In recent years, metrics that apply to different aspects of publication behavior have developed. Examples include:
However, as with citation metrics, each unit of measurement has its own complexities. No one metric can be taken as a sign of 'quality'.
|They give us an insight into public impact, rahter than just scholarly attention.They're quicker to accumulate – sometimes they even predict future citations.They can be used to track the attention for non-traditional research outputs.||They can't tell us anything about the quality of the research.It's almost impossible to keep track of everything everyone's doing online, so the picture is almost always incomplete.|
The truth is, you need both kinds of metrics to get the full picture of research impact.
A majority of research doesn't have attention online - and that's OK. It's likely just not being discussed on the sites that altmetrics aggregators track, like more than 80% of other research online.
More information on the theory behind alternative metrics, is available at http://www.altmetrics.org.
The Altmetric service is available to all journals on Wiley Online Library and allows you to:
For more information, visit our Altmetric page on Wiley Online Library.
PLEASE NOTE: "Altmetrics" are not the same thing as "Altmetric."
Altmetrics (aka Alternative Metrics) is a type of data that helps people understand how scholarship is discussed online.
Altmetric (aka Altmetric.com) is one of several services that report on altmetrics.