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Measuring Your Research Impact

What are Altmetrics?

Alternative metrics, or altmetrics, are tools that measure the current use of your publications. These tools provide a more current measure of research impact than citations, which may take months or years after you publish. Altmetrics might measure usage, captures, mentions, discussions, social media, and/or citations. Altmetrics can be viewed under the "Usage Count" drop-down in Web of Science.

Altmetrics Tools

What Can Altmetrics Tell You ?

Here are some ways altmetrics measure the impact of your research:

  • how many times has it been downloaded
  • number of posts on social media
  • how other countries are discussing it
  • how the news media is covering it
  • how your peers are discussing it

Increase Research Visibility

Promote Your Research on Social Media:

  • Announce and provide a link
  • Tag co-authors, publishers, funders and institutions
  • Include hashtags
  • Include an image or video
  • translate research into non-technical jargon

Write a Blog Post
Create a Video Abstract
Share Your EPrint
Present Your Paper at a Conference
Speak to Your Librarian, Use Your Networks
Include Your Article in Your Email Signature
Update Your Directories