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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. 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)


  • Bookmarks in research tools

  • Blog posts

  • Online mentions

  • Tweets

  • Likes

  • Downloads

  • Website views/visits

  • Etc.

Altmetrics tools

Altmetrics: Personal



Cost (if applicable)


analytic tool

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

social network, career network

free to join

data repository

free to join; more space available for a fee

Scholarly Networks

Further Reading

Altmetrics Collection (2012) PLOS Collections:
(contains current articles)