The information on this page is based on the following Sparc Primer:
Tananbaum, G. (2013). Article-Level Metrics: A SPARC Primer. Retrieved from: SPARC: https://sparcopen.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/SPARC-ALM-Primer.pdf.
Article-Level Metrics offer a way to measure the scholarly impact of an individual's article. These metrics are distinct from the journal publication in which it is published. Article-Level metrics encompass data drawn from citations, usage, captures, and altmetrics. Please see the boxes below for more details about these data sources.
Altmetrics track data on how often an article has been mentioned on social media sites such as Facebook & Twitter.
Altmetric: Altmetric tracks an articles mention on social media. While some features of Altmetric are available by subscription only, there is a free bookmark that you can download to get data on a specific article.
Impact Story: a free web-based tool that allows researchers to find and share the online impact of their work.
Dimensions:a searchable database of scholarly publications including journal articles, pre-prints, conference papers, and book chapters. Allows you to search by author, title, subject of a work. Dimensions incorporates data from Altmetric.
Usage statistics captures data on how often an article has been viewed or downloaded. Here are some tools that capture that data:
Journal publishers are starting to offer article level metrics for their publications. Two major publishers include:
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