Spotlight on Jason Priem: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Friday, October 25

Jason Priem


  • M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ph.D. in Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Current Positions

  • Co-founder, ImpactStory (2011- )
  • Doctoral student in information science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Notable Affiliations

  • Ubiquity Press Advisory Board member (2011- )
  • Program committee, ScienceOnline 2012 conference (2011)
  • Lead organizer, altmetrics 12 workshop at ACM Web Science Conference (2012)
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, PLoS ONE, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Notable Publications

  • “Scientometrics 2.0: new metrics of scholarly impact on the social Web”. First Monday, 2010. Available at
  • “Altmetrics in the wild: using social media to explore scholarly impact”. arXiv preprint, 2012. Available at
  • “The power of altmetrics on a CV”. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013. Available at

Interesting Facts

  • Priem has worked as a middle school teacher, freelance web designer, and instructional designer for online courses.  
  • Priem is the co-founder of ImpactStory, a free, open-source web-based tool that allows researchers to aggregate alternative metrics for their scholarship.   
  • One of a group of scholars who coined the term “altmetrics”, short for alternative metrics, or measuring scholarly impact over the social web instead of through traditional citation. 

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