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Altmetrics: Altmetrics Tracking Tools

"Altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship." according to altmetrics.org.

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ORCiD

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ORCiD:Distinguish Yourself

An ORCID® identifier (iD) is a persistent personal ID. Using your ORCID iD is more accurate and secure than a name: many people can have the same name but each ORCID iD is unique. An ORCID iD provides an easy way to distinguish yourself from other people with similar names guaranteeing that you will get credit for your work. For more about ORCID, visit our website

View a sample ORCID iD profile

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Things to know about ORCID iDs

  • Registering for an ORCID iD is free.
  • You can choose which parts of your profile are public. (A public profile is much more useful!) 
  • You can link DOI's and grant numbers to your ORCID iD.
  • Currently working for Iowa State? Select Iowa State University as your institution in the "Employment" section. 

Connect other identifiers 

Unlike other closed systems, for-profit researcher profiles, ORCID works well with a variety of other systems (and a growing number!). Connect your ORCID iD with: 

Impactstory

Impactstory: Your CV, but better.

Impactstory is a tool that gathers altmetrics from many sources under one roof. It is a way to promote, manage, and share your research and scholarship. Some researchers are using Impactstory as an alternative to a static online CV/resume. Impactstory is able to collect this information through ORCID

View an example "new research impacts" email (example profiles on left)

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Things to know about Impactstory

  • Impactstory is currently the only tool that provides this type of service for individuals.
  • Profile linking and item loading into your Impactstory profile may take some time (up to a day or two).

Altmetric.com

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Altmetric.com

  • Founded by Euan Adie in 2011, based in London.
  • One of the altmetrics tracking tools to track and analyze the online activities around scholarly literature.
  • Altmetric donuts :    The number in the center of the donut is the Altmetric score. The colors surrounding the donut reflect the mix of sources mentioning that score - blue for Twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources, etc.
  • The Altmetric Explorer captures tweets, blog posts, news stories and other content that mention scholarly articles weekly. It also lets researchers monitor, search and measure conversations about their publications and those of their peers.
  • The Altmetric Badges – impact visualized.
  • The Altmetric Bookmarklet - gets article level metrics for recent papers for free. For more info, read Altmetrics in Action: applications for researchers. How to install the Altmetric Bookmarklet? Watch this video.

Plum Analytics

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Plum Analytics

  • Founded by Andrea Michalek and Mike Buschman in late 2011.
  • To assess research by analyzing the five categories of metrics:  Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, Citations
  • Plum Analytics tracks more than 20 different types of artifacts, including journal articles, books, videos, presentations, conference proceedings, datasets, source code, cases, and more.
  • Acquired by EBSCO in January 2014. On Feb 2, 2017, it was acquired by Elsevier from EBSCO. It is integrated into Elsevier's products like Scopus, ScienceDirect, SciVal, and Pure. https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/corporate/elsevier-acquires-leading-altmetrics-provider-plum-analytics
  • Step 4, 2014 - ORCID and Plum Analytics Collaboration  
  • PlumX is the tool to harvest metrics from various online sources and the impact dashboard for measuring research output.
  • University of Pittsburgh is the 1st institution to implement PlumX 
  • Available via subscription.

Impactstory

Impact Story

ReaderMeter

ReaderMeter

ReaderMeter

PLOS Article Level Metrics

PLOS Article Level Metrics

CrowdoMeter

CrowdoMeter

CrowdoMeter

Scholarly Social Networking Tools

Altmetric tools for books

Book-based impact is very important for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines.

You can use the number of libraries that hold an item, or the number of patrons holds on an item as impact metrics.