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Who's Citing Me? Measuring Your Research Impact

A guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and citation/journal analysis.


Altmetrics: The number of downloads, tweets, blog posts, likes, bookmarks, etc. in social media which are used in analyze researcher and citation impact. Altmetrics offer a faster and wider-ranging measures of how people discussing and using your work.

Altmetric Databases

Plum X - A free online database which calculates citations, usage, mentions, captures and social media hits and generates data visualization charts.

Altmetric Bookmarklet - A free bookmarklet you add to your browser's toolbar. When you visit any paper online you can view artilce-level metrics by clicking on it. 

PLOS One - A peer-reviewed open access publisher that provides altmetric data for each article and a platform for article discussions. 

F1000 Peer-reviewed open access platform that offers altmetric data for each article and a platform for artilce discussions. 

PubMed Commons -  A new feature in PubMed that allows researchers to comment on articles

ResearchGate A researcher social networking site that generates altmetric reports and tracks and promotes researchers' works

Mendeley, CiteULike, Connotea - Citatation management software that combines social networking features. These tools track downloads, bookmarking, and sharing of works.

Figshare - A platform for publishing research data sets and tracking views, shares, cites (coming soon)

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Caveats and Cautions

Guidelines do not exist for using altmetrics in creating an impact story. This area is new and promising, but still developing in the literature.  A recent article in Nature (Peplow, 2013) hypothesized that re-citations and download/views will be important measures to consider moving forward.

Beta-testing New NIH Altmetric

A team from the NIH recently presented a paper proposing a new metric, Relative Citation Ratio or RCR, for evaluating the impact of a set of publications.

Online tool (beta-test) RCR

A review of the tool highlights the new formula and the authors' claims.