Altmetrics and the future of research impact

altmetrics = alternative metrics

AltMetrics Score
Image: Example of AltMetrics score

Altmetrics are alternative metrics used to measure the impact of research. First proposed in a tweet by Jason Priem in 2010, the unclearly defined term of ‘altmetrics’ has come to mean a range of different things, such as:

  • impact measured based on online activity, or
  • metrics for alternative research outputs, or
  • other alternative ways of measuring research impact.

Read more about Altmetrics and watch a Beginner’s Guide video in the Subject Research LibGuides here.