This guide was created using guides from Impact Story, University of Maryland, Iowa State University and North Carolina State University.
Some example altmetrics that your different research outputs might receive include:
Articles, Preprints, Working papers, Technical reports
Books & book chapters
Professor Pádraig Cunningham of UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics outlines h-index calculation and why it is not a usable metric for early career researchers
Altmetrics are statistics sourced from the social Web that can be used to help you understand the many ways that your work has had an impact with other scholars, the public, policy makers, practitioners, and more.
They are useful supplementary measures of impact, best used in tandem with traditional measures like citation counts. Together, the two types of metrics can illustrate the full impact of your work.
How they work
Altmetrics uses this ability to track interaction with online items as a way of measuring research impact and reach.
Altmetrics can answer questions such as:
Altmetrics vs. Altmetric
Confusingly there is a company named Altmetric which provides and collects altmetrics for journals and articles. Many large publishers have contracts with this company so you will see their trademark Altmetric donut (see right) in many places. There are also Almetric badges which you can find on any deposited journal article with a DOI.
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