Research papers are shared, discussed, downloaded and bookmarked in social media. Do you know how many times your paper is shared, who is sharing it and what do they say about it?
Altmetrics are new type of metrics. "Alternative metrics", "article level metrics", "social media metrics" and "next-generation metrics" are the names given to these metrics. Altmetrics are studying the citations, tweets and likes that a given book or article receives, as well as the number of times it is shared, bookmarked, accessed, downloaded, mentioned, recommended, reviewed or discussed. Altmetrics potential for measuring the broader societal impacts of scientific research have been under discussion.
Services like PlumX or Almetric monitors mentions in different social media platforms. You are also able to see who is talking about your work and how it is interpreted. Kudos service helps to disseminate information on publications to different online services and social media.
Picture Four ways to measure impact. Source: Priem, J.; Taraborelli, D.; Groth, P.; Neylon, C. Altmetrics: a manifesto 10.2.2015
Source: Report of the European Commission Expert Group on Altmetrics
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