What is the online public impact of or engagement with your research?
Alternative metrics uses measures other than citation counts in research evaluation .
Alternative metrics attempt to capture the online media buzz, readership, recommendations surrounding a research output. It also aims to show the engagement and social/cultural/discipline impact of a piece of research on a range of readers, both the traditional consumers of research publications (students,academics, researchers) as well as the engagement of general public, whose interest and readership is not captured by citation counts.
Alternative metrics may measure the activity or research mentions on social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogs etc. etc.) or social networking platforms such as ResearchGate, Academia.com, Mendeley, LinkedIn. They can also track an article's or chapter's download and view statistics and identify if the item has been cited in a government policy documents.
Alternative metrics can have limitations, tracking the big social media cites, but not capturing local mentions.
http://www.howcanishareit.com/ provides information on how you can share your article while respecting the journal's access and usage conditions.
Articles on Research Online will display the Altmetric doughnut and the PluxX logo when the article has received social media mentions.
For example: The article Randomized controlled trial of a peer led multimodal intervention for men with prostate cancer to increase exercise participation has both Altmetric and PlumX metrics (click on the logos to view the metrics in greater detail).
Authors should always try to embed the URL of their article when sharing their article on various platforms.
Alternative metrics use measures other than citation counts in research evaluation.
Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that can be used to complement traditional, citation-based metrics.
Altmetrics keeps track of outputs in social media mentions and as identifies which social media channels are being used - this can also be used to identify the most effective channels to disseminate information about your research.
An article's Altmetric views are indicated in the doughnut. Different colours identify the social media sources where the article is mentioned.
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What does Altmetric track?
Tracking patent citations is an important way to understand the economic impacts of scholarship.
We’re now indexing citations to research found in 8 million patents from nine jurisdictions worldwide, including World Intellectual Property Organization, United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the European Patent Office.
|The PlumX icon displays in Scopus document details pages (and other database providers)
The larger the handprint, the higher the count.
Where a PlumX icon is displayed you can click on the icon to view detailed statistics.
PlumX gathers and brings together appropriate research metrics for all types of scholarly research output.
Metrics are categorized into 5 separate categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations.
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Download and views counts of open access and published versions of papers are also interesting and useful measures of impact.
ECU researchers can provide Open Access versions of their publications to Research Online (ECU's insitutional repository). This can make the full text of publications which would otherwise be available only by subscription, available to the general public all over the world. Authors who provide open access versions of their papers also receive download statistics (volume, location, institutional type etc.)
Some publisher websites and social networking websites also provide download and views counts for publications.