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Research Impact: Altmetrics and Article Level Metrics

Making an impact and measuring the impact of your research

Bibliometrics v Altmetrics

Bibliometrics are ways of measuring influence or impact of academic literature. Well known traditional metrics include journal impact factor, h-index and citation counts.

Altmetrics are a way of evaluating impact based on more than just citation counts.

  • Article downloads
  • Blog mentions
  • Twitter mentions
  • Media mentions
  • and more...

Altmetrics can help researchers understand how their outputs are being shared and discussed via social media and online and may supplement the information gained from traditional impact metrics.

An introduction to altmetrics