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 2013, Costas 2014). This could show that alternative measures do, in fact, provide complementary information to traditional metrics.
In 2016, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) published The Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment of the Metrics Project, which includes recommendations on data metrics.
Altmetrics have become a useful tool for research impact metrics outside academia.
Details about using the bookmarklet available on altmetric.com. To obtain information on an article using the bookmarklet, the article must have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).