Top 100 – Altmetrics – 2017

The Altmetric Top 100 2017 is here! Check out this year’s list of the most talked about articles.

What are Altmetrics?

  • Attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources, e.g. policy documents, news, blogs and social media
  • Indicators of research impact
  • Help understand how research is being received and used
  • Complementary to traditional citation-based analysis

Why Altmetrics?

  • Provide a more coherent understanding of research attention
  • Understand the broader reach and early impact of research
  • Track attention to a broad range of research outputs, including articles, posters, data sets and working papers, etc.
  • Help researchers get credit for impact activities

Advantages of Metrics for Single Research Outputs

  1. Real-time, immediate feedback on attention to scholarly content
  2. Useful for early career researchers whose work may not have accrued citations
  3. Showcase attention to a research output beyond academia
  4. Not biased by an over-arching metric

The Altmetric Bookmarklet

The free Bookmarklet lets you instantly retrieve altmetrics data for any article.


To install, go to:

Remember that the Numbers Don’t Tell You…

  1. Quality of the paper
  2. Quality of the researchers
  3. Whole story

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About Dawn Hibbert

Head of Research Support at the University of Northampton.

Posted on December 12, 2017, in Early Career Researcher, Faculties, News, Research and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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