Altmetrics or Alternative metrics, are metrics or qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They track the attention of research outputs across peer reviews, news, Wikipedia citations, policy documents, research blogs, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on Twitter.
Used in addition with other metrics, Altmetrics can help provide further evidence of engagement and 'societal impact'. They are not intended as an indicator of quality.
Preparation tips for gathering metrics include:
Approaching the task systematically, one publication title and one databases/platform at a time.
Developing meaningful folders for data management
CQUniversity subscribes to Altmetric Explorer for Institutions which allows researchers to track attention to their research papers from social media, including Twitter, Mendeley, blogs and news outlets. For more information, visit the Altmetric Knowledge Base.
You can use Altmetric Explorer to explore social media mentions for:
Why use Altmerics Explorer?
How to use Altmerics Explorer
Click “Edit Search” at the top of the landing page, then search for yourself in the “Verified Author” field or "Verified Department", and click “Run Search”.
This will limit the data to mentions of your or your departments publications. You can then explore highlights, or navigate to specific data like News, Policy, or Patents mentions.
Click on "Save Search" to enable daily, weekly or monthly reports to be emailed to you. You can also share your report with others by the "Saved Searches" icon on the left.
The Library can provide training upon request for centres, institutes and schools or you can use the Ask a librarian service for an individual consultation.
Follow the instructions on the Altmetric website to install the Altmetric bookmarklet
When viewing an article on PubMed, arXiv, the publisher page, Scopus or any page containing a DOI, click the bookmarklet to see altmetric details such as policy and news citations, shares and mentions.
|Term||Where to use it|
Use this score to provide complementary metrics around mentions of your work online, including social media and website analytics, media mentions or reviews, downloads or view counts.
|Mainstream media attention||Showing that your research has been referenced across news outlets can indicate that your research is part of public discussion.|
|PlumAnalytics (embedded in Scopus , Scival , Science Direct databases and Mendeley )||Use these analytics to provide complementary metrics around usage, captures and mentions across Social Media platforms as well as traditional citation count metrics.|
Publons metrics quantify the amount of peer review and editorial work you are involved in.
|Social media mentions||The personal metrics from Facebook , Twitter etc. you generate about your research can quantify the public discussion around your work.|
|Twitter mentions include posts and retweets that reference a trackable scholarly product.|
|Wikipedia mentions||Use Wikipedia mentions to show how many times your publication has appeared in the reference lists of Wikipedia pages.|
"This Policy Paper on Mental Health, attracted substantial media interest, e.g. by SBS Radio and the ABC Radio "All in the Mind report. It has been re-tweeted 105 times."
Note: Refer to scheme-specific rules to determine what information should be included in your grant or promotion application. Funding rules change from year to year.