Many scholars believe traditional metrics do not give the whole picture of research impact, especially in fields outside the sciences.
Altmetrics use a range of measurements to show research impact. They measure both impact on a field or discipline and impact on society. Metrics include:
Altmetrics can be useful for early-career researchers or new publications that need time to gain citation counts. They also account for other types of publications, such as scholarly blogs, tweets, nanopublications, datasets, and other forms of self publishing.
Altmetrics should be used in combination with traditional metrics to establish a holistic view of research impact.
The benefits of altmetrics
Generally, altmetrics are:
Three of the top altmetric programs are:
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