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Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity (RSCA) Impact

What are Altmetrics?

chat bubbles vectorAltmetrics are measures of research impact that measure the wider, societal impacts of scholarly works by tracking how they are discussed, shared, saved, read, and reused by scholars and the public. Altmetrics are sourced from many web platforms and medias: number of downloads, shares, and mentions in venues such as institutional repositories, government documents, social media (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, blogs, etc), and web-based reference managers like Mendeley and Zotero.

They are useful supplementary measures of impact, best used in tandem with traditional measures like citation analysis. Combined, these metrics can illustrate the broad impact of your work.

Tool for Locating Altmetrics

PlumX Metrics* - Plum Analytics

*SJSU has a subscription to PlumX Metrics

Collects impact metrics in five categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations. Tracks data for research outputs including journal articles, books, videos, presentations, conference proceedings, datasets, source code, cases, and more. Access:

  1. Go to select databases - see below for databases with PlumX Metrics available

  2. Search in select databases for an article or author

  3. In the detailed record place, locate the PlumX icon that looks like a very colorful 5-pronged asterisk

  4. View the details to see what information is available



*Freely available resource; no subscription needed

Databases with PlumX Metrics Available

Only select databases have PlumX Metrics available, including:

Below are a couple of multidisciplinary databses that may be helpful to get you started with PlumX Metrics.