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Altmetrics

Article-level metrics are now live

You can now discover article-level metrics, including Altmetric and download information, for all AoB PLANTS articles, helping you see the impact of your work.

What is an Altmetric score?

Altmetric LLP measures the attention that an article has received by tracking ‘mentions’ from social media (e.g. Twitter), blogs, news outlets and the media, as well as online reference managers like Mendeley and CiteULike. Altmetric allows authors and publishers to see what people are saying about a scholarly paper and can show them how much attention a paper is receiving relative to their peers.

The score is a quantitative measure of ‘mentions’ based on three main factors:

  • Volume: the score for an article rises as more people mention it.
  • Sources: each kind of mention contributes a different base amount to the final score (e.g., a newspaper article counts more than a blog post which counts more than a tweet).
  • Authors: the score is influenced by how often the author of each mention talks about scholarly articles and the kind of audience they are reaching

These combined mentions and factors produce the Altmetric score.

How do I find out an article’s metrics?

When viewing an article on the AoB PLANTS website click on ‘View metrics’ to the right hand side of the article(next to the Altmetric 'donut'). You can click on the Altmetric ‘donut’ or ‘see more details’ to view a detailed breakdown of where the article has been mentioned. Note that Altmetric data appears only when an article has a score above zero.

How can I boost my article’s Altmetric score and increase the number of downloads?

Sharing your article online helps to increase the impact of your article. Some suggestions for how to do this are below:

  • Add a link in your email signature, institutional faculty page, or LinkedIn profile, or post it to a relevant forum.
  • Use social media; refer to the Oxford University Press social media guide for authors for useful tips and information.
  • If you write a blog about your article, email support@altmetric.com with the web address of your blog and a link to your RSS feed to ensure that mentions are recorded and contribute to your score.

You can also add an ‘Altmetric badge’ to any website, which allows readers to automatically link to the top three mentions of your article.

Create a badge today.

Find out more information on adding Altmetric donuts and badges to your WordPress blog.

If you notice that any mentions are missing for a paper please email support@altmetric.com with the relevant links.

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