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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Altmetrics - Scholarly Impact and Citation Analysis - LibGuides at Ohio State University


What is Altmetrics?

altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.  (

is a developing field that seeks to supplement the traditional forms of
citation analysis, such as article citation and journal impact factor,
with usage measures that can be captured through social media, such as
Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and bibliographic management tools like
Mendeley and Zotero.

Examples of Altmetrics

The following boxes are current
examples of applications and websites that provide some alternative
metrics for measuring the use/impact of an article.  New services and
tools will become available as this field is developed.

Altmetric for Scopus

Altmetric for Scopus
is a small web application that runs within the sidebar of Scopus
article and abstract pages. It's a quick and easy way to see all of the
social or mainstream media mentions gathered for a particular paper as
well as reader counts on popular reference managers. In order to add the
application to your Scopus view, create an account and go to
Applications.   You must be logged on to your account when searching
Scopus to see the application in the sidebar.

The following is an example of the Altmetric for an article.  


is a website that makes it quick and easy to view the impact of a wide
range of research output. It goes beyond traditional measurements of
research output -- citations to papers -- to embrace a much broader
evidence of use across a wide range of scholarly output types. The
system aggregates impact data from many sources and displays it in a
single report, which is given a permaurl for dissemination and can be
updated any time.

are computed based on  data sources, such as Facebook, PLoS,
Slideshare, Twitter, PubMed, Scopus, Mendeley, etc.  See the FAQ for more information about the data.


The “Metrics” tab on each article published in PLOS ONE provides
information on online article usage, citations to the article, and
other indicators of impact. The regularly updated data fall into the
following categories:
  • citations
  • article usage
  • media and blog coverage about the article
  • social tools for reference management as well as research recommendation and evaluation
  • PLOS reader evaluation
For more information, see the information page at PLOS ONE.

Altmetrics - Scholarly Impact and Citation Analysis - LibGuides at Ohio State University

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