Information to assist faculty members, research staff, and graduate students in understanding how to use impact metrics tools currently available.
Considerations need to be made in regards to the role that the author, content, source, impact, ranking, and benchmark have on the research cycle.
Four main areas can be used to determine the impact of research:
Some of the metrics used for altmetrics are following
The new approach to evaluate articles is to evaluate each article on its own merits, regardless of the journal where the article is published. This is done by using article level metrics, altmetrics. Altmetrics focuses on social media e.g. discussions in blogs or researcher networks like ResearchGate and Academia.edu, tweets in Twitter, amount of downloads of an article, citations and mentions in Mendeley and/or Google Scholar. In comparison to bibliometrics altmetrics is very fast. It takes years for an article to get citations. In opposite an article can get tweets in one day.