What are altmetrics?
Altmetrics expand our view of what impact looks like, but also of what’s making the impact. This matters because expressions of scholarship are becoming more diverse.
Altmetrics let us measure and monitor the reach and impact of scholarship and research through online interactions. Altmetrics stands for "alternative metrics." The "alternative" part references traditional measurements of academic success such as citation counts, journal prestige (impact factor), and author H-index. Altmetrics are meant to compliment, not totally replace, these traditional measures.
Supporters of the altmetrics movement believe that doing so will give a more complete picture of how research and scholarship is used.
This guide features Altmetric, with special emphasis on its free bookmarklet.
Altmetric.com (not to be confused with altmetrics themselves) is a commercial provider of altmetrics data. Known for their "doughnut" with a score, many Altmetric.com widgets appear on publisher websites and even in library catalogues. Some Altmetric.com data is available for free e.g. when used with the free bookmarklet. See more at http://altmetric.com.
Altmetric constantly monitors social media sites, blog posts, news stories, wikipedia, mendeley, facebook, government policy documents and other sources for mentions of outputs. See the lists of sources and news outlets tracked by Altmetric.
Material from several other guides was used to compile this one. Thank you to the creators of the following:
"Altmetrics" LibGuide from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.