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Alternative metrics typically focus at the article level and are often referred to as altmetrics. Alternative metrics is a term used to describe metrics measuring citation counts and usage statistics (views and downloads) in alternative research outputs such as social media, datasets, conference posters, theses, etc. - NISO Alternative Metrics Initiative Phase 1 White Paper
Reasons to track your alternative metrics
Many researchers have decided to track their alternative metrics, below are a few reasons why you should as well:
- tracks citations for non-traditional outputs that are not indexed by databases
- tracks online attention to your research
- can provide you an idea of how important your research is to society
Alternative Metrics sources - subscription required
Website for Almetric.com which has several products for purchase: Altmetric Explorer, Altmetric API, and Altmetric Badges.
Free sources of alternative metrics
Impactstory is an open source website that allows researchers to find the online impact of their research. Users can easily create a profile by linking to their ORCID.
"Figshare is an online digital repository where researchers can preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images, and videos. It is free to upload content and free to access, in adherence to the principle of open data."-Wikipedia
Figshare is funded by Digital Science and can integrate with an ORCID.
Created by Altmetric, this bookmarklet which you can add to your Firefox, Safari, or Chrome browser allows you to find out the altmetrics for a paper you are reading on your screen.
Public Library of Science (PLoS) is open access and you can find articles, journals, and alternative metrics for every article published by PLoS.
PLoS Article-Level Metrics
Public Library of Science or PLoS is an open access publisher of numerous science journal. PLoS has article-level metrics for every article they include. This website provides you with more information about PLoS Article-Level Metrics including why you should use them.