Altmetrics are alternative metrics derived from open web resources. They measure the number of times a research output is tweeted, downloaded, viewed, discussed etc., pointing to the public or social visibility of the output.
Researchers who work in disciplines that are not associated with the accumulation of citations in available academic resources, can use altmetrics to demonstrate the reach and significance of their work.
Altmetrics can also be used to complement traditional measures of impact.
Many web-based tools are available to help researchers explore and share the diverse impact of their research product. Popular examples include the following:
When building a research profile that will provide evidence of your individual impact and to build your own research profile, consider signing on to social networking sites, listing publications and tracking how often articles have been viewed and who is following. This is also a way to build an online profile and make links with academics and researchers who share the same interests. Popular academic networking websites include: