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Scholarly Metrics: Emerging Metrics

This guide will help faculty trace the impact of their articles as well as the impact of journals by title.

Emerging Metrics / Altmetrics

Altmetrics is a general term for alternative measures to traditional research output measures.  Traditional output measures include the h-index and other means of counting citations to scholarly articles.  Altmetrics provides measures of social media and news outlet posts and mentions of scholarly output.  See the slide show below for more information.

Altmetric badges

Altmetric is one company providing alternative measures of research output.  Almetric badges are found beside articles on various publisher's pages.  Each color represents a source.  For example, this article was found 39 times in social media and the dark blue represents the numer of times it was Tweeted or re-Tweeted.  Publishers who display the Altmetric badge include:

Here are some examples on the publishers' pages:

Wiley Use of Altmetric Badge

BioOne Use of Altmeric Badge

Atmetric it! Bookmarklet

Plum Analytics

EbscoHost databases feature Plum Analytics, a tool used to calculate the usage of it's research articles.  The PlumX Metrics icon displays usage and citation for the article. The link for the article below demonstrates PlumX Metrics.

NIH's Relative Citation Ratio (RCR)

The National Institutes of Health use the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) to measure the impact of a portfolio of papers.  The tool, called iCite, is used to access a dashboard of bibliometrics for papers.  The researchers uploads the PubMed IDs to display the RCR.

Emerging Metrics / Altmetrics

Lighthearted Look at Emerging Metrics vs Citations

Neil Hall has published a commentary in Genome Biology in which he suggests the Kardashian Index as a measure of both Twitter popularity and citations.  

The Kardashian Index: a Measure of Discrepant Social Media Profile for Scientists