Evaluating the scientific output: Altmetrics

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Alternative metrics or altmetrics are a family of indicators that measure the impact of research quantifying its presence 
on the social web. The name comes from the concept "alternative metrics" or complement to more traditional impact
factor and bibliographic citations. And also from the concept “article-level metrics”.


Example taken from the UPF Scientific output:

Altmetric example

Altmetric.com is a system that tracks the attention that research outputs such as scholarly articles and datasets receive online and presents it with their donuts with the score and colors for each group of indicators.

  • It provides the altmetric data of: Nature, Springer, SCOPUS, Taylor and Francis, Wiley, etc. 
  • It provides the altmetric bookmarklet, and enables you to instantly see Altmetric data for any published research output with a DOI.




    Impactstory logo
 creates profiles for researchers offering the online altmetrics of their publications




Impactstory example

Plum Analytics

Plum Analytics logo

Plum Analytics tracks the attention that research outputs receive online and presents
it with its icon.


  • It's aimed to track the publications of an institution.
  • Provides the altmetric data of Ebsco journals
  • By adding the DOI of an article in this URL (https://plu.mx/a/?doi=), you can obtain some altmetric data.

PlumX Metrics graphic
Example taken from Scopus:

PlumX Metrics example

Who is doing research on alternative metrics?