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Evaluating Scholarly Publications for Tenure and Promotion: Free Altmetric Resources

This guide will help you find evidence of the value of your publications to use in your FAR.

Free Altmetric Resources

Academia.edu

Allows users to create an account and share papers. Provides the number of views of and citations to articles within Academia.edu.

Citeulike

Allows users to create an account and search for articles from peer-reviewed journals that others have added to their library. Users can also add new articles found in other databases. Users can then find out who is reading what they are.

Note that this is not a replacement for citation management tools like EndNote but will work with such tools.

Figshare

Allows users to create an account to store and share their data. There is 1GB of space available for storage of private data as well. Views and shares of data sources are counted.

PeerEvaluation

Allows users to create an account and upload papers for review by colleagues and it allows you to reach out and ask your peers to evaluate your work. This site is intended to promote open peer review which is not anonymous peer review. Peer Evaluation adds a qualitative aspect to the standard numbers used in showing value in research.

ResearchGate

Allows users to create an account and:

Upload work and follow it (see how many views, downloads, and citations it has gotten)
Ask questions of experts
Network - follow others and be followed in return
List your skills and expertise areas

Note that this is run by a for-profit corporation and any activity you do on this site could be monitored, used, or sold to others. Be certain that you have permission to add your papers to this site before you upload any materials.

Scholarometer

This widget is not available currently but will hopefully be back in a better version soon (accurate as of April 9, 2018).

This widget allows you to search Google Scholar easily in complex ways and get parsed results back. Scholarometer can track multiple formats of a name and multiple ways of citing the same paper. Provides citation counts for papers searched.

What are altmetrics?

Altmetrics is short for alternative metrics and they are a response to the need to demonstrate the value or impact of particular publications or researchers. Altmetrics can include traditional measures such as citation counts and non-traditional measures such as impact in social media (usually more academic than twitter or facebook but those too).

Included on this page are free and subscription resources that can be used for altmetrics. No one resource is the ideal answer for all researchers and a single researcher may want to use multiple resources.

Want more information?

Below are some open-source articles on altmetrics.

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