Altmetrics are an alternative to using only citations to understand research influence. They measure the attention a publication has garnered based on online activities in social media, mainstream media, online reference management tools, policy documents and patents.
Altmetrics need to be used and presented contextually. Considerations include where the mentions are, whether the mention is positive or negative and who is the audience being reached.
Altmetrics can help answer the following questions:
Alternative metrics are important as they include measures of works overlooked by traditional metrics. This includes looking at article views, number of downloads, mentions on social media and news sites and more. These are all indicators of impact and help people understand how research is being tracked, received and used.
It is important to remember that alternative measures are less about quantitative metrics demonstrating impact in a particular area and more about using the data to tell the story that demonstrates your impact.
View the Tips for maximising visibility and publishing impact guide for more information about Altmetrics.
Altmetric Explorer tracks mentions of research publications online, in social media, media and other sources such as patents and policy documents. It allows you to browse by and generate analytical reports for Curtin authors, groups or departments, analyse mentions of individual publications and see any individual mention in the Altmetric.com database.
Access to the institutional version of Altmetric Explorer is available to Curtin staff and students whilst on campus.
You can also register with a Curtin email address. Signing in with a registered account will allow you to access Altmetric Explorer off campus and to save searches and set up regular and shareable dynamic reports. You will need to register here for the institutional version of Altmetric Explorer.
Impactstory profiles allows you to create a free profile that tracks activity in social media, blogs, news outlets and more.
PlumX Metrics provides insight into the ways others interact online with individual pieces of research output with metrics for usage, captures, mentions, social media and citations.