Alternative impact measures, or altmetrics, complement traditional metrics. They aim to highlight the use of research results on the Internet by considering shares on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, downloads on platforms such as Mendeley, and mentions in blogs, wikis, and news media.
While still a relatively new field, there is research on the link between altmetrics and traditional citations. Results point to positive and weak correlations between alternative and traditional measures (Haustein 2013, Shema 2014, Costas 2014). This could show that alternative measures do, in fact, provide complementary information to traditional metrics.
A free website with open data and an open-source code for discovering the altmetrics of various types of documents (articles, presentations, videos, etc.). The Impactstory profile is built from the publications included in ORCID profiles.