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Bibliometrics and Citation Tracking: Altmetrics

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A current initiative led by researchers to encourage changes in the way research outputs are evaluated.  Click on the logo to read the declaration.

Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics

An article published in Nature on 22 April 2015 listing 10 principles for applying best practice in assessing research outputs with metrics.  

Snowball Metrics

A project involving research universities, including the University of Oxford, for a collection of robust metrics.

Articles about metrics, altmetrics & research assessment

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Altmetrics and Article-Level Metrics

Altmetrics are measures that capture the attention a resource generates on the social web.  They can be applied to websites, videos, people, and articles.  Article-level metrics are applied to scientific papers.  They are metrics that complement traditional metrics such as citation counts and impact factors to capture the article impact within the scholarly community and beyond in the society.

Article-level metrics (ALMs) count the number of  mentions, views, downloads, saved and discussed activities; records the various social media sites and web sources where these activities come from; track the geographical areas where interest comes from, and the category of readers who tweet, discussed or save an article.

More information about altrmetrics and their limitations.


More information on:
Altmetrics a Manifesto:statement made in 2010 describing altmetrics and the context from which the tool has been developed.

Article-Level Metrics: a SPARC Primer posted on the SPARC website (Scroll down the page and  'Click here to download SPARC's ALM Primer").

PLOS- Article-Level Metrics: produced by the journal PLOS - Public Library of Science. the site includes articles, videos, and provides information about the application of this tool for researchers, publishers, institutions and funders.

Altmetrics tools

Altmetrics in Scopus and PLOS is used by PLOS and Plum X Metrics used by Scopus to track altmetrics for their articles, on social media sites like Twitter& Facebook, science blogs, news sites and reference managers like Mendeley.

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