Kudos is a web-based service that helps researchers to maximize the visibility and impact of their published articles. Kudos provides a platform for assembling and creating information to help search filtering, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of these activities.
Impactstory is a pay-for-service open-source, web-based tool that tracks alternative research metrics. It tracks activity on social media and other sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Slideshare, GitHub, FigShare, Mendeley and others.
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What are Altmetrics?
Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, use the Social Web to generate new measures of scholarly impact. Examples of altmetrics include the number of:
Mentions on Facebook, Twitter or professional networking sites, e.g. ResearchGate
Comments in publisher-hosted spaces, e.g. PLOS or blogs
Mentions in the mainstream media
Social bookmarks on sites such as CiteULike
Exports to citation management programs e.g. Mendeley, Zotero
Advantages of altmetrics:
Fast: Altmetrics are generated and gathered immediately. Traditional citations take time to accumulate.
Diverse: Altmetrics capture data from a variety of sources, including the scholarly community, the media and the general public. Traditional impact measures only reflect the impact of a work within the academic setting. Moreover, some alternative measures looks beyond counts to content.
Open: Data is typically gathered from a variety of open source web services, which means that conclusions based on altmetrics can be verified by others.
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.
Scroll down or click on the links in the box on the left to learn how to get altmetrics.
Scopus PlumX Module
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:
Citation count and percentile benchmark
Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
A timeline of when and by whom the article was cited
PlumX Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations metrics
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:
Citations in Scopus
PDF downloads, or HTML views, from PLoS
Full text views and PDF downloads on PubMed Central
Readers who have added an article to their Mendeley library
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.
Altmetric Data Sources: Four main categories: Policy documents, mainstream media, social media, online reference manager and publisher download counts
Altmetric Attention Score: This number is a measure of the quality and quantity of attention that an article has received. The colors surrounding the number reflect the mix of sources where the article has been mentioned.
Altmetric ORCID Profile: Altmetric is a support member of ORCID by providing altmetrics data for any output that was associated with a specific ORCID ID (i.e. a specific researcher).