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Introduction to Altmetrics

Altmetrics are alternative impact metrics that seek to monitor online social engagement with digital research outputs.

They include a broad range of outputs, from scholarly publications to public commentary, and a broad range of metrics, from traditional citations to social media interactions. As such, they provide a means to measure the social impact of research, beyond academia.

What are Altmetrics - definitions, examples and sources of altmetrics

ASIS&T Bulletin Special Issue all about altmetrics.

Altmetrics White Paper Draft. NISO (National Information Standards Organization) released June 2014

Why universities should care about Altmetrics.

Altmetrics for institutions


Publisher Platform Altmetrics

BioMed Central

  • Some article records will provide article level metrics - View this example.

Public Library of Science (PLOS) provides the following metrics:

  • Article Usage Statistics – HTML pageviews, and PDF and XML downloads
  • Citations – From Web of Science, PubMed Central, Scopus, and Crossref
  • Social Bookmarks – currently from CiteULike and Connotea
  • Comments – left by article readers
  • Notes – also from readers
  • Blog posts – aggregated from a variety of sources


  • InTech is an open access publisher of books and journals. Publication level metrics available for InTech publicaitons include the number of downloads of individual chapters and whole of book, including the countries from which the book was accessed.


  • Nature Publishing Group has introduced article-level metrics that include WoS and Scopus citations, and Facebook/Twitter mentions. View this example.


A measure of an article’s impact on social media.

altmetric scopus


Altmetric continuously tracks hundreds of thousands of links to scholarly articles on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, the scientific blogosphere, newspapers and magazines then matches that data to the search results or full text articles that you are viewing on Scopus.



Tell the full story of your research impact.

ImpactStory aggregates altmetrics: diverse impacts from your articles, datasets, blog posts, and more.

The Ultimate Guide to Altmetrics


Plum Analytics


plum Plum Analytics - measuring research impact.
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