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Bibliometrics and Altmetrics

This guide was created to help UNLV researchers navigate bibliometrics and altmetrics when trying to evaluate journals for publication or indicate their scholarship's impact.


Altmetrics is used to refer to "alternative metrics" and are generally article level metrics. Altmetrics attempts to fill a gap in more traditional metrics by using a wider range of sources, such as social media, news outlets, blog posts, and citation managers, in addition to citation and download counts to determine the impact (or "attention") of scholarship.

Databases, such as Scopus, now provide altmetrics as part of their index. Journals from publishers like Taylor and Francis and Wiley also incorporate altmetrics analysis for articles they publish.  Institutional repositories such as Digital Scholarship@UNLV also use altmetrics badges on their sites.

Below are resources that display and promote altmetrics.

Altmetric Explorer Pilot

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UNLV University Libraries is sponsoring a pilot of the Altmetric Explorer database. For more information on the pilot, and to offer feedback on the database, please go to the link below.

Article Level Metrics

Altmetric Resources

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