A new branch of metrics - altmetrics - measures the “attention” given to your research via the press, social media, and policy documents. There are a number of different altmetric services available to Loughborough staff.
- Altmetric 'donuts' are available in LUPIN for individual research outputs. You may also be able to get further Altmetric data if your publisher has a subscription with Altmetric.
- Plum Analytics 'plumprints' are available in Scopus for individual research outputs.
- Mass media mentions are available in SciVal (Benchmarking) or institutions and discipline areas within insititutions.
- Logging into ImpactStory with your ORCID will generate altmetrics relating to all of the publications on your ORCID profile.
Making altmetrics work for you
Altmetric services can usually only track mentions of your work if they can link the mention back to your research output by means of a unique identifier such as an ISBN, DOI, or URI (such as an Institutional Repository link).
- When you tweet and blog about your research always link to the publication(s) concerned.
- You can link to the landing page (abstract or full-text web page) on the publisher's site, the institutional repository, or subject repositories like arXiv or PubMed Central.
- The use of link-shortening services is fine.
- If you want to share links to non-traditional research outputs like presentations, posters, videos or research data, use Loughborough's figshare site https://lboro.figshare.com/. Content on sites like Zenodo or the free figshare.com can also be tracked by Altmetric. Avoid linking to content on sites like SlideShare, Academia.edu or ResearchGate as these mostly cannot be tracked.
- If you want to add a link to your publication in a Wikipedia page, format the citation according to Wikipedia's rules - see https://help.altmetric.com/support/solutions/articles/6000060980-how-does-altmetric-track-mentions-on-wikipedia-.
Increasingly, citation metrics and alt-metrics are being used to support grant applications to demonstrate the impact and reach of your research. See this useful blog post on "23 diverse metrics to use on your next grant application".