In recent years, a new type of metric called “altmetrics” has emerged. Altmetrics demonstrate what kind of attention an article has received in non-traditional sources such as social media, online news sources, blogs, social policy and other non-academic sources. Altmetrics, also known as alternative metrics or article-level metrics, complement traditional citation counts and the h-Index.
Almetrics can be used to demonstrate your broader impact as a researcher and to provide evidence of engagement and social impact. It also allows you to track the discussion about a particular article you or others have published.
Altmetrics gives you information on real time immediate feedback on attention to scholarly content. It is early indication of research impact and attention. It tracks attention to a broad range research outputs. It includes non-academic engagement, which is important to broader impact. It tracks the use of research within policy.
Altmetrics information is now displayed in many subscription databases such as Science Direct.
Figure: screenshot of PlumX metrics for an individual article.
Altmetrics are also available from open access resources like the RMIT Research Repository
The RMIT Research Repository displays altmetrics from Altmetric.com. This paper from the Repository below has a score of 174 mentions in the Altmetrics details.
Figure: screenshot of RMIT Research Repository showing Altmetrics scores for an individual paper.
Go to the Research Repository and look up either yourself (if you have published) or another RMIT academic you know who has published.
Take a note of how many altmetric mentions a particular paper has. Use the almetrics link to find out the details of where the article has been mentioned or discussed.