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Scholarly Communication Services at WSU: Altmetics: Alternative Impact Metrics

This guide is designed to increase awareness of significant issues associated with scholarly communication. It also presents resources for WSU researchers who wish to explore alternative avenues for sharing their scholarly work with a global audience.

Altmetrics Defined

Altmetrics are alternative metrics for calculating the impact of scholarly work. They are designed to take into account other modes of communication about scholarship--not just traditional citations but also tweets, blog posts, online reviews, shares, and so on. Altmetrics can help you demonstrate the impact of your work online, where conversations may be taking place long before citations appear in traditional publications. This section presents tools that you can use to collect altmetrics about your scholarly work.

Altmetrics Tools

Altmetrics on Twitter

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