Answered By: Hayati Abdul
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016     Views: 84

​Altmetrics is an emerging field which aims to measure the impact of published research on the social web. This type of measure can supplement the information gained from traditional Citation metrics. Altmetrics can also be used to gauge the impact of publications that would not be included in traditional Citation metrics, for example data sets, software, or presentations. Altmetrics are based on data such as:

  • Blog cites
  • Twitter cites
  • Mendeley records
  • Online repository records
  • Article views and/or downloads
  • News or media mentions, etc.

As well as demonstrating impact, Altmetrics can be used to find collaborators, or to provide evidence of engagement with the content of a publication.

More information about Altmetrics can be found on our Emerging Metrics page.

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