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What are altmetrics?

Traditional bibliometrics measures how often articles or journals are cited in scholarly literature.  

Altmetrics is a much broader measure of the influence of a scholar's work.

Here are some categories of Altmetrics

Category Examples
Scholarly Activity Downloads/Views,  Mendeley Readers, Saves to databases like EBSCO, Mentions in course syllabi, library holdings of books, Stars or code forks in GitHub
Scholarly Commentary Peer review or recommendations on Publon or F1000, Blog posts, Wikipedia entries, Book reviews from Goodreads or Amazon
Social Activity Mentions or shares on Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit
Mass Media Discussion on popular news or magazine websites

What are some of the benefits of altmetrics?

  • Timeliness: while it takes a few years to accumulate scholarly citations, altmetrics data like social media mentions, article downloads and readers in Mendeley are almost immediate.
  • Measure broader societal impact: altmetrics collects mentions from non-academic sources like the mass media
  • Evaluate a variety of scholarly formats: academic works like software programs, datasets and presentations can be evaluated with altmetrics

Harvesting Resources

Harvesting Resources are powerful tools that pull altmetrics data from a variety of websites and social media platforms.

None of the resources are completely comprehensive and you will have to consult multiple databases.

PlumX metrics via Scopus will help you locate the following types of altmetrics:

  • Downloads/Views from EBSCO databases (Pepperdine subscribes to EBSCO databases like Business Source Premier, PsycINFO, etc).
  • Readers in Mendeley
  • Mentions on social media
  • Discussions in Wikipedia, Blog posts
  • Mentions in mass media


A Select one year or three year to view your altmetrics in context compared to other articles.




Publisher Websites for usage statistics

Publisher websites sometimes list metrics such as the number of times an article has been viewed or downloaded:

Resources for evaluating Books

Here are some examples of metrics for locating information for books:

WorldCat Holdings in Libraries



Reviews on Goodreads or Amazon

Open Syllabus Project: You can search over one million syllabi to see if your book is mentioned.

SelectedWorks/Institutional Repositories


Scholarly Social Networking Sites

Scholarly Commentary