www.crossref.org/ social networlking links, press coverage, comments, and user ratings for each of __PLoS ONE__'s thousands of articles -- was announced yesterday (Jan. 18) by linkurl:Peter Binfield,;=http://www.plos.org/about/people/one.html the journal's managing editor, at the linkurl:ScienceOnline'09;http://www.scienceonline09.com/ conference in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
"No one has any data other than [ISI] impact factors," Binfield told __The Scientist__. "Our idea is to throw up a bunch of metrics and see what people use." From its inception at the end of 2006, __PLoS ONE__ has eschewed the notion of impact factors. (It is not currently listed by the...
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