Altmetrics measure the attention research receives. They track attention to non-traditional sources, such as mentions in news reports, references in policy documents, mentions in social media, and Wikipedia citations. Altmetrics are great indicators of research impact and can help you understand how your research is being received and used.
Altmetrics compliment traditional citation based metrics and can provide you with a fuller picture of your research impact.
Install the Altmetric bookmarklet in your browser and discover the altmetric score for any research output with a DOI.
Altmetric and PlumX are the two main sources for altmetrics. Let's use Altmetric as an example of determining research attention.
The "Altmetric Donut" or Altmetric Attention Score is an easy way to decipher the attention and impact of research. Different colors represent different sources of attentions. Altmetric donuts with strong red have attention from news outlets, purple denotes mentions in policy documents, and a lot of blue means the research has been shared on Twitter or other social media.
Learn more about The Donut and Altmetric Attention Score
There's no "right" or "good" Altmetric Attention score. A high score could be for either positive or negative reactions just like citations. It's important to remember that no data can tell you the quality of the paper, quality of researchers, or the whole story about research impact. Altmetrics data can tell you the type of attention research is receiving, what countries have engaged with the research, and if the article is influential or engaging.
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