"Altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing and informing scholarship."

Discover more about Altmetrics in the Altmetrics manifesto.

Altmetrics might be seen as a complement to traditional citation counts. It measures the impact of articles by counting mentions on social media sites and other web sources.

  • Media and blog coverage.
  • Twitter posts.
  • Facebook likes/shares.
  • Social bookmarking activity.
  • Usage and download statistics.

Altmetrics can be used to provide an immediate indicator of activity around a publication whereas citation counts can take months or years to accumulate.

  • Tracks early impact of research.
  • Presents evidence or impacts on society, sometimes required by public and private funders.
  • Showcases attention to a research output beyond academia, allowing for additional future directions.
  • Highlights areas of potential collaboration by using the detailed breakdowns of the mentions received.
    Tracks social media sites, newspapers, and magazines. It has been adopted by Springer, Nature Publishing Group, Scopus, and BioMed Central, and is also embedded as a tool in the University of Auckland's Research Outputs system. The University subscribes to Altmetric Explorer for Institutions which allows researchers to track attention to their research papers from social media, including Twitter, Mendeley, blogs and news outlets. For more information, visit the Altmetric Knowledge Base
  • PlumX
    Tracks over 20 types of research output and tracks research from over 30 sources. Currently, through the Scopus database, University of Auckland staff and students can access PlumX metrics at an item level only.
  • Faculty of 1000 Post-publication Peer Review and Article Factor (FFa)
    Article-level evaluations by F1000 members. Sort by F1000 article factor, date, most evaluated, most viewed. Subscription based.
  • ImpactStory
    Free, open source tool for article-level metrics from the web. Draws from a variety of social and scholarly data sources including Facebook, Twitter, CiteULike, Delicious, PubMed, Scopus, CrossRef, Scienceseeker, Mendeley, Wikipedia, Slideshare, Dryad, and Figshare. View guide on altmetrics for researchers.
  • PLoS Article-Level Metrics
    Tracks the influence of individual Public Library of Science (PLoS) articles from times downloaded to mentions in social media and blogs.

Networking sites are also useful tools for tracking authors and research.

See the Social media for researchers guide for more detail.

Last updated : 28 November 2022
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