Traditional scholarly metrics like Journal Impact Factors do not take into account scholars’ impact in today’s social media world. This is where altmetrics come in (visit altmetrics: a manifesto for more information). There are a growing number of altmetrics applications out there. One example is the Altmetric for Scopus.
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. When you view an abstract in Scopus, you might see a box titled Altmetric for Scopus on the right side of the screen. Below is a screenshot taken from the abstract view of the article: Slinin, Y., Paudel, M., Taylor, B. C., Ishani, A., Rossom, R., Yaffe, K., . . . Ensrud, K. E. (2012). Association between serum 25(OH) vitamin D and the risk of cognitive decline in older women. Journals of Gerontology – Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67 A(10), 1092-1098.
It should be noted that Scopus is not compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) 9 (like ProQuest Dissertations and Theses). IE 9 users should also make sure compatibility view mode is turned on: go to Tools and then click on Compatibility View settings and check Display all websites in Compatibility View.
Altmetric for Scopus is a 3rd party web application that collects mentions on social media and news outlets and counts on popular reference managers for a particular paper. The number inside the colored circle is the Altmetric score for the article you’re viewing. If you don’t see the Altmetric for Scopus, it means this app can’t find any mentions of the article you are viewing in their data sources. Also keep in mind that Altmetric only started collecting content from supported publishers/repositories during the second half of 2011. Read more on the app’s potential limits on its developer’s website.
Come to Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/ Don’t forget that we offer a class called “Get Started Publishing”. If you don’t see it listed, you can always contact us for a one on one or group consultation.
3 thoughts on “Measuring Scholarly Impact: Altmetrics and Altmetric for Scopus”
Thanks for the pointer to the manifesto; it’s been really exciting to see the interest this has attracted from folks in the academic library community!
I wanted to add that along with altmetric.com, there’s also Plum Analytics (an altmetrics platform marketed primarily to libraries) and ImpactStory, which I’m a co-founder of. ImpactStory’s an open-source, non-profit startup (we’re funded by the Sloan Foundation) built to help individual researchers gather and share the diverse impacts of all their products–traditional articles, but also datasets, software, slides, and more. Our goal is to help researchers uncover and tell the full story of their research’s impact.
Also, really interesting to hear that Scopus doesn’t support IE! As someone who’s had to design around Internet Exploder’s standards-noncomplient rendering more times than I can count, I have to say “yay Scopus!” for that choice :).
Thanks for your comments, Jason. I did not mention other altmetrics apps because of space limit. As of now, Scopus is compatible with IE 9 (it wasn’t when I published the post).
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