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Research Impact Metrics & Visibility

This guide, targeted towards faculty and researchers, provides an introduction to the various metrics used to measure scholarly research impact.

What are altmetrics?

Altmetrics are alternative metrics used to measure the impact of research. Altmetrics have the potential to "provide a broader, more diverse view of the impact of any piece of scholarship, to reflect the impact of the article itself, not its publication venue, to track impact outside the academy, to track the impact of influential but uncited work, and to track impact from sources that aren't peer-reviewed." (source:

Altmetrics track research impact by quantifying:

  • usage - views, clicks, downloads, holdings, document delivery, ILL
  • captures - favorites, bookmarks, saves, readers
  • mentions - blog posts, Wikipedia articles, news stories, comments, reviews
  • social media - tweets, +1s, likes, mentions, shares, ratings
  • citation - Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, PubMed


Altmetrics tools