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ALM Workshop 2013

October 10-12, 2013

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Announcement: Data Challenge Info    Final Workshop Schedule   

Full ALM Event on Lanyrd with slides and post-conference commentary


ALM Workshop 2013 (#alm13): As article-level metrics (ALM) come of age, the question is no longer whether we need them, but rather how we implement them. Building upon the successful ALM Workshop in November 2012, PLOS invites you to the second ALM Workshop 2013 on October 10-12, 2013 in San Francisco.

This year, we want to move the community conversations beyond the basics to focus on success stories and challenges encountered, latest analyses on the growing data corpus, as well as deep dives into the technical details behind it all. The format in the first two days will consist of a series of talks and panel discussions with ample mingling time to encourage in-depth sharing. For the third day of the workshop, we will organize a data challenge (data hackathon), giving participants the opportunity to do data analysis and data visualization on a variety of ALM datasets from different sources.

The workshop is open to all.  Supported by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and PLOS, there is no registration cost.

Confirmed speakers include:



Program: The workshop schedule is posted here.  We will have a continental breakfast available starting at 8:30 am on Thursday, Oct 10.  Sessions will begin at 9am.  Venue details for the Fort Mason Center are found here.

Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Reservations: Conference rate is available for the dates of Oct 9-13. Please book early for availability and best rate:

  • Before September 18: $199/night
  • From Sept 19-Oct 6: $229/night
  • After Oct 6: no conference rate, space is not guaranteed


Call for Papers

As ALMs continue to develop, we have an even richer body of knowledge to draw on: more data to better understand the properties of these emerging metrics, more analysis on the evolving behaviors of the research community captured and revealed, and more demonstrations of their application in research discovery and assessment. Come share this ongoing work with the broader research community at the ALM Workshop 2013.

We invite a range of presentations: experimental results, technical reports on working tools, position papers, etc. We welcome viewpoints from researchers, funders, librarians, research administrators, publishers, and tool developers alike. All areas of ALMs and altmetrics are applicable, including:

  • new metrics and new ways of using existing metrics
  • tracking the impact of alternative research objects
  • relation between traditional metrics and altmetrics
  • new ways of using and disseminating ALMs
  • best practices for collecting and aggregating metrics


To propose a presentation, please submit abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) via email to alm [at] by August 11, 2013.  We will notify applicants of decisions by mid-September.  Limited travel support is available for students selected to present a paper.

Pre-Workshop Meetups

Leading up to the big event, we will host a few online meetups to carry on the working group efforts and broaden them out to jump-start the larger group conversations.  Please join as your schedule permits to share recent experiences, concerns, and questions centered around topics. Two tracks will be available: Outreach (Ambassadors, marketing, advocacy, etc.) and Technical (data analysis, API, display, software, etc.).

Outreach Technical
July 9 8.30am-9.30am PT July 10 8.30am-9.30am PT
August 13 8.30am-9.30am PT August 14 8.30am-9.30am PT
September 10 8.30am-9.30am PT September 11 8.30am-9.30am PT
Conference Call Details
US toll free:   1-855-747-8824
International toll free – UK:  0800 368 0950
Participant Passcode: 489 434 2394