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Citation Tracking & Bibliometrics

This guide helps people learn about the citation searching process and the citation indexes available to the world of scholarly publishing.

What are altmetrics?

“#altmetrics” (alternative metrics)

Coined in: J. Priem, D. Taraborelli, P. Groth, C. Neylon (2010), Altmetrics: A manifesto, (v.1.0), 26 October 2010. http://altmetrics.org/manifesto. The manifesto and hashtag were the first use of the term, though not of the idea of tracking impact from new measures, which arose in 2008-09.

  • To complement - not replace! - traditional journal/scholar metrics that don’t include internet-based mentions of scholarly articles

  • Article-level, not journal

  • Web-born (especially open access)

Measures:

  • Bookmarks in research tools

  • Blog posts

  • Online mentions

  • Tweets

  • Likes

  • Downloads

  • Website views/visits

  • Etc.

Altmetrics tools

Altmetrics: Personal

Name

Service

Cost (if applicable)

Website


analytic tool

free to join (but you must have an ORCID account to link to)

http://impactstory.org

social network, career network

free to join

http://www.researchgate.net

data repository

free to join; more space available for a fee

http://figshare.com

Scholarly Networks

Further Reading

Altmetrics Collection (2012) PLOS Collections: http://www.ploscollections.org/altmetrics
(contains current articles)