With the advent of Internet era and online academic publishing, not only the way how scholars communicate, but also how their impact is measured, undergo radical evolution. Traditional citation-based metrics, such as impact factor or h-index, are being increasingly complemented by “alternative metrics”, or altmetrics, which measure online attention received by a given article in a form of mentions and link shares in social media and on other popular sites. Altmetrics gain more and more recognition in academic institutions as a simple yet effective way to measure personal impact of individual researchers.
In recent days, Paperity established cooperation with Altmetric, the leading provider of alternative metrics. Under this cooperation, Paperity will expose to Altmetric the metadata of all its articles for proper identification of the papers, and Altmetric will track social mentions of these articles (i.e., their Paperity pages) and measure online attention they receive, with calculation of Altmetric score for each of the observed papers. If a given article has been tracked already by Altmetric using other web addresses (outside Paperity), mentions of its Paperity pages will be added to the existing score.
Examples of Altmetric scores of Paperity articles that were mentioned on Twitter can be found here or here – observe the links inside some of the tweets which point to Paperity pages of the articles. Thanks to cooperation with Altmetric, every social share of a link to an article in Paperity will increase the score of the paper and will help its authors demonstrate their impact and build their academic CV.
At the moment, papers are identified in Altmetric by their Digital Object Identifier (DOI), thus the integration works only for journals that assign DOIs to their articles. We hope that the integration will be extended in the future to cover all types of papers. We also plan to establish similar cooperation with ImpactStory, another leading provider of alternative metrics.