Altmetric Explorer, a new indicator for research impact

The last week, we got insight into Almetrics, which is one of the methods to measure the impact of the published articles. In the past years, the most common metric for evaluating research impact has been the number of times a research article is cited by other articles. Citations are not the only way to represent the impact of a research article. A few alternative indicators have been the subjects of webometrics and bibliometrics research for years, including download counts and mentions in patents. However, as scholarly communication moves increasingly online, more indicators have become available: how many times an article has been cited or mentioned by the social media such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and so on.

The advantages of Altmetric

  • A more nuanced understanding of impact, showing us which scholarly products are read, discussed, saved and recommended as well as cited.
  • Often more timely data, showing evidence of impact in days instead of years.
  • A window on the impact of web-native scholarly products like datasets, software, blog posts, videos and more.
  • Indications of impacts on diverse audiences including scholars but also practitioners, clinicians, educators and the general public. [1].

Potential Challenges of Altmetric

  • Almetrics is a quantitative method.
  • The possibility that altmetrics may be gamed or artificially increased.
  • The integration of different disciplines [2].

In the last exercise, we used the Altmetric explorer to explore and obtain bibliographic and social media data. The Altmetrics Explorer has a filtration system to search for any article at any time. If you are interested in a specific article, you can use Digital object identifier (DOI) for example to access the article directly. The Altmetrics Explorer uses the Altmetric score and donut to give users a quick way to assess how much attention large sets of scholarly articles have received online. The Altmetric score is a quantitative indicator of the attention that a scholarly article has received. The small donut shape is also providing quick information about articles. The number provided in the centre of the donut is the Almetrics score, and the colors surrounding the donut represent the mix of sources mentioning that score blue for Twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources and so on.

I’ve done a search for all the articles mentioned in the subject of Digital information technologies for the last month, and the results is shown in figure 1.



By clicking on the Altmetric score of two articles, we will obtain more information about how many times these articles have been mentioned by different resources. As it can be seen from figure 2, the article is ranked 34 of 56,008 in the journal called PLoS ONE, and it has been mentioned for example 42 in the news outlet and 215 times in Twitter. In another journal, the article in figure 3 is ranked first of of 171, and it has been mentioned 8 times in the news outlet and 727 times in Twitter.








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2 Responses to Altmetric Explorer, a new indicator for research impact

  1. Excellent post. Totally clear about alt metrics.


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