Alternative metrics or Altmetrics provide article level metrics for research outputs, i.e. other impacts of a work, such as the number of article views, numbers of downloads, or mentions in social media and news media. Altmetrics can be applied to a range of research outputs including articles, books, presentations, videos, source code repositories, web pages, datasets etc.

Authors can establish a Researcher Profile with an aggregated altmetric service, e.g. Impactstory, or refer to individual product specific altmetric providers, e.g. Scopus or a publisher such as PLoS, in order to monitor and compile alternative metric data related to their research. Altmetric data can supplement traditional scholarly citation counts and measures such as the h-index, and may be used to differentiate the impact of your research output from other works with comparable traditional metrics.

Altmetric data is available from:

Publishers Providing Altmetrics

Online publishers providing altmetrics:

1. Library Databases

2. Open Access Publishers: API displayed in Scopus database

Screenshot of example altmetric

Note: This altmetric is dependent on published articles having a Digital Object Identifier

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Further Reading

Kwok, Roberta (2013) Research impact: Altmetrics make their mark. Nature, 500(7463), 491-3

Piwowar, H. (2013). Introduction altmetrics: What, why and where? Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 39(4), 8-9. doi: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390404

Piwowar, H., & Priem, J. (2013). The power of altmetrics on a CV. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 39(4), 10-13. doi: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390405

Thelwall, M., Haustein, S., Lariviere, V., & Sugimoto, C. R. (2013). Do altmetrics work? Twitter and ten other social web services. PloS One, 8(5), e64841. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064841