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Research Metrics

Attention and altmetrics

You can track online attention to your research with altmetrics (also known as alternative metrics). Altmetrics can uncover the volume and nature of attention to your publications from sources. Examine your engagement and reach of your research outputs by using Altmetric Explorer as it collects and collates a wide range of online activity, including:

  • Tweets
  • Facebook mentions
  • News items
  • Inclusion in policy documents
  • Blog
  • Wikipedia mentions
  • Shares on academic networking sites such as Mendeley

A DOI or ISBN is required for Altmetric Explorer to track any item's online activity and include this permanent identifier when posting about your work online.

Some Altmetric providers, such as PlumX (which is integrated with Scopus), also include download and view activity of articles from journal websites.

Altmetrics have been developed to capture this online activity and have become an acceptable inclusion in statements outlining researcher impact for grant/promotion applications. An Altmetric Score, where available, will appear against individual research outputs once it's been indexed in ResearchDirect and the Research Portal.

For further advice about research promotion, please see this overview of research engagement.

Learn more about Altmetrics — includes guides, videos and recommended readings.

See: Altmetric Explorer | Mendeley

Find Altmetric Attention data

Altmetric Explorer

  • Shows the online activity surrounding your academic research.
  • Track the global engagement of your work via Twitter & Facebook activity, Wikipedia mentions, online opinion pieces (e.g., The Conversation), blog posts, news stories, citations in policy documents and more.
  • Dimensions and Web of Science citations are also included so traditional and non-traditional metrics can be assessed holistically.
  • Search results can be filtered by individual researchers or departments within the Institute, or select the 'full database' to access the global dataset.

Watch how to navigate and use Altmetric Explorer (YouTube playlist) and these Altmetric Explorer webinars that will show you how to improve your engagement tracking from end to end.


  1. Search for your publications in ResearchDirect
  2. Click the number under the Altmetric Attention donut in the result
    • If there is no number, the article may not have Altmetric data
    • Only publications with a DOI have altmetric data


Altmetric Bookmarklet

Add an Altmetric Bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar to instantly get article altmetrics for any recent paper.

Altmetric Attention score donut

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More ways to measure attention to publications


  • Free site where researchers can explore and share the online attention of their research
  • Requires a Twitter or ORCID account

Plum Analytics

  • Plum analytics is the Elsevier equivalent of Altmetric Explorer.
  • PlumX Metrics are available for articles indexed in the Scopus, ScienceDirect and CINAHL databases.
  • Look for the Plum Print widget
  • Information about PlumX metrics is available from the Scopus libguide.

    PlumX Metrics:

    • Provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment.
    • These metrics are categorised into five groups: citations, usage, captures, mentions, and social media.
    • Many journal homepages display the top 10 most popular articles according to PlumX social media metrics. PlumX Metrics come from over 50 different sources.

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