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Altmetrics

Altmetrics: what they are, tools to gather them and how to increase your altmetric scores.

About Altmetric

Altmetric gathers article level metrics for journal articles, and provides altmetric data for publishers, institutions and researchers.

Altmetric widgets may be embedded into databases, e-journals or institutional repositories.

You can also use the Altmetric bookmarklet to view metrics for any online article with a DOI.

Altmetric gathers metrics for articles from four main types of sources:

  1. Policy documents.
  2. Mainstream media.
  3. Social media.
  4. Online reference manager and publisher download count data.

Example:

Lustig, R. H., Schmidt, L. A., & Brindis, C. D. (2012). Public health: The toxic truth about sugarNature482(7383), 27-29.

Altmetric Explorer for Institutions

The University of Melbourne has a subscription to Altmetric Explorer.

You can access it via the link below or via: www.altmetricexplorer.com while you are on campus.

You can use Altmetric Explorer to explore social media mentions for:

  • All publications with authors affiliated with the University of Melbourne, or
  • For specific authors, or
  • Faculties, departments, or schools, or
  • Subject areas.

Note that Altmetric Explorer imports information on University of Melbourne authors and their publications from Minerva Elements. Therefore it is important to keep your Minerva Elements profile up-to-date.

Databases and eJournals with embedded information from Altmetric

Many databases and e-journals now have Altmetric information embedded in the pages for articles.

Look out for an Altmetric box, Am score button, Article metrics link or similar and click through for view the full article-level metrics.

If a database or e-journal does not have embedded altmetric information, you can use the Altmetric bookmarklet.

For some examples, see the databases and e-journals below:

Altmetric it! Use the Altmetric Bookmarklet

Use the altmetric bookmarklet for a quick and easy way to view article level metrics for any online article that has a DOI:

  1. Drag the bookmarklet into the bookmarks bar in your browser.
  2. View any paper in your browser.
  3. Click the bookmarklet to view altmetrics for the article.

The Altmetric bookmarklet only:

  • Works for articles from PubMed, arXiv or pages containing a DOI,
  • Supports publishers who embed Google Scholar friendly citation metadata on their pages,
  • Collects twitter mentions for articles published since July 2011.

For more information see:

Altmetric Bookmarklet