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Tracking Your Scholarly Research Impact

Learn how to measure the impact of your research

What are Altmetrics?

Altmetrics (alternative metrics) capture mentions of your scholarly article outside the scholarly literature and provide a snapshot of your impact beyond traditional citation metrics.

They can include a wide variety of sources where your journal article is being discussed and used, such as:

  • Public policy documents
  • Discussions on research blogs
  • Mainstream media
  • Bookmarks on Reference Managers, such as Mendeley
  • Mentions on social networks such as Twitter

Where do I find Altmetrics?

Tools for Social Networking Site Readership (mentions in social networks, blogs, and media):

  • Mendeley Readers - Mendeley is not just a citation management software.
    • Researchers can create profiles and build and share their libraries of citations.
    • Mendeley tracks how often citations are saved to libraries as a type of altmetric and can be used as a source of early scholarly impact information.
  • ResearchGate - Social network for research enabling sharing of scholarship, collaboration, and some altmetrics.
  • Academia.edu - Network for researchers to share research and discover research being done by others

Tools for Altmetrics (NOTE: all these tools are subscription-based):