Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2018     Views: 122

What are Altmetrics?

Altmetrics are a way of tracking online attention and discussion surrounding research (e.g. journal papers) via online sources such as news outlets, Mendeley, reference managers, blogs, policy documents and social media. They can complement other forms of research assessment, such as bibliometrics and peer-review, by revealing how research is being shared and discussed online.

The University of Sheffield has access to Altmetric Explorer, which can either be used to explore the attention received by University of Sheffield research, or to identify highly discussed papers and journals from the wider research community.

Who might use them?

Researchers may wish to use altmetrics to track the attention their research has received, to find highly discussed research in their field that they might wish to read, or to find highly-discussed journals that they may wish to publish in.  The University may also use altmetrics to highlight discussions or online activity surrounding our research. 


Follow the access instructions.  Although an account is not required to browse the data, you have the option to register for a personal account which will allow you to save reports and set up email alerts. If you wish to do this, click 'Anonymous access' > 'Log in' and follow the instructions under 'Don't have an account yet?' You will need to create an account with Almetric to set up alerts and other features.

Find out more about altmetric

For further guidance on Bibliometrics and Altmetrics, see the University Metrics Hub web pages