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Altmetrics: What is it?

Altmetrics is the use of alternative, or nontraditional, measurements to better understand the extent of a work's scholarly impact. According to the Altmetrics Manifesto, "Altmetrics expand our view of what impact looks like, but also of what’s making the impact. This matters because expressions of scholarship are becoming more diverse."

Altmetrics serve as a complement to traditional metrics (e.g., citation counts) by incorporating statistics regarding usage, capture, and mentions of scholarly works in online environments. Examples of alternative metrics include number of clicks, views, and downloads, as well as social media mentions and news coverage

Librarians can help you navigate the world of scholarly impact! Please don't hesitate to reach out to your subject librarian.

Altmetrics: How does it work?

Depending on the product (e.g., Altmetric.com, PlumX), altmetrics are gathered using unique identifiers. These tend to be DOIs (Altmetric.com), but are sometimes ISBNs and URLs (PlumX). Altmetric.com provides free tools to researchers with basic capabilities, while costs are associated with enhanced features. PlumX has costs associated with all features.

Altmetrics at UMaine

          Digital Commons@UMaine Institutional Repository

          DigitalCommons@UMaine provides access to the scholarly, educational, and creative works of the
          University of Maine community. It also provides A
ltmetric.com scores .

          Metrics available in the Digital Commons include download statistics and an Altmetric.com score                     (for items with DOIs). See more about Altmetric.com in the box below.

 

 

Proquest Databases
Click on the abstract or title to see the altmetric score on the bottom right of the page.

IEEE Explore
Click on the abstract or title to see the altmetric score
on the bottom right of the page.


 

   SpringerLink Ebooks
   Search for a book, click on "About this Book," and view the Book Metrics on the right side of
   the page.

 

 

  CINAHL
  In your search results, a PlumX icon will appear. When you hover over it, you will see a variety
  of metrics calculations. Click on "see details" to get additional information. Additional EBSCO
  databases with research article content incorporate PlumX metrics.

Free tools from Altmetric.com

Altmetric.com


Altmetric.com tracks a range of online sources that capture the social life of a researcher's scholarly activity. Altmetric.com is a commercial product that offers a free bookmarklet and is embedded in a variety of library databases.

Altmetrics Further Explained

Pros/Cons of Altmetrics

Potential Advantages:

  • Timeliness
  • Supports a broader swath of scholarly contributions
  • Encourages openness, sharing, and reuse of scholarship 
  • Broadens audience, and thus potential impact

Potential Drawbacks:

  • Gaming
  • Perceptions of “real” impact
  • Dynamic nature of social media
  • Score comparison

Note: Similar to other metrics, altmetrics does not reveal the quality of a work; that is up to the individual scholar to assess. Quantitative measures are only part of a scholar's impact story.

Personalized Altmetric Researcher Profiles

ResearchGate

ResearchGate is an social networking platform where scholars can share research outputs, ask and answer questions, and identify potential collaborators. The contributions made to ResearchGate (e.g., uploaded publications and/or data, questions you ask and answer), the interactions people have with your work on the site, and the reputation of the people interacting with your work make up your RG score. Additional information on the RG Score can be found here, and on their h-index here.

Impactstory

Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool you can download from Github that helps scientists explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products—from traditional ones like journal articles, to emerging products like blog posts, datasets, and software. Alternatively, you can sign up for an account and use the Impactstory platform to create an altmetric researcher profile.

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