The short answer is "yes". There are a few areas where we expect to see improvement in the near-to-distant future:
-- Citation analysis. Thanks to the recent addition of the Citation Markup Assistant, OJS can parse and individually identify citations from a list of references, and stores this information individually in the database. We're investigating how to create an OJS journal-like network to track these citations as part of the national Synergies Project
, and you will likely see our R&D there become part of OJS one way or another.
We're also looking at providing better support for eg. the Crossref citedby service
for more information). If you have any other comparable services that you are interested in, please let us know.
-- Other article readership information. Right now OJS can track "refbacks" (incoming links from other websites); we plan on eventually improving this to distinguish social bookmarks, media coverage, etc.
-- Further stats and reports. We're also implementing different reports into OJS over time. Recent versions of OJS have seen the addition of a views report as well as a subscriber's report. This bug
gives an outdated but somewhat clear breakdown of other statistics and reporting capabilities we're planning, again as part of the national Synergies Project but eventually also added to OJS by default as makes sense.
We're also more generally interested in providing better bibliometrics and other tools to authors, but we're somewhat shy of providing any sort of bespoke "impact factor" analysis -- the whole impact factor concept has a number of problems
that we probably aren't in a position to solve. However, we would be interested in hooking into established bibliometric services where appropriate to provide similar information, for example from Google Scholar, eigenfactor
Further comments are most welcome!