EIFL webinar: altmetrics and open peer review modules for repositories

Learn how to integrate altmetrics and open peer review modules into an institutional repository

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Isabel Bernal (DIGITAL.CSIC manager)
June 2016

Find out more about two innovative services that represent important new functionalities for repositories and offer added value for researchers and research institutions in this COAR/EIFL/OpenAIRE/DIGITAL.CSIC webinar. 

Isabel Bernal (DIGITAL.CSIC manager) presents the experience of integrating altmetrics and Open Peer Review modules at DIGITAL.CSIC, the institutional repository of the Spanish National Research Council.

This introductory webinar is aimed at repository managers, researchers, librarians and the wider community of open access and open science advocates.

Altmetric institutional repository badges

Altmetric institutional repository badges are freely available for academic repositories and individual researchers. Embedding them is a straightforward process and badges are customisable.

How it works:

  • Altmetric has to track your repository, items must include the appropriate metadata and the repository adds the badge code to its pages.
  • Altmetric support a wide range of identifiers, including DOIs, PubMed Ids, ISBNs, Handles, arXiv Ids, ADS Ids, SSRN Ids, RePEC Ids, ClinicalTrials.gov records, URLs…so you can track attention gathered by items that have no DOI, if you like!
  • IN DIGITAL.CSIC for the time being, Altmetric badge is associated with DOI identifier through the metadata: dc.identifier.doi. But the badges support other identifiers metadata!!

All the technical information you need is here

What are CSIC researchers using altmetrics for?

  • Track reach and impact of their works, mostly for those dated 2011 onwards
  • Discover geographic distribution of attention received + types of end-users
  • Find evidence of broader value (i.e, research results applied in practice, public engagement outside of academia)
  • Useful data for early career researchers
  • Analysis of data helps tailor more effective communications strategies to make sure that research outputs get to the relevant audiences
  • A quick means to see which journals usually generate a lot of traffic
  • Useful data for non traditional outputs available in repositories like working documents, policy reports, bulletins and newsletters, datasets, software, data in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • But not a mature metric to assess scientific excellence and evaluation purposes because: need for specific definitions, strategies for improving data quality from providers, promoting use of persistent identifiers, transparent methods for calculating specific output types, and use cases for various stakeholder groups http://crln.acrl.org/content/77/6/274
  • In Spain, altmetrics may be suitable data to show evidence of broader engagement in the national standard CV template

Open Peer Review module for repositories

With the support of OpenAIRE, Open Scholar has coordinated a consortium of five partners to develop the first Open Peer Review Module (OPRM) for open access repositories, the partners include:

  1. The institutional repository of the Spanish National Research Council (DIGITAL.CSIC)
  2. The repository of the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (repositorio.ieo.es/e-ieo/ e-IEO)
  3. The Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) in Catalonia
  4. The Multidisciplinary Laboratory of Library and Computer Sciences (SECABA) in Granada, and
  5. A company of DSpace professional development and services (ARVO)

The project envisions the gradual conversion of existing open access repositories into fully-functional evaluation platforms that will provide the capacity needed to bring back research quality control to the community of scholars and help bridge the gap between academic institutions and publishers. The OPRM has been developed as a plugin for repositories using the DSpace software package, but is designed in a way that facilitates adaptation to other repository software suites such as EPrints and Invenio.

Read more about the project here and download the software code here.


DIGITAL.CSIC organizes, preserves and provides open access to research outputs by the multidisciplinary network of institutes and centres belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public research performing institution in Spain. DIGITAL.CSIC has been experimenting with innovative services, including alternative impact metrics, support to non-traditional research artifacts like datasets and code, emerging peer review practices and authors profiles.