Dr. Joan Serra

Porträt Joan Serra

A multi-level analysis of altmetrics: measuring their disciplinary heterogeneity

Altmetrics is an umbrella term formed from the amalgamation of the words alternative and metrics. It refers to non-traditional academic performance metrics derived from online sources such as social media. The use of altmetrics has grown significantly since they were first described in 2011. Their use is still controversial and there is no consensus on their value. Most research points to their usefulness as early indicators of academic citation and as tools for measuring networks and social relevance of research.

In this project, I aim to contribute to this discussion with a multilevel model to measure how well altmetrics index academic impact, measured for example by peer-review ratings or the number of citations after a certain period of time. A multilevel model is a statistical model that considers heterogeneous impact for entities belonging to different categories, e.g. specific academic fields or time periods. The aim is to produce the first comprehensive analysis of heterogeneity in altmetrics for different academic fields.

Research focus

  • Altmetrics
  • Institutional design
  • Decision-making processes
  • Participatory processes
  • Data Science

Curriculum Vitae

  • Research Assistant, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Coordinator Comparative Politics Workshop, University of Chicago
  • Research Associate, University of Chicago
  • Fulbright Fellowship, University of Chicago

Lectures and Publications

  • Knoll, B., & Serra, J. (2018). Cyclical group preferences in national elections. Empirical Economics Letters, 17(6), 713-18.
  • Serra, J. (2015). Economic and political reform. Lessons from Latin America. Theses for the workshop “Greece and the European Union – what ways out of the crisis?”. College Post-Growth Societies.
  • Pallarés, F., & Serra, J. (2014). Estabilidad y Cambio en el Voto en las Elecciones de 2009-2012: Perspectiva Comparada entre CCAA. In F. Pallarés (Ed.): Elecciones Autonómicas y Locales 2011. Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.
  • Pallarés F., & Serra, J. (2012). Las Elecciones Generales de 2011 en España. In J. Tornos (Ed.): Informe Comunidades Autónomas 2011. Instituto de Derecho Público.

Dr. Joan Serra

Fellow at CAIS from July until December 2020