Article level impact
Article level metrics reflect the impact of a specific piece of research and may be a more useful addition to your resumé or grant application than journal impact or rank, i.e. the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) of a journal does not describe the impact, importance or quality of any individual paper.
Traditional scholarly citation metrics reflect an article's long-term contribution to the scientific literature. Citation counts are available for articles submitted to scholarly journals in citation databases and other sources such as Google Scholar:
Alternative metrics, or social impact
Alternative metrics, or social impact include other impacts of a work, such as the number of article views, numbers of downloads, or mentions in social media and news media.
- The number of views or downloads from a publishers web site or institutional repository indicate that someone is interested in reading an article.
- Mentions in blogs and news stories, or citations in Wikipedia, demonstrate that an article is reaching the intended audience.
- An article bookmarked in CiteULike, or shared in Mendeley by other researchers, is considered to be important to other researchers.
- Articles shared via Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) have caught the attention of someone.
Alternative metrics will normally be available sooner than traditional citation metrics, which are dependent on journal publishing cycles.