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Holmberg, K., Bowman, S., Bowman, T., Didegah, F. and Kortelainen, T., 2019. What Is Societal Impact and Where Do Altmetrics Fit into the Equation?. Journal of Altmetrics, 2(1), p.6. DOI:

What is societal impact and where do altmetrics fit into the equation?

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Author: Holmberg, Kim1; Bowman, Sarah2; Bowman, Timothy3;
Organizations: 1University of Turku, FI
2Baldwin Public Library, US
3Wayne State University, US
4Simon Fraser University, CA
5University of Oulu, FI
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.2 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Levy Library Press, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-02-11


The expectation that scientific research should provide answers to societal issues and support institutional decision-making is increasing, but still there are no systematic methods of identifying and measuring the wider societal impacts of research. In this article, various views on the meaning of impact, the different types of impact or influence that research can have on the society, and the potential of altmetrics to capture and measure this societal impact will be discussed.

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Series: Journal of altmetrics
ISSN: 2577-5685
ISSN-E: 2577-5685
ISSN-L: 2577-5685
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Article number: 6
DOI: 10.29024/joa.21
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See