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Boost Your Scholarly Profile: Task 8

This guide is designed to help UWF faculty members raise their scholarly profile.

What is Altmetrics?

According to, "altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship." 

An example of Altmetrics include, but not limited to:

  • Mentions on Facebook, Twitter or professional networking sites, e.g. ResearchGate, LinkedIn
  • Blog Comments
  • Mentions in the mainstream media
  • Social bookmarks on sites such as CiteULike
  • Exports to citation management programs e.g. Mendeley, Zotero, Refworks

Altmetrics Tools

This section lists tools that a researcher can use to assist in monitoring their online research presence. 

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Why Does this Task Matter

Let's begin building or reinvigorating your Twitter account! By building your online presence, it will increase the likelihood of social sharing between counterparts. This means a better impact through altmetrics. 

Twitter is an excellent social media outlet for academics interested in boosting their scholarly presence in a non-traditional way. Twitter can be a great place to begin discovering and building strong online professional relationships.  It helps to strengthen your digital footprint which in turn builds credibility. It also allows the opportunity to listen and be a part of your network’s conversation.

Once that is created, the next step is to create a profile with Impactstory. This is a great tool that can let you see how your research is being shared online. 

Steps to Complete Task

  1. If you haven’t yet, create a Twitter account. Get tips on how to begin here
  2. Find at least 8 people in your academic field to follow on Twitter. “Who to Follow” suggestions will appear next to your home profile. You can also search for those followers in your field in the top search bar by name.  (e.g. a professional organization such as American Psychological Association)
  3. Need help finding someone to follow? Try taking a peek at our “Thought Leaders” Libguide located here
  4. Contribute to the conversation by tweeting at least 3 times a day and include a trending hashtag relevant to your expertise. 
  5. You must be curious to find out how your scholarship has impacted those online. Try creating a profile with Impactstory and begin tracking your research's online reach. 

A Beginner's Guide to Altmetrics

#altmetrics on Twitter