Altmetrics (alternative metrics) look beyond traditional academic publishing mechanisms to discover the impact of research or a researcher through social media. Results for each social media channel will differ as each appeal to different audiences, and different platforms have different discipline biases, for example highly tweeted stories tend to be focussed on policy, gender, funding and contentious science issues.
Altmetric.com, a service which is free of charge for researchers, generates a colour-coded “donut” and article score, indicating the level of sharing activity via sources such as blogs, news outlets, tweets, facebook, Wikipedia, google+, CiteULike, Mendeley readers and more.
Key features of Altmetric.com:
| Metrics available
||The article score and colour-coded donut.
||The article score includes a quality measure by giving higher scores to news items rather than facebook pages, and to attention from a researcher as opposed to automated tweets.
||The article score is a complex calculation, explained to some extent in the help pages, but underlines the importance of understanding the tool you are using.
| Further information
- Altmetric bookmarklet – a free browser plug in that lets you instantly see the Altmetric data for any publication with a DOI. Click on the donut to view the full details page for each output.
- Altmetric badges – these enable you to showcase the online attention surrounding your research, and it’s free to embed them in your individual profile or publications page in just a few simple steps.