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Types of altmetrics

Types of altmetrics and examples

Altmetric type Description Examples
Shares Posted publicly in order to share news of research article or outputs Twitter, Topsy, Facebook, reddit, news articles, blog posts, Google+, YouTube, Figshare, and Mendeley
Saves Saved on social bookmarking sites or favorited on social media and social coding websites Mendeley, CiteULike, Delicious, Github, Twitter, and Slideshare
Reviews Discussed with additional commentary added Faculty of 1000 (F1000), blog posts, article comments, and Facebook comments
Adaptations Creation of derivative works using an article or other output Github
Social usage statistics Downloads or views on web services and social media sites Figshare, Slideshare, Dryad, Facebook, and YouTube

Correlations to traditional measures of impact

  • Twitter mentions: Citation counts
  • Facebook wall posts: Citation counts
  • Mendeley & CiteULike saves: Citation counts
  • F1000 reviews: Citation counts
  • Expert blog posts: Highly cited papers; journal impact factor
  • News articles: Citation counts
  • Wikipedia citations: Citation counts

(Adapted from Konkiel, S.)


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