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Thanks to its online availablility, the flow, dissemination, and interaction of research can now be tracked and analyzed beyond what was traditionally accepted as the signifiers of prestige and impact. Altmetrics are defined as metrics and qualitative data that can be used in addition to traditional impact factors that describe a work's impact. Due to variations of what influences impact and prestige among disciplines, many fields are using altmetrics as another or additional way to demonstrate the impact. Here are a few examples of altmetrics:
- Amount of coverage in blogs and media outlets (newspapers, magazines, or news).
- Bookmarks or saves to online reference managers such as Mendeley.
- Mentions in social network sites such as Twitter or Facebook.
- Favorites or likes in sites such as Slideshare, YouTube or various social media platforms.
- Recommendations in sites such as Figshare.
- Comments or annotations from readers in platforms such as PubMed Commons.
- Noted in post-peer review resources such as F1000Prime.
Altmetrics have the potential to answer these questions:
- How many times is my work downloaded?
- Who is reading my work?
- Has my work been covered by news outlets?
- Who is commenting on my work?
- How is my work being shared?
- Which countries are looking at my work?
- Is my work making a social impact?
Also in this Guide
Related Research Guide and Web Sites
Altmetric (2016). A beginner's guide to altmetrics [YouTube Video]. https://youtu.be/M6XawJ7-880
Presentations and Handouts
- Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: An Introduction (Webinar Recording): Go to 5:13 to view information on altmetrics.
FAU Libraries (2023). Bibliometrics and altmetrics [YouTube Video]. https://youtu.be/BrTTSut_yRs
Books in the Library
Altmetrics : A Practical Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Academics by Andy Tattersall (Ed.)
This book gives an overview of altmetrics, its tools and how to implement them successfully to boost and measure research outputs. New methods of scholarly communication and dissemination of information are having a huge impact on how academics and researchers build profiles and share research. Altmetrics focuses on research artefact level metrics that are not exclusive to traditional journal papers but also extend to book chapters, posters and data sets, among other items. This book explains the theory behind altmetrics, including how it came about, why it can help academics and where it sits amongst current measurements of impact.
Call Number: eBook (FAU log-in required)
Publication Date: 2017