Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, use the Social Web to generate new measures of scholarly impact. Examples of altmetrics include the number of:
Advantages of altmetrics:
Altmetrics are a burgeoning area of study and they are not meant to replace traditional measures of impact, but they do provide another way to assess research impact.
Scopus is a citation database that indexes journals, trade publications and conference proceedings in the health and natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities with citation data available from 1996 to present.
Scopus uses PlumX Metrics as the primary source of article-level metrics, replacing the previously used Atlmetrics.com metrics. PlumX Metrics are categorized into five different categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations. For more information specifically on what each of these categories entail, please visit the PlumX website.
On the Scopus article page, a sidebar highlights the minimal number of meaningful metrics that a researcher needs to evaluate both citation impact and levels of community engagement.
An access to a detailed data view of both the Scopus metrics module and PlumX Metrics is provided at the top right side bar labeled "Metrics" on an individual article listing. Click on "View All Metrics" to find data on:
Impactstory is a fee-for-service web-based tool developed in part by a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina. Impactstory provides metrics from a variety of sources and normalizes those metrics based on comparison sets. Impactstory provides metrics for journal articles, data sets, slides and other research products.
Here are some of the metrics that Impactstory collects:
Explanation of the badges
Altmetric offers a free bookmarklet that allows you to view article-level metrics for the articles that you read online.
To get started, drag and drop the Altmetric bookmarklet to the bookmarks bar in your web browser. Works for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Due to some limitations, the bookmarklet may not work for every article.