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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Altmetrics - Altmetrics - Research Guides at University of Southern California


Altmetrics: Altmetrics

What is Almterics?

Altmetrics refer to "alternative metrics" or
"article-level metrics." As the internet accelerated dissemination of
scholarly work, scholars wanted a way to evaluate a work's impact beyond
the more traditional methods of citation counts and journal impact
factors. Altmetrics attempts to fill that gap by using social media
mentions, link backs, blogs, news outlet coverage, and other web metrics
to measure the impact of a particular work. Altmetrics are especially
well  suited to datasets and types of scholarly work not covered by
traditional metrics. As with other metrics, the Altmetric score doesn't
necessarily tell you anything about the quality of the individual
publication. It's always best to review the publication yourself and
investigate mentions as need be.


Journals published by Springer, Wiley, Nature Publishing Group,
and select Elsevier publications are now including altmetric tabs on
individual articles.

In USC Libraries Main Search option
an Altmetric button will now appear if/when there is altmetric data
available for a given publication. By mousing-over the altmetric button
you will see what online activity or attention the work has received. In
addition, each of the platforms/sites listed is linked to
a ProQuest/Altmetric website (that opens in a new page) which includes a
list of the mentions for you to explore:

If you click on the button a new page will open taking you to a joint ProQuest/Altmetric website that
includes  more detailed information (demographics, geography of
mention,and an option to set up alerts if/when this publication is
mentioned in the future). This button will also show up on the Find It @
USC Sidebar and Results Pages if there is data available.

Using Almetric Bookmarklet

Altmetric Bookmarklet
can be used in Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. It is a free bookmark
tool from which creates other products for analyzing
almetrics through paid subscriptions.Clicking the bookmarklet will
display a colorful wheel containing the article score and additional
information about where it was mentioned.

  • The Bookmarklet only works on pages containing a DOI
  • It only supports publishers who embed Google Scholar friendly citation metadata on their pages by default
  • Twitter mentions are only available for articles published since July 2011

Altmetrics - Altmetrics - Research Guides at University of Southern California

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