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Research Impact: Altmetrics

Provides an introduction to the various ways to measure researcher, article, and journal impact

What are Altmetrics?

Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include citations in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter.  Altmetrics is a term coined by Jason Priem, an information scientist, in 2010.

A Beginner's Guide to altmetrics

Definitions

Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter.

Bibliometrics is a statistical analysis of written publications, such as books or articles.  

Citation metrics focus on the statistical patterns and measurements of citations. The usage is measured through citation counts of articles, authors, or journals.

 

Finding Altmetric Data

Altmetric Badges or "Altmetric donuts" are a distinctive and recognizable visualization to show the influence of published content.  The badges can be added to your web pages to highlight the wider impact of your published research.
 

The Altmetric Bookmarklet makes it easy for researchers to get started with altmetrics.  After installing the bookmarklet on your browser, you can navigate to a journal article page, activate the bookmarklet and instantly get an altmetric badge for the article.

 

PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output.  Metrics are categorized into five categories including usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations.  Scopus includes Plum Analytics data, so each record has easy access to altmetrics. 

 

Embedding altmetric Badges

The altmetric donut can be added to your personal web page to highlight the impact of your article.  An altmetric donut like the one below can be clicked to take the reader to a page on altmetric.com that contains more information on the article specified.

 

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