Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section


"Altmetrics: It’s time to take action"

[Deadline extended to: 6 March 2017]

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Wroclaw on the theme “Altmetrics: It’s time to take action.”

Altmetrics measure attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources and are indicators of research impact. They provide us with a more complete understanding of how research is being received and used within a short time after publication and are complementary to traditional citation metrics. There are many uses for altmetrics including adding value to institutional repositories, showcasing outputs and achievements, demonstrating impacts, aiding in discovery, demonstrating value and supporting causes. It is time for libraries to take action and include support for altmetrics as well as traditional metrics in their service offerings. This programme will examine how altmetrics are used in libraries and why they are important when working with scholarly communication, serials and other continuing resources issues. We will examine the present and future potential impacts and uses of altmetrics and other metrics.

We invite papers that address any or several of the following topics:

  • Altmetrics and their relationship to other metrics
  • Metrics projects and implementation in libraries
  • Altmetrics and serials and other continuing resources
  • The meaning of metrics
  • Metrics and repositories
  • The uses of metrics
  • Altmetrics standards and best practices
  • Metrics for discovery
  • Libraries supporting metrics uses

Proposals must include the following information:

  1. Name and institution of speaker(s)
  2. Contact information for speaker(s)
  3. Brief biographical information
  4. Proposal title
  5. Brief (250 word) abstract of the proposed paper
  6. Language of presentation

Important dates

Proposal submission deadline:  Friday 17th February 2017 extended to 6 March 2017

Notification of acceptance:  Friday 17th March 2017

Submission of completed paper:  26th May 2017


Proposals should be sent by Friday 6 March 2017 by email to:

Meg Mering, Secretary of the SOCR Standing Committee
Email: [email protected].

Finalists will be notified by 17th March 2017, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by 26th May 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Meg Mering, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section
Email: [email protected] or

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair of the Committee
Email: [email protected]

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Wrocław, Poland. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2017 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.