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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

Identify yourself!

Do you have a common name, or know of other researchers with a similar name? It's important to distinguish your work from theirs. Here are a couple of tools to help you make sure you get credit for all of your work:

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
Register for a free 16-digit ID number. "ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized."

Register your name here and receive a unique ResearcherID number. Create your profile and build your publication list. The Web of Science will generate up-to-date citation metrics for your publications. You can "associate" your ResearcherID number with your ORCID ID number.

Optimize discoverability of your work!

Register for a free Kudos account! "Kudos is for researchers who want assistance with increasing usage of and citations to their publications . . . Researchers register to use Kudos and are then led through various steps that prompt them to explain their publications; add context and enrich them with links to resources such as images and data; and share information about their publications via social networks and e-mail. The Kudos platform distributes the additional author-added content and links to aid discoverability of publications. Kudos also enables researchers to track the effect of their actions against a wide range of metrics. Institutional and publisher-based support tools are available."

Metrics provided by Kudos:

  • article views (where provided by participating publishers) show the number of times your publication’s abstract has been clicked on/read online at the publisher’s site
  • full text downloads (where provided by participating publishers) show the number of times your publication has been downloaded/read online from the publisher’s site
  • Altmeric score is a representation of the amount of interest your publication has attracted across news outlets and social media sites
  • share referrals show the number of visits to your publication page on the Kudos site that your sharing activities by email and social media have generated
  • Kudos views shows the total number of visits to your publication page on the Kudos site

    Citation data is not currently available, but will be added during 2014. (Description from website)


Use DOI (Digital Object Identifier) numbers!

What is a doi number?

A doi number is a unique string of numbers and letters that provides a persistent, or permanent, link to the location of a document or other item on the Internet.

Adding the doi number to the list of publications you post on your profile on many of the websites in this guide will make it easier for others to find your work.

What does a doi number look like?

How do I find the doi numbers for my articles?

You will typically find the doi number on the first page of the article, either at the top, in the header information, or at the bottom. Also, many of the Library's electronic databases (e.g. Web of Science, Compendex, PsycINFO) are beginning to include doi numbers within their article descriptions. Not every article has a doi number at present, particularly older articles. 

If you cannot locate the doi number for your article, try this website: Here you can type in, or copy and paste, elements of your article citation (such as author, title, year, etc.), and the website will attempt to locate the doi for you.

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