Altmetrics stands for alternative metrics. It lets us measure and monitor the reach and impact of scholarship and research through online interactions. The alternative part references traditional measurements of academic success such as citation counts, impact factor, and author H-index. Altmetrics are meant to complement, not totally replace, these traditional measures.
Altmetric (not to be confused with altmetrics) is a commercial provider of altmetrics data. Known for their "doughnut" with a score, Altmetric constantly monitors social media sites, blog posts, news stories, Wikipedia, Mendeley, Facebook, government policy documents and other sources for mentions of scholarly literature. See the list of outputs and sources tracked by Altmetric.
Altmetric attention scores for articles and outputs are displayed in a lovely colourful donut, which gives a quick visual indicator of the attention a publication has received on the Web.
The Altmetric Bookmarklet can instantly generate altmetrics on pages containing a DOI with Google Scholar friendly citation metadata (e.g. record in the NIE Digital Repository or journal article page in a publisher's website):
1. Drag the following link into your browser's bookmark bar:
2. When you are viewing an article in a database or on a journal's website, click the bookmark to generate an Altmetric Attention Score for that article.
For example, you can see how the article's score compares to other articles from the same journal, or from the same journal and published within the same six weeks period.
Altmetric calculates these percentiles by looking at everything indexed in the Altmetric database. It is important to note that Altmetric excludes articles that received no online media attention.
To improve your altmetric scores, you need to create an online presence and share information about your work and your research outputs online:
Create a profile and add your publication list to social networking sites for researchers.
Populate your profile so that others can discover your work. 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). Make sure you choose the visibility setting ‘Everyone’ for these publications in ORCID so that Altmetric can 'see' this information as well. Altmetric has a list of tips about how to set up your ORCID profile to get maximum coverage.
Find out more tips and tricks on Altmetric.