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What are Altmetrics?       

Altmetrics or alternative metrics  measure the attention a resource generates on the social web or other sources.  They can be applied to journal articles, books/book chapters, software, datasets, websites, videos, etc.  Altmetrics attempt to show influence and engagement of work through blogs, reference management systems, scholarly social networks, and other platforms.They are metrics that complement traditional metrics such as citation counts to capture the impact within the scholarly community and beyond in society.                 

Altmetrics include: 

Usage: Views, downloads (Figshare, Dryad, Slideshare)

Captures: Mendeley bookmarks, CiteULike bookmarks

Mentions: Blog posts, news stories, policy documents, Wikipedia articles, comments, reviews

Social Media: Tweets, Facebook likes, shares

Altmetrics on CityLibrary Search and Databases

CityLibrary SearchExample of Altmetrics data showing summary of number of mentions on Twitter and Facebook and Number of readers on Mendeley.

You can see some examples of Altmetrics data (where available) on CityLibrary Search

Conduct a search and when you have a list of results, the Altmetrics score will appear to the right hand side of some of the results. Select the icon to see more information such as Twitter and Facebook mentions and the number of readers on social networking tools (eg. Mendeley).


Some databases such as ScienceDirect display Altmetric data for articles and publications where available. 

Example of Altmetric data on ScienceDirect shows number of Tweeters and number saved to reference manager such as Mendeley.

Altmetrics on City Research Online

Look out for the Altmetric button next to items in City Research Online. This will link to data from and show you how often an article has been mentioned or shared on Twitter, Mendeley etc

Altmetric button showing 1 mention.

Read an article from City Research Online? If you have found it useful and wish to comment on it or to share it with other researchers,  you can use the share buttons next to each article.

Bookmarks and Share buttons on CRO to various social media and email options.