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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 various metrics, from traditional citations to social media interactions. As such, they provide a means to measure the social impact of research, beyond academia

Publisher platform altmetrics

  • BioMed Central
    A BioMed Central blog detailing how their article records now provide article-level metrics
  • Metrics attached to BioMed Cental articles
    See this sample of metrics applied to a BioMed Central article
  • PLoS One
    PLoS One now 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
    InTech is an open access publisher of books and journals. Publication level metrics available in InTech include the number of downloads of individual chapters and whole books, including the countries from which the book was accessed
  • Nature
    Nature Publishing Group has introduced article-level metrics that include Web of Science and Scopus citations, and Facebook/Twitter mentions
  • Altmetrics in Scopus
    Scopus now provides a range of 'altmetric' measures in a box to the right of article records. These include number of Mendeley readers (another Elsevier product), and mentions in blog posts, tweets and the mass media. Altmetric data, previously provided by, will soon be offered by the another Elsevier-acquisition, PlumAnalytics

Altmetric tracks links to scholarly articles on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, the scientific blogosphere, newspapers and magazines, and then matches this data to search results or full text articles


Tell the full story of your research impact!

ImpactStory is an open-source tool that helps researchers tell data-driven stories about their broader research impacts. Linked to broad ranging 'publications' like articles, software, blogposts, SlideShare presentations, datasets, it shows how your work is making an impact

Plum Analytics


Plum Analytics - measuring research                                        impact

The soon-to-be 'house' altmetrics source in Scopus!


Webcast: Article level metrics

Peter Binsfield (PLoS One) on article level metrics (SPARC webcast, 2012) (Dur: 56:18)

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