Alternative Metrics Arrive for JBMR®
Date: September 17, 2014
Debate about the value of the impact factor, which measures the collective value of a journal, has steadily been increasing, along with the desire to understand the more immediate impact of a specific research article or even the authors’ impact. Alternative metrics, or “altmetrics,” track mentions and discussions of individual scholarly papers from social media sources, mainstream media, online reference managers and public policy documents.
JBMR® authors now have access to altmetrics. A score is displayed for each article indicating the quality and quantity of attention that an individual article has received. While altmetrics are unlikely to replace traditional metrics anytime soon, they help provide authors, readers and editors with a more complete picture of the impact of published research.
Altmetric scores are based on three main factors: the number of individuals mentioning a paper, where the mentions occurred, and how often the author of each mention talks about the article. Users click on the Altmetric “badge” (Figure 1) to reach a data page displaying the score and the detail behind it for an article (Figure 2).