Altmetric monitors social media sites, blog posts, news stories, Wikipedia, Mendeley, Twitter, Facebook, government policy documents, patents and other sources for mentions of outputs.
Altmetric text mine news sources for mentions of the journal title and author names, and cross-reference this with an external database to determine which article the news story is about. For all other sources, for Altmetric to be able to pick up the mention automatically there needs to be an HTML link to the article page (the one with a DOI or other unique identifier on) in the main body of the text.
For Mendeley and Citeulike, Altmetric show counts of readers but they do not contribute to the donut or score.
What are the most useful things I need to know about Altmetrics?
If you require any help using Altmetrics please email Discovery@dundee.ac.uk and we would be happy to meet via Teams to demonstrate how you can make use of Altmetrics,.
Within the Altmetric report choose the "Attention Score in Context" tab (highlighted in the screenshot above) which shows some different contexts to help you understand if the level of attention is typical compared to similar articles.
Can you define a good Altmetric score?
As an Altmetric score measures attention - which could be good or bad - you can't really say that a score is 'good' as such.
Let's look at the attention score in context instead.
Altmetric calculate these percentiles by looking at everything indexed in the Altmetric database, which you can browse using the Explorer. Altmetric don't include articles that didn't get any attention.
If the Score tab says that an article is ranked #10 out of 220 published in the same journal it means the 220 articles that have been mentioned at least once on a tracked data source, rather than that the journal has published 220 articles in total.
If an article scores 20 or more it's doing much better than most of its peers.
You've just had a paper published or you are reading a paper online and you want to find out the Altmetric details for the paper. A useful tool to help you do this is Bookmarklet.
Note: Bookmarklet only works on PubMed, arXiv or pages containing a DOI with Google Scholar friendly citation metadata.