There are a variety of different materials available, including 'how to' videos, quick reference guides and other online support articles designed to help you get started using Altmetric Explorer.
Sharing custom reports
Amazon tracking for books
Altmetric tracks attention to books when they are shared via Amazon URLs. This means publishers and users who are interested in seeing aggregated attention tot heir books across platforms can also see attention to their content via Amazon sharing.
Amazon attention appears on the details page like any other mention:
- https://www.altmetric.com/details/20705639/twitter– see the URLs in the tweets link to Amazon book
- https://www.altmetric.com/details/11208269/news– the Washington Post story links to the Amazon book
Ensuring your blog posts are tracked
The Altmetric list of blogs that are scanned for mentions of scholarly articles is manually curated, meaning that Altmetric has to maintain the database. If you are a blogger and want your blog posts to be tracked and recognised by Altmetrics, you should take the following steps:
Tell Altmetrics about your blog
Email email@example.com and if your blog isn’t already being tracked, the data curator will consider your blog for inclusion in the Altmetric blogs database. Altmetrics track blogs via their RSS feeds so do make sure that your site’s feed is available and functioning properly. Also feel free to suggest any blogs that you think Altmetrics should be tracking!
Always include links to the papers that you reference
If you blog a lot about your research, the best way to make sure that your posts get picked up by Altmetric is to include a direct link to a scholarly article.
You can include a link to the journal in a variety of different formats, which include but are not limited to:
- A link to the DOI URL. e.g., http://dx.doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-158-11-201306040-00002
- A link to the journal article on its publisher website. e.g., http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1691733
- A link to the PubMed version of the article. e.g., http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23732711
- A link to the article on arXiv. e.g., http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.2251
Data sources tracked by Altmetrics
Altmetric tracks the following sources for mentions of research outputs. Where possible they surface the original text of each mention, and in some cases are also able to provide demographic data on the author of the mention.
- Policy Documents: Altmetric tracks a wide range of public policy documents for mentions, and are adding more every month.
- Mainstream Media: You can check out the news sources page on the Altmetric website for the latest list of news sources that Altmetric tracks. This list currently extends to over 1,000 English and non-English global news outlets.
- Blogs: Altmetric maintains a manually curated list of over 8,000 academic and non-academic blogs. These are tracked automatically via RSS feeds.
- Online reference managers
- Post-publication peer-review forums
- Social media
- Twitter (public comments and retweets only, no favourites)
- Facebook (public posts only, no likes)
- Reddit (original posts only, not comments)
- Sina Weibo
- LinkedIn groups
- Other online sources
- Sites running Stack Exchange (Q&A)
- Reviews on F1000
- Publisher download count data: Altmetric can optionally harvest download counts from publishers that make this data available through an API or by bulk download. This data doesn’t contribute to the Altmetric score but can be shown to users through the embedded badges and details pages.
These online support articles are provided by Altmetric and provide useful overviews and explanations about Altmetric and Altmetric Explorer: