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Altmetrics (or alternative metrics) complement traditional bibliometrics to paint a broader picture of your publication impact.
Some of your research publications may have their own altmetrics.
For each such research publication, altmetrics measure that publication's publicly-available data:
Advantages of altmetrics:
There are several common altmetric indicators.
Altmetric produce a 'donut' indicator. You will see 'donuts' or similar Altmetric indicators increasingly appearing in these Massey University systems:
as well as publishers' websites and other sources. Learn more about indicators
Unlike other metrics tools, you do not have to set up an altmetrics profile or learn how to gather your publication impact data.
Once your research publication gets its first mention in social media or public policy documents (i.e. is referred-to by its citation, DOI or handle), the altmetrics products will begin to gather your altmetrics data, and that data will be integrated into the systems described above.
If you want to increase the chances of gathering altmetrics for a publication, you could consider blogging or tweeting about it using its DOI, handle or citation.
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Last updated on Monday 30 March 2020
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