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Research Impact Metrics

Getting Started: Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit is designed to help researchers navigate the variety of metrics available.

Sections (descriptions from Metrics Toolkit website):

  • Explore Metrics: Explore the metrics dashboard to learn more about specific metrics, and what they do and do not measure.
  • Choose Metrics: Choose the right metrics for demonstrating your research impact or evaluating impact of specific outputs.

The toolkit provides an overview of 28 research impact metrics. All the descriptions include information on the limitations of each metric and examples of appropriate and inappropriate uses of them.

Getting Started: Altmetric Bookmarklet is a service that tracks tweets, blog posts, news stories and other content mentioning scholarly articles. It assigns attention scores based on that activity.

Many scholarly publishers integrate data into their journals' websites. The information is displayed as a multicolored badge or "donut."

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While most products are intended for publishers or institutions and require a subscription, the Bookmarklet is free for individuals. Install it in Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to view the Altmetric information on any article on a compatible website.

Note: is not affiliated with No single site, including either of those, is the "official" or "proprietary" source for Altmetrics.

Getting Started: SHAREOK

The university's institutional repository, SHAREOK, includes Altmetric data. By posting your published works to the repository, you will gain the ability to view continuously updated details on their Altmetrics. You can also sign up to receive emails when Altmetric detects activity mentioning your work.


Guide to SHAREOK

Web of Science: Item Level Usage Counts

Web of Science tracks use of items across all databases.

Two usage counts are reported: usage since 2013 and usage in the last 180 days.

Use counts include:

  • Click-throughs to full-text
  • Exports to citation managers
  • Exports of article record

Use counts do not include:

  • Batch exports
  • API usage
  • "Bot" activities


Many publishers provide Altmetrics for the articles published on their websites, either by collecting the data themselves or by partnering with one of the Altmetric aggregators. A partial list follows; if you are aware of other publishers that should be included, please email Molly Strothmann.

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