Measuring scholarly impact has never been so cool or so colorful

You’ve probably used impact factor and h-index for measuring your scholarly impact.

But have you heard of altmetrics?

Jason Priem, a founder of the altmetrics movement and author of “Altmetrics: A Manifesto” tells us:

“Altmetrics is the study and use of scholarly impact measures based on activity in online tools and environments. The term has also been used to describe the metrics themselves–one could propose in plural a ‘set of new altmetrics.’ Altmetrics is in most cases a subset of both scientometrics and webometrics; it is a subset of the latter in that it focuses more narrowly on scholarly influence as measured in online tools and environments, rather than on the Web more generally.”

Altmetrics look at how often an article is:

♦ Downloaded
♦ Stored in a citation management program
♦ Shared via social media
♦ Cited in non-traditional publications
♦ Mentioned in the news

You may have seen what is commonly called the “Altmetrics Donut” and wondered how the score was generated.  Here’s a breakdown:

News: 8
Policy Documents:3
Blogs: 6
Twitter: 1
Facebook: .25
Wikipedia: 3
Google Plus: 1
F1K: 1
Sine Weibo:1
YouTube: .25
Reddit: .25
LinkedIn: .5
Pinterest: .25

altmetric donut

Altmetric.com requires a subscription to the service and also an account.  At this time, we do not have an institutional subscription, but there are free options available to individuals.

For further reading on the topic, we recommend:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25316077
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23724101
http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/

Still have questions?  Your liaison librarians are here to help.

Contact us by email, by calling (585) 275-2487, or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.

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