Two major alternative metric tools have released major changes in the last few months.
Impactstory, which began with a graduated fee model, including a free option, shifted to a pay-only service in 2014. It has now returned to offering a free account when you sign up with your ORCID iD. Impactstory tracks non-traditional impact metrics of your scholarly output, such as how many times it has been Tweeted, liked or shared on Facebook, saved in Mendeley, and more. This powerful (and fun!) tool help you understand how your research is being used, promoted, and distributed more broadly.
ORCID iDs are essentially digital identifiers for researchers. They are being used with increased frequency, and help distinguish you from other researchers. If you don’t already have an ORCID iD, get one today. Then use it to sign up for a free Impactstory account to measure your impact!
Altmetric has also announced some exciting news. As of June 30, 2016, the Altmetric score has changed to the Altmetric Attention Score. The Altmetric Attention Score is the number that appears in the middle of the “donut,” and indicates the reach of an article, or other scholarly output, in social media, news outlets, research and policy platforms. While this may not be earth shattering news in the research world, the move to formally name this metric does more accurately describe what it is, and makes it easier for researchers and authors to uniformly refer to. For more information, see the Altmetric blog post on this topic.
by: Erin Wimmer, Teaching & Learning Librarian