Stacey Konkiel (Altmetric) has written a post reflecting on her recent efforts to understand how research in the humanities is evaluated, with an eye towards the digital humanities in particular.
Observing that scholarly societies have begun to issue guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship projects, Konkiel notes that they:
tend not to address newer types of quantitative and qualitative data, sourced from the web, that can help reviewers understand the full scope of the impacts your work may have. This data can include newer impact metrics like numbers of website visitors, what other scholars are saying about your work on their research blogs and social media, how many members of the public have reviewed your books on GoodReads and Amazon, and so on.
Konkiel’s post includes links and slides from her recent presentations on this topic, and she invites readers to contribute to a conversation on where altmetrics might fit into the humanities.