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Altmetrics — which seek to capture the impact of a paper or project beyond where it was published or how many times it was cited — are becoming increasingly popular, Jennifer Howard at the Chronicle of Higher Education says. For example, she says, professors like Steven Roberts at the University of Washington are including more data, such as on the number of view of the lab's blog or how many times his slides were downloaded from SlideShare, as part of his tenure package.

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