Liverpool University Press has joined Altmetric, a service that collects article level metrics and the online conversations around research papers by tracking a selection of online indicators (both scholarly and non-scholarly) to give a measurement of digital impact and reach. ‘Mentions’ that contain links to any version of the same paper are picked up, and collated. The result is the Altmetric score. 

If you spot any mentions missing for a paper, please use this form to report this to Altmetric, who will review your suggestions and add them where applicable. You can find more information about why some mentions may not have been picked up via the Altmetric support pages.

If you have any queries about the about the service, please contact Clare Hooper, Head of Journals

What's an Altmetric Score? 

The score is a quantitative measure of the attention that a scholarly article has received. It is derived from 3 main factors: 

  1. Volume: The score for an article rises as more people mention it.
  2. Sources: Each category of mention contributes a different base amount to the final score.
  3. Authors: How often the author of each mention talks about scholarly articles influences the contribution of the mention. 

You can click on the Altmetric logo to be taken to the article details page, which will show you each mention of the paper. 

The ring-shaped donut visualisation will differ in colour depending on what sources the article has mentions from – blue for twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources – and so on. 

Why is it different? 

Researchers, funders and institutions are increasingly concerned about the impact of their work and returns on their investments. 

The traditional methods of counting citations and downloads to measure impact misses much, not least the reception to published research amongst wider society. As a result, there has been a desire in the scholarly community to gain a better understanding of the reach and attention a paper receives beyond the academic sphere. 

‘Altmetrics’, or alternative metrics, have evolved to help answer those questions by tracking and collating mentions and shares of academic research papers and other outputs (such as datasets) across traditional and social media outlets, blogs, public policy documents, post-publication peer-review forums and online reference managers. 

What can I do with it? 

The Altmetric data available on the journal articles allows you to: 

  • See the attention that each article is receiving from non-traditional sources, including; mainstream and social media, published policy documents, online reference managers, and post-publication peer-review forums
  • Explore the conversations surrounding the content
  • Identify recent papers your peers think are interesting 

Altmetrics can be useful to researchers who are keen to build their online presence, demonstrate the broader impacts of their work, and increase their chances of receiving grant funding. 

To make the most of the data around your articles you might like to: 

  • Use the Altmetric details page to identify coverage and wider dissemination of your research that you can evidence in CVs or funding applications.
  • See who is talking about your research - identify potential new collaborators and build relationships with key influencers.
  • Monitor other research in your field, and know how it has been received amongst a broader audience.
  • Manage your online reputation – respond to commentary about your work and actively engage with the conversation. 

Altmetrics for Editors 

Altmetrics are a real-time measure of the attention your publications are receiving online. By using altmetrics you can identify who is talking about your content, where they’re having those conversations, and what they are saying.  

Find out more about Altmetrics for journal editors here.