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Evaluating Research Impact Using Altmetrics

Article-Level Metrics

Article level metrics are increasingly being recorded and displayed in peer reviewed journals in the science and medicine fields.  The range of article level data captured provides extensive details about the dissemination or impact of the scholar’s online published journal article. Here is a list of some of the altmetric data commonly collected.

  • Article downloads, PDF downloads, html pageviews
  • Number of times the reference is saved in citation management programs like Mendeley and CiteULike
  • Number of times the reference is cited in Web of Science, Scopus and PubMed Central
  • Number of times the article was reported in the mainsteam news media
  • Number of times the article was mentioned in blogs (including scientific blogs), liked on facebook, and tweeted
  • Maps highlighting the global reach of the research article

Academic Journals: An Integrated Metrics Approach

The table below provides details about the altmetric data collected for three online scholarly research journals published by different publishers.

Journal and Selected Altmetric Information

 

(Information obtained from each journal’s web site and altmetric providers’ web sites)

 

Impact Indicator

 

PLOS ONE

 

Nature

Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

Data displayed graphically + summarized to highlight the most active metrics

 

 

 

Yes

 

Yes

Altmetric

Yes

Plum Analytics

Reference saved in citation management programs (e.g. Mendeley, CiteULike)

Influence

Yes

No

Yes

Mendeley

 

Times cited in Web of Science (WOS), Scopus, PubMed Central (PMC)

Cites

Scopus

Scopus

WoS

 

Scopus

PMC

 

 

PLOS & PMC downloads and page views

 

Usage

Yes

n/a

n/a

Facebook & Twitter counts

Social

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Total article views (e.g. html page views, PDF downloads)

Usage

Yes

Yes

(Nature

Platform)

 

Yes

Available in Figshare

Shares

Yes

No

No

 

 

 

 

 

The Donut Graphic and the Altmetric Attention Score – information captured from social media platforms and news (e.g. blogs, facebook, Twitter, YouTube, mainstream news and more)

 

 

No

Yes

No

Plum Print (data visualization graphic for journal articles in EBSCOhost databases) – information captured from social medical platforms and news (e.g. blogs, facebook, Twitter, mainsteam news and more)

 

 

No

No

Yes

Explore Article Level Metrics in Selected Journals

To view the article level altmetrics and see how the various altmetric programs summarize and visually display the information, access current online journal articles.  Here is a sample of academic journals which integrate altmetrics data for published articles.