Presentation given at the ALM Workshop in San Francisco, October 10-12, 2013
When scouring the literature for hidden gems, readers must be able to quickly dissern the value of a research product. Skilled readers rely on a series of cues from the product page in order to pass judgement, even before engaging with the text at hand. In more recent years, with the advent of Article Level Metrics (ALMs), readers started ahving a new set of value signals at their disposal. ALMs provide metrics of peer use, ranging from downloads to citations to social media. Yet, while ALMs and altmetrics have been growing in popularity, there has been little attention on how these metrics should be displayed as to maximize their utility for readers.
As readers are exposed to a consistent visualization accross journals using the Public Knowledge Project's "Open Journal Systems", it is expected that they will quickly learn to glean peer's usage across various dimensions with ease. The search for those prized research gems has just been made a little easier.