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Altmetrics for Researchers

Use the tabs below to learn more about Altmetrics and how to use them to help document the impact of your research

Data sharing sites

Placing the data associated with your research in an online repository is a great way to help others become aware of, and use, your research. Many kinds of data (including datasets, graphs, software scripts, videos, slide presentations, and more) can be posted to a repository. Most online repositories report back on the number of times your data has been viewed and downloaded, demonstrating its impact on other researchers.

Data Citation Index
A single point of access to research data from over 500 repositories across disciplines and around the world. The Index "provides a centralized view of data sets and studies available globally and facilitates an easy way for researchers, librarians, and funding organizations to directly access the primary material." (Description from Thomson Reuters). Provides times-cited information for the data sets and studies.

"Dryad is a nonprofit repository for data underlying the international scientific and medical literature...Dryad welcomes data files associated with any published article in the sciences or medicine, as well as software scripts and other files important to the article," such as spreadsheets, videos, photos, software code, etc. (Description from webpage). While there is no cost to researchers to download and use the data in the repository, there is a charge for submission of the data (some publishers may cover some costs). Dryad tracks and displays the number of views and downloads each data package or individual data file receives.

figshare is a free "repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner." (Description from website) Users can upload figures, images, datasets, graphs, videos, papers, datasets, posters, presentations, code and more in any subject area. The research outputs are free to use with appropriate citation. The website tracks the number of views and downloads each item receives. 

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