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Measuring Research Impact and Quality: Alternative Metrics Altmetrics

Altmetrics--Alternative Metrics

Collage of words describing altmetrics

Definition

Altmetrics are metrics for social media mentions and uses of scholarly output.  This data can be useful for monitoring your personal impact with other scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the public.

For a good overview read the following article: 
Rise of 'Altmetrics' Revives Questions About How to Measure Impact of Research Chronicle of Higher Education (June 3, 2013)

Not all databases provide this measure. PlumMetrics is the word coined for altmetrics in EBSCO, Science Direct. Below is the record for a search on carbon monoxide from car exhausts and health impact. At the bottom of the record you will see PlumX Metrics.

Academic Journal

By: Baron, Roy C.; Backer, Ronald C.; Sopher, Irvin M. American Journal of Public Health. Mar1989, Vol. 79 Issue 3, p328-330. 3p. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.79.3.328. , Database: Academic Search Complete

Subjects: AUTOMOBILE emissionsCARBON monoxide; DEATH; AUTOMOBILE exhaust systems; HAZARDS; MOTOR vehicle inspection; BLOOD alcohol; COMBUSTION gases; PUBLIC welfare; GOVERNMENT policy; WEST Virginia; Automotive Exhaust System Repair; Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing; All Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance; General Automotive Repair; Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs); Emergency and Other Relief Services; Health and Welfare Funds; Other Individual and Family Services

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