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What is Altmetrics?
According to Altmetrics.org, "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
This section lists tools that a researcher can use to assist in monitoring their online research presence.
Courtesy of http://altmetrics.org/tools/
Track buzz on Twitter, blogs, news outlets and more: we're like Google Scholar for your research's online reach.
ReaderMeter is a mashup visualizing author-level and article-level statistics based on the consumption of scientific content by a large population of readers. Readership data is obtained via the Mendeley API. Reports are available both as HTML and in a machine-readable version as JSON and are released under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.
PLoS Impact Explorer
The PLoS Impact Explorer allows you to browse the conversations collected by altmetric.com for papers published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
Plum Analytics collects impact metrics in 5 categories: captures, usage, citations, mentions, and social media, for over 20 different types of artifacts including: journal articles, books, videos, presentations, datasets, source code, and more.
It collects metrics for individual research artifacts, but also for labs, departments and other groups.
This product requires a subscription and the University of Melbourne currently does not have a subscription to this product. However, PlumX Metrics icons will appear in our EBSCO databases, including Discovery from end of June 2016.
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
- If you haven’t yet, create a Twitter account. Get tips on how to begin here.
- 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)
- Need help finding someone to follow? Try taking a peek at our “Thought Leaders” Libguide located here.
- Contribute to the conversation by tweeting at least 3 times a day and include a trending hashtag relevant to your expertise.
- 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