Inspired by @infoliterati‘s foray into Academia.edu, I decided to set forth and delve into ImpactStory. I first heard about this service at the Research Support Community Day in Brisbane, where Pat Loria discussed it in his presentation. ImpactStory is a website which measures research impact using various alternative metrics, such as the number of readers on Menedeley who have saved a copy of your article, how many people have blogged about your research, and the number of times that your SlideShare presentation has been tweeted about.
It’s easy to set up your profile – simply provide the url of your research “products” that you would like to track e.g. journal article, and ImpactStory collects the data. As an example, here’s my ImpactStory profile. You can embed your profile on a website if you wish. It’s also possible to measure the impact of other people’s research. For example, I added the details of some publications from one of Macquarie’s highly-cited authors and was able to see the measures of impact for those. This could make it a valuable tool for Liaison/Research Librarians to be able to provide a service to researchers to show them how their research is being discussed.
We mention ImpactStory on our Research Metrics LibGuide, so I think it’s important to understand how the site works so that I can advise researchers how to use it. All I need to do now is prepare some more research “products” to add to my profile.