Alternative metrics or altmetrics “is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.” Altmetrics include article downloads and views, bookmarks, saves, favourites, readers, blog posts, tweets, Wikipedia articles, news stories, likes, shares and ratings. Altmetrics provides impact of just-published work and includes all types of scholarly output.
Altmetrics is a new and emerging field and may have potential in:
Altmetric.com is a service that allows you to see how much attention any article with a DOI (digital object identifier) has received online by using a bookmarklet tool. They also have another subscription product called Altmetric for Institutions that the University of Limerick has access to.
Impactstory is a web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products including journal articles, blog posts, datasets and software. Impactstory aggregates impact data from many sources including Mendeley, Twitter, Scopus and PubMed. The output is displayed in a single, permalinked report which can be included as a link in CVs. ImpactStory offers a free 30 day trial but after that there is a charge for using the service.
Plum Analytics is a paid altmetrics service that tracks more than 20 different types of artifacts, including journal articles, books, videos, presentations, conference proceedings, datasets, source code, cases, and more. Plum Analytics collect impact metrics in 5 major categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations.
This recorded presentation explains what altmetrics are and how they could be beneficial.
Altmetric for Institutions is a tool that allows a university to track and evaluate the online dissemination and impact of their authored research. This tutorial shows you how to use some of the key features of Altmetric for Institutions with further information avaialble in this researcher user guide.
Further reading on altmetrics can be found below: