This project investigates new approaches offered by Social Media to rethink and explore new ways to measure research outputs by comparing traditional metrics with Altmetrics (new metrics based on social media).

Thus, we aim to design, develop and evaluate a system prototype called ARIAAltmetrics for Research Impact Actuation”, to gather and compute altmetrics to measure research impact.


This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its Science of Research, Innovation and Enterprise programme (SRIE Award No. NRF2014-NRF-SRIE001-019). Any opinions, findings, conclusions and/or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Singapore National Research Foundation.


The main objectives of this study are:

  1. To carry out a literature survey of traditional metrics and new metrics, that is, altmetrics to measure research outputs.

  2. To develop a framework and a set of hypotheses for cross-metric validation.

  3. To develop new metrics on research impact that can be harvested from social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Weibo, etc.).

  4. To develop new research impact metrics for the different disciplines, broadly divided into:
    1. “hard sciences” research which include sciences, computing and engineering
    2. “non-hard sciences” research which include humanities, arts, business and social sciences

  5. To develop new metrics to measure research innovation and commercialisation.

  6. To design, develop and evaluate the ARIA prototype based on inputs from a. to e.

Interaction of Work Packages:

Invitation to participate in a Worldwide Survey

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Researchers from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore are currently studying the awareness, familiarity and usage of various traditional metrics and altmetrics used to evaluate research outputs under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. Theng Yin Leng, Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. This study will initiate and help not only individual researchers, but also educational and research institutions, and funding agencies, to measure and benchmark research outputs by understanding their awareness and usage of different metrics. As such, we hope that you will be able to assist us by completing the following online survey.

Please CLICK here to participate in Worldwide Survey

This questionnaire will take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and is easily accessible via your mobile device. Also, we assure you that your participation in this study will remain strictly confidential. We greatly appreciate your help if you could participate in the survey and disseminate this mail to other faculty and research acquaintances.

If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact:

Aw Fenlin Ashley Sara (Ms)
Research Assistant
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Htet Htet Aung (Ms)
Research Assistant
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


System Architecture of ARIA Prototype



About Us

This is a project of Centre for HEalthy and Sustainable citieS. CHESS is an interdisciplinary research centre devoted to projects at the convergence of technology, communication and information on health, risk and environmental issues from human-centred perspectives in the Asian context.

Lead PI

Dr. Theng Yin Leng

Professor and Director, WKWSCI


Dr. Edie Rasmussen

Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Khor Khiam Aik, Michael

Professor, RSO

Dr. Richard Seyler Ling

Professor, WKWSCI

Dr. Sin Sei Ching Joanna

Associate Professor, WKWSCI

Dr. Sun Aixin

Associate Professor, SCE

Dr. Wen Yonggang

Associate Professor, SCE

Dr. Xiao Xiaokui

Associate Professor, SCE


Chia Yew Boon

Deputy Director, NTU Libraries

Samantha Ang

Deputy Director, NTU Libraries

Dr. Peng Taiquan, Winson

Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Research Staff

Aarthy Nagarajan

Research Engineer

Luo Feiheng

Research Engineer

Dr. Helen Mojisola Erdt

Research Fellow

Zheng Han

Research Assistant

Aravind Sesagiri Raamkumar

Research Associate

Cui Xinyue

Research Assistant

Harsha Vijayakumar

Research Engineer


Centre for HEalthy and Sustainable citieS

Mailing Address:
04-19 Communication and Informatics Research Laboratory Asia (COOLASIA),
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University
31 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718

Contact Details:

Prof Theng Yin Leng

Founding Director, Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Cities
Director, Communication and Informatics Research Laboratory Asia
Research Director for Arts, Hummanities, Education and Social Sciences, President's Office, NTU

Phone: (+65) 6790-5834

Address: 05-08, WKWSCI Building, 31 Nanyang Link, Singapore, 637718


Altmetrics At a Glance