The Almetric stamp showing mentions in different media outlets
The PlumX stamp showing mentions in different media outlets
Both of these metrics are included on each article in the ECU Repository, Research Online. Click here to see an example, to view further details of each click relevant stamp.
Alternative metrics attempt to capture:
Altmetrics keeps track of outputs in social media mentions, and identifies which social media channels are being used. Altmetrics also identifies the geographical breakdown, as well as the demographic breakdown of a publications mention/use on social media. This can be utilised 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 has been mentioned.
To view full data, comments and coverage
What does Altmetric track?
This Altmetric resource offers guidance on the online promotion of your research, and your brand as a researcher. It offers useful suggestions on how to communicate your research to the public, how to disseminate your publications more broadly, and how to generate interest and discussion about your research. It also provides important instruction on how to ensure that this interest is properly captured by Altmetric, so that you can utilise the data in a practical way.
PlumX metrics are grouped into 5 separate categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations. The data in each of these categories is then broken down further, to give you a clear and detailed understanding of how a publication is being used both academically, and more broadly. Additionally, PlumX will highlight the most recent uses and mentions of a publication, allowing you to see the current level of interest in the research.
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Resources detailing how to utilize PlumX Metrics, including tutorials, videos, and webinars, can be found here.
How can I share it provides information on how you can share your article, while respecting the journal's access and usage conditions.
This ensures that the usage of your article can be picked up by Altmetric tracking. If it isn't possible to embed the DOI, ensure that you refer to a page which includes your article DOI.
Add the link in the body of your post.
In doing so, you will also gain access to an authors dashboard of download metrics.
More information is available on the Research Online Libguide
The alternative metrics can easily identify where your research is trending, the methods by which it is being shared, and the demographics where your research is generating the most interest. By using this data to inform the future sharing of your research, you can tailor your research promotion strategy to have the greatest impact on your desired target audience.
Additionally, you can compare the alternative metrics of publications by reputable researchers in your interest area, to identify wider target audiences for your work.
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