Altmetrics counts the number of online events that have been stimulated by a research output.
This metric divides the broad range of online events into four categories:
The field of altmetrics is still new and dynamic, and much research about how it can be used as an indicator of research outcome or performance is being conducted.
In addition to Altmetric as a Snowball Metric, the term altmetric also refers to the concept of article level metrics and the Altmetric tool which displays as the badges for individual publications in JCU Research Portfolio.
The online sources that have been indexed and that are thus available to contribute to the counts of online activity are evolving. For this reason, Altmetrics defines the four categories within which the various indexed online sources can be distributed. The online tools listed in the Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Engagement LibGuide, should not be taken as an exhaustive list, but rather as examples to illustrate the type of activity that could be counted in each category.
Recommended tools which can be used to explore, display and share the online activity about researchers and research outputs are listed below.