Category Archives: altmetrics

Thing 22 – Tracking success

23 Research Things Cambridge

We’ve covered a lot of different tools for sharing and promoting your research. From Twitter to blogging, and sharing slides to sharing data through Creative Commons, there’s lots of ways to shout about what you do and how you do it.

But how do you track whether any of these efforts are even being noticed? Well, that’s what Thing 22 is all about…alternative metrics!

Check out our video all about exciting analytics and metrics that are easy to use and brilliant at helping you find out what is going on in the online world that’s out there.

Video transcript

Thing 22 activities

Explore the analytics section of your Twitter account. What sort of things did you find out?

Track a URL using TweetReach. Try experimenting using a URL from an existing tweet

Add the Altmetric bookmarklet to your browser and test it out on some academic articles (either your own or from someone…

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InCites Journal Citation Reports and InCites Essential Science Indicators

This is where to find robust citation data.


Further to our post in November 2015, it is now possible to link to the new InCitesTM versions of Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators direct from the Web of Science platform.  (Until May 2 this week, this was not possible due to a misconfiguration at Thomson Reuters.)

The links in the eresources@cambridge A-Z and in the LibGuides Databases A-Z have been updated.

Collectively Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators comprise Journal and Highly Cited Data, offering a much greater ease of use and flexibility for analysing and presenting citation data to support research (and ultimately to support the REF 2020).

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Altmetric Top 100 2015

Is YOUR research featured in this top 100 index?


Altmetric today unveils its Top 100 list of the most shared and discussed academic research of 2015:

Recreating Van Gogh’s masterpieces, risky Christmas gifts, plastic pollution in our oceans, and the return of the autism debate all caught the imagination of the public and mainstream media this year.

Articles in the list can be filtered by institution, journal, access type and subject category. 42% of the articles that made the 2015 list were published under a gold Open Access license.

The ranking is determined based on which research papers published in the last year have received the most attention from the sources tracked by Altmetric – including mainstream media sites, Wikipedia, blogs, social networks, post-publication peer-review forums, and online reference managers, amongst others.

To explore the list (including our new interactive institutional affiliation map!) visit, and join the conversation online with #altmetrictop100

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Definitely a good opportunity to experiment with your own altmetric score!


Following Altmetric since June 2014, we are pleased to offer a link via the eresources@cambridge A-Z for access to the Altmetric Explorer for Cambridge users.

This linkprovides access both on and off campus via secure authentication.

Click on the Sign in link at the top right of the home page.

On the Altmetric login page click on the “continue to use the read-only version of the Explorer” link in the sentence “As you are a University of Cambridge customer, please feel free to sign up for a site licence account or continue to use the read-only version of the Explorer”.

Build your own Altmetric donut.

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Altmetrics – measure and manage the ‘buzz’ around your articles

Have you been seeing ‘donuts’ everywhere?   Two Doughnuts on a Plate

Not this kind of donut – I unfortunately can’t legitimately use an Altmetric donut graphic here – but you may well have seen the multi-coloured circles (‘donuts’) created by Altmetric appearing on journal websites, on citation databases such as Web of Science, and on researchers’ websites. If you don’t already know what altmetrics and the donuts are here is a brief guide.

Altmetrics are basically alternative metrics to the impact factor, and measure the impact of researchers’ publications beyond citations. This kind of impact is becoming increasingly important for researchers to demonstrate. In fact there is currently a government review (Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment) taking place that is evaluating to what extent, if any, to include metrics in the next REF.

The company Altmetric for example has servers that watch social media sites, newspapers, and many other sources for mentions of scholarly articles and bring them together to compile article level metrics. They calculate an Altmetric ‘score’ and put this number in the centre of the donut. The colours reflect the mix of sources mentioning that score e.g. blue for Twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources etc. Altmetric does this on behalf of publishers, institutions, and researchers. Hence the donuts’ appearance on journal websites, databases and researchers’ websites.

Ways you can use the donut

For researchers, Altmetric provides a free bookmarklet, and free embeddable badges.

Once installed, the bookmarklet allows you to navigate to the desired journal article and hit “Altmetric it” in your browser’s bookmarks bar, and you’ll see the Altmetric donut, score, and metrics.

You can enhance your CV and publication lists on your personal website by adding Altmetric badges, including the donut. You just need the article’s identifier (e.g., a DOI, arXiv ID, etc.) and some simple lines of code. Clicking on the badge will take visitors to your website to a landing page hosted by Altmetric where they can see a score breakdown, the context and Twitter demographics for that article.

You can also use altmetrics to track articles and to receive email alerts when they receive new attention so you can keep up to date with who is mentioning your article and where.


Altmetric donuts are now displayed beside the citation counts on Symplectic (via Altmetric for Institutions).

Metrics, Kudos and the RSC

Altmetric donuts already appear on RSC journal websites.


You may also be interested in Kudos. According to their website:

Kudos is a free service for researchers through which you can explain, enrich, and share links to your publications to help increase readership and citations.

Kudos operates across publishers. Kudos can be used for any publication for which a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) has been registered with CrossRef and so articles, books, and book chapters can be uploaded.

The RSC is currently working with Kudos; find out more on this Chemistry Library blog post:

You can of course sign up to Kudos now for free, independently, to try it out; it might be useful to you as a one-stop shop for managing the buzz around your articles.

Kudos – increase the impact of your publications


What is Kudos?

According to their website:

Kudos is a free service for researchers through which you can explain, enrich, and share links to your publications to help increase readership and citations.

How does it work?

Again, according to their website:

Researchers register to use Kudos and are then led through various steps that prompt them to explain their publications; add context and enrich them with links to resources such as images and data; and share information about their publications via social networks and email. The Kudos platform distributes the additional author-added content and links to aid discoverability of publications. Kudos also enables researchers to track the effect of their actions against a wide range of metrics.

Kudos operates across publisher platforms and subject disciplines and enables you to monitor and manage the attention all your publications (articles, books, and book chapters) receive in one place. You can add publications retrospectively and indeed it may help to revive interest in your older publications.

Do I have to pay?

No, it is free for researchers to use; only publishers, funders and institutions pay a fee for various tools and information.

How do I find out more?

Visit the Kudos website:

The RSC is partnering with Kudos. See the press release, and watch the video of researchers’ experience of using Kudos on YouTube: