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Research Impact for Engineering

Alternative Metrics

Alternative metrics, also called altmetrics, measure engagement with publications in non-scholarly venues like blogs, tweets, article downloads, and shares. See the altmetrics.org blog for more information.

How do I access alternative metrics?

  • Generate individual reports with tools like ImpactStory, or access altmetrics through publisher websites and citation databases (e.g., PlumX metrics are included in Scopus)
     
  • Altmetric.com
    Not to be confused with the generic term "altmetrics," Altmetric.com is an alternative metrics provider.
     
  • Plum Analytics
    Gathers data about usage of data sets, open access publications, presentations, blogs, and other types of scholarly communication.
     
  • Snowball Metrics
    A research metrics initiative led by research universities around the world working to establish global standards to enable institutional benchmarking. The University of Michigan is a member of the Snowball Metrics United States Working Group.