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Bibliometrics and Citation Searching: Altmetrics


Altmetrics is a new concept in bibliometrics that aims to include alternative metrics when assessing the impact of an academic output.

These alternative metrics might include:

  • Social media mentions
  • Shares in academics portals such as Mendeley or Academia
  • Downloads
  • Mentions in mass media
  • Times an item has been accessed on a database

Altmetrics widget

This can be found on BURO, look for the Altmetrics icon at the bottom of the BURO record:


This new service is available through IRUS, which provides statistics to repository usage.

Plum-X metrics

Found on Scopus. Look for the Plum-X icon on the right-hand side of an article record: