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Citation Analysis & Bibliometrics: Altmetrics & Social Media

This guide is designed to help you explore and understand the world of bibliometrics, altmetrics, journal impact factors, the h-index, and other citation analysis tools.

About Altmetrics

The process of formally being cited by other researchers is a very slow process that can take several years. Altmetrics (alternative metrics) is the focus on social media and the general public in regards to your work. As you can imagine, social media is a much quicker form of communication than scholarly citations. Altmetics includes: number of tweets, blog posts, likes, bookmarks, downloads, click-through numbers, peer collaboration tools, etc. in social media and the web.

Altmetric Tools

  • Altmetric - tracks mentions of scholarly works on social media sites, scholarly bookmarking services and in science news outlets through several different products, here are two examples:
    • Altmetric Explorer -  A powerful and intuitive web application that helps you see all of the attention surrounding your papers.
    • Altmetric Bookmarklet - A simple browser tool that lets you instantly get article level metrics for any recent paper, for free.
  • Impactstory - an open-source, free web-based tool that helps scientists explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products—from traditional ones like journal articles, to emerging products like blog posts, datasets, and software.
  • Plum Analytics - tracks more than 20 different types of artifacts, including journal articles, books, videos, presentations, conference proceedings, datasets, source code, cases, and more.

  • Mendeley - is an free, online research-collaboration platform and reference manager. Mendeley's metrics include how often papers are downloaded, shared with colleagues, and commented on. Mendeley also has an altmetrics group for researchers.
  • Acumen - is a European research collaboration aimed at understanding the ways in which researches are evaluated by their peers and by institutions and at assessing how the science system can be improved and enchanced.  This FP7 project is a cooperation amont nine European research institutes.

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Using Social Media to Spread Your Work

Use Twitter to communicate your research as well as follow other research. Tweet about new publications, website update, conference presentations or a new blog about your research. To gage feedback, you could send a tweet that links to your research blog or papers and ask your followers for their feedback and comments.

Blogging about your research also has great benefits: quicker dissemination of research findings, quicker feedback and comments on your research from your audience, the ability to increase downloads to your papers and potentially citations, highlight research you want to highlight, provide context of your research for different audiences. 

Popular blogging platforms include:

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