Answered By: Elizabeth Galoozis
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016     Views: 60

Altmetrics is used to refer to "alternative metrics" or "article-level metrics." These metrics attempt to fill a gap by using social media mentions, link backs, blogs, news outlet coverage, and other web platform metrics to measure the impact of a particular work.

Altmetrics are especially well suited to datasets and types of scholarly work not covered by traditional metrics. Some of our databases and publishers (USC Libraries SearchScopus, Nature Publishing Group, SpringerLink, and more) incorporate altmetric data directly into their platforms.

In USC Libraries Main Search option an Altmetric button will now appear if/when there is altmetric data available for a given publication. By mousing-over the altmetric button you will see what online activity or attention the work has received. In addition, each of the platforms/sites listed is linked to a ProQuest/Altmetric website (that opens in a new page) which includes a list of the mentions for you to explore: 

If you click on the button a new page will open taking you to a joint ProQuest/Altmetric website that includes  more detailed information (demographics, geography of mention,and an option to set up alerts if/when this publication is mentioned in the future). This button will also show up on the Find It @ USC Sidebar and Results Pages if there is data available. 

Another way to explore Almterics is the Altmetric Bookmarklet, which can be used in Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. Clicking the bookmarklet will display a colorful wheel containing the article score and additional information about where it was mentioned.

Learn more about Almetric Bookmarklet and other tools on our library research guide.

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