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Where do I get altmetrics?

You can find altmetrics embedded in databases, such as Scopus, Dimensions, Biomed Central, Public Library of Science (PLOS), Wiley Online Library and Taylor & Francis Online. They are usually shown when you look at the record for an article.

In Dimensions they appear as part of the metrics box in the alongside an article record, as shown in the example below:

Screenshot showing altmetrics in Scopus

Figure 1 - screenshot showing altmetrics in Dimensions. In a box labelled "Publication metrics", altmetrics are given as "3 News articles; 2 Blogs; 1 Policy document; 4 Twitter mentions; 615 Patents references; 2 Facebook mentions; 3 Wikipedia mentions; 8460 Mendeley readers; and 24 CiteULike references ".

You will also see them in Open Research Online (ORO) for all items that have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). They appear at the bottom of a record, as shown below:

Screenshot showing altmetrics in ORO (Open Research Online)

Figure 2 - screenshot showing altmetrics in Open Research Online (ORO) In this example, altmetrics are given as "Tweeted by 2; 19 readers on Mendeley". There is also a blue donut-shaped icon with the number two in it, which represents the overall altmetric score for the article.

The altmetrics you see in databases are often provided by third party services such as Altmetric or Plum Analytics but some databases calculate them themselves.

Altmetric provide free tools for you to access their data too.

Also of note is Impactstory, a fee-based service that allows users to create a CV-style profile and provides altmetrics on their research outputs.

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