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Getting Started with
Altmetrics at Your Journal:
An Editor’s Guide
Altmetric Scholastica
@altmetric
altmetric.com
@scholas...
I am here because
I love to give
presentations.
You can find me
at:
@username
For more tips on how you
can start using alt...
1.
What are altmetrics?
Digging into altmetrics data
“Altmetrics expand our view of what
impact looks like, but also of what’s
making the impact. This matters
because expressi...
Almetrics:
Altmetrics capture the online engagement relating to
individual research outputs, enabling users to understand
...
Examples of altmetrics
include:
▷ References to research in news and other
online outlets
▷ Shares of research on social m...
Altmetrics show attention
How research is being found, shared, and
used in and outside of academia
Early indicator
Altmetrics show
early signs of
potential research
impacts long before
citations, which can
take months or ...
What altmetrics are not:
Altmetrics are not indicative of research quality. As with
bibliometric indicators, the cause of ...
2.
Why should I be tracking
altmetrics at my journal?
Benefits of altmetrics data
With altmetrics you can...
Track and
plan journal
promotion
Provide
additional
value to
authors
Show the
broader
impacts o...
Provide additional
value to authors
Altmetrics help authors
track the reach and
influence of their work in
and outside of ...
Track and plan journal
promotion
1. See which articles
attract the most
attention online
Articles with high
altmetrics imp...
Demonstrate the value of your journal
to submitting authors and readers
Unlike citation-based
bibliometrics altmetrics
tra...
3.
How can I start tracking
altmetrics at my journal?
Tips for getting started
Install the free Altmetric bookmarklet in your browser to see a
summary of the online attention of any article with a uniq...
Use the Altmetric Explorer to see all activity your
journal is generating and compare it to competitor
titles.
Find out more about the
full range of metrics
available to you
▷ Altmetric
▷ Google Scholar metrics
▷ Scopus article metri...
Set up a free Google Analytics account
for your journal website to track...
Number of article
webpage and PDF
views
Number...
Questions?
Find us on Twitter at:
@altmetric
@scholasticahq
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Getting Started with Altmetrics at Your Journal: An Editor's Guide

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Altmetrics, a type of alternative impact indicator, have arisen as a way to show broader impacts of research online. Journals can employ altmetrics to see how their research is being used both in and outside of academia, as well as assess the performance of their promotional efforts. This slideshow, co-produced by Scholastica and Altmetric, breaks down the benefits of altmetrics for journals, common misconceptions about them, and ways to start tracking altmetrics impact at your publication.

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Getting Started with Altmetrics at Your Journal: An Editor's Guide

  1. 1. Getting Started with Altmetrics at Your Journal: An Editor’s Guide Altmetric Scholastica @altmetric altmetric.com @scholasticahq scholasticahq.com
  2. 2. I am here because I love to give presentations. You can find me at: @username For more tips on how you can start using altmetrics at your journal check out: The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliomentrics to altmetrics www.scholasticahq.com/altmetrics-the-evolution-of-impact-indicators
  3. 3. 1. What are altmetrics? Digging into altmetrics data
  4. 4. “Altmetrics expand our view of what impact looks like, but also of what’s making the impact. This matters because expressions of scholarship are becoming more diverse. altmetrics: a manifesto
  5. 5. Almetrics: Altmetrics capture the online engagement relating to individual research outputs, enabling users to understand how scholarship is being found, shared, and discussed.
  6. 6. Examples of altmetrics include: ▷ References to research in news and other online outlets ▷ Shares of research on social media ▷ Use of research in public policy ▷ Research mentions in post-publication peer review forums
  7. 7. Altmetrics show attention How research is being found, shared, and used in and outside of academia
  8. 8. Early indicator Altmetrics show early signs of potential research impacts long before citations, which can take months or years to accrue. Altmetrics complement bibliometric citations Real-time insights Attention is tracked as it occurs — journals don’t have to wait for a score to be released, like for the Impact Factor.
  9. 9. What altmetrics are not: Altmetrics are not indicative of research quality. As with bibliometric indicators, the cause of attention can sometimes be linked to article endorsements or references to errors.
  10. 10. 2. Why should I be tracking altmetrics at my journal? Benefits of altmetrics data
  11. 11. With altmetrics you can... Track and plan journal promotion Provide additional value to authors Show the broader impacts of your journal
  12. 12. Provide additional value to authors Altmetrics help authors track the reach and influence of their work in and outside of academia for tenure and grant applications.
  13. 13. Track and plan journal promotion 1. See which articles attract the most attention online Articles with high altmetrics impact may be good candidates to promote your journal and show that you publish noteworthy research. 2. Find ways to resurface articles Options include: ▷ Make online collections of related top articles ▷ Showcase top articles on your website ▷ Share popular articles on social media 3. Track the progress of your promotional activities Track whether your promotional efforts are leading to more articles being found and shared online.
  14. 14. Demonstrate the value of your journal to submitting authors and readers Unlike citation-based bibliometrics altmetrics track: ● How research is being used in and beyond academia ● Where research is being found and shared around the world ● The broader impacts of both traditional and nontraditional scholarly outputs
  15. 15. 3. How can I start tracking altmetrics at my journal? Tips for getting started
  16. 16. Install the free Altmetric bookmarklet in your browser to see a summary of the online attention of any article with a unique identifier. If you’re unable to find your journal, email support@altmetric.com to check if it’s being tracked by Altmetric. Here’s an example DOI to try searching: 10.1038/482027a
  17. 17. Use the Altmetric Explorer to see all activity your journal is generating and compare it to competitor titles.
  18. 18. Find out more about the full range of metrics available to you ▷ Altmetric ▷ Google Scholar metrics ▷ Scopus article metrics
  19. 19. Set up a free Google Analytics account for your journal website to track... Number of article webpage and PDF views Number of unique and returning visits to your website Time visitors spend on your website and article pages Traffic channels visitors are taking to get to your website Where you visitors are coming from
  20. 20. Questions? Find us on Twitter at: @altmetric @scholasticahq

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