Top 5% of Finnish research, as measured by altmetrics
Research Unit for the Sociology of Education (RUSE) in University of Turku has published the FIimpact.fi-portal that shows the top 5% of Finnish research, as measured by altmetrics. This portal was made in RUSE's project Measuring the Societal Impact of Open Science that has got financing from Ministry of Education and Culture.
As citation-based research evaluation is increasingly criticized, some alternative or complementary sources of data about research impact are being investigated under the umbrella term altmetrics. The idea with altmetrics is that the mentions and other indicators of awareness and attention (e.g., number of tweets, comments, mentions, blog entries, and social bookmarks) a research article and other research products receive on the web and in social media could tell something about the impact or influence of that research.
Altmetrics could also point researchers to interesting and more valuable research that have received most attention from other researchers and from the general public. On the other hand, while the open science movement still lacks the incentives for individual researchers to adopt the ideology of the movement, altmetrics could bring some of the lacking incentives by providing novel indicators for attention, visibility and impact. Similarly altmetrics can inform funders, policymakers and other stakeholders of the wider impact of research and give a more nuanced understanding of the impact research has made.