Altmetrics Badge

Modified on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 at 09:27 AM

What are Altmetrics? 

Altmetrics are impact metrics that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter. Sourced from the Web, altmetrics can tell you a lot about how often journal articles and other scholarly outputs like datasets are discussed and used around the world. For that reason, altmetrics have been incorporated into researchers’ websites, institutional repositories, journal websites, and more. Learn more at

Why do some publications in eScholarship have an Almetrics badge? 

Altmetrics badges will display for eScholarship content only if the below requirements are met:

  • The item is part of the repository (i.e. in a publication series), or published in an eScholarship journal that subscribes to Almetrics
  • The item has  DOI
  • The Altmetrics score for that item is greater than 0