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ReaderMeter: researcher-level metrics based on readership

Martin Fenner
October 3, 2010 1 min read

In a blog post last week (https://web.archive.org/web/20101016090754/http://www.academicproductivity.com/2010/readermeter-crowdsourcing-research-impact/?), Dario Taraborelli officially announced ReaderMeter (https://web.archive.org/web/20101016090754/http://readermeter.org/?). ReaderMeter takes the usage data from reference managers (starting with Mendeley (https://web.archive.org/web/20101016090754/http://www.mendeley.com/?)) to analyze the impact of publications by a particular author.

ReaderMeter is a welcome addition to other metrics of researcher impact, most of which are citation-based. And ReaderMeter was hacked together in a few nights, so the service should improve over time. Dario mentions some of the current limitations in his blog post:

ReaderMeter is visually pleasing and fun to use. And the data are also provided in JSON format, which allows integration into other web pages, e.g. the researcher’s home page.

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