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Information and resources for using altmetrics to demonstrate research impact.

About Altmetric

Altmetric, or, is one of the best-known altmetrics providers.  Altmetric tracks where published research is mentioned online by following lists of sources, including social media, news sources, government and non-government reports, blogs, Wikipedia, policy documents etc., and text-mines them for links to research.  

To be tracked by Altmetric you need four things:

  1. research output 
  2. that has a persistent identifier
  3. and is mentioned in a source Altmetric tracks
  4. including a hyperlink back to the original research output

The Altmetric doughnut

The multi-coloured Altmetric doughnut represents the volume and source of online attention. 

The number in the middle of the doughnut is the Altmetric Attention Score, a product of the number of mentions and the quality of the mentions sources.  For example, a mention in online news media scores higher than a Reddit post. 

The colours of the doughnut represent the sources of online mentions. For example, blog posts are yellow, Twiitter is blue and policy documents are purple. The amount of each colour changes depending on which kinds of sources make up the mentions.

Many databases, including LibrarySearch, include the Altmetric Attention Score along with traditional citation metrics.  Look for the Altmetric logo.

Altmetric Explorer

RMIT Research Office subscribes to Altmetric ExplorerCreate an account with your RMIT email address the first time you access it.

(NOTE: Altmetric Explorer is available to RMIT Vietnam staff using their e-account. It does not work with v-account.)

You can search and filter to display altmetrics on particular research outputs, authors, publications, research teams or institutions, and you can explore the data by timeline, demographic, mentions and mention sources. You can also search by subject or keyword. 

Use Altmetric Explorer to:

  • Explore the research landscape and discover what is receiving attention in your research area and what research questions are likely to have high impact.
  • Discover relevant non-scholarly outputs.
  • Monitor and track early engagement in your own research outputs, before citations begin to accumulate.
  • Collate evidence of your research impact.
  • Identify effective communications channels by analysing where other research in your area is being noticed.
  • Find who else is researching or talking about your field.

Create shareable reports with Altmetric Explorer

You can create a report to share, either as a static pdf or as dynamic link which is usable even by people without subscription access to Altmetric Explorer.  If you share your report via a link the data are live and will update update automatically to reflect changes.

Two steps to creating a report:

1. Run and save a search in Altmetric Explorer, then go to your Saved Searches in the menu on the left.

Altmetric Explorer saved search screenshot

2.  Create and edit your report.  Here you can select what displays in the report and choose whether to save a snapshot as a pdf or get a shareable link to the report with dynamic data.

See the full instructions on creating shareable reports, or watch a 35 minute webinar