Measuring impact with article metrics

Researchers, funders, and institutions are increasingly interested in the impact of their work. Article-level metrics help authors to assess this by enabling you to gain a better understanding of the reach of your published research and the attention it is receiving.

On Taylor & Francis Online, authors can see their article’s number of downloads, citations (on Web of Science, CrossRef, and Scopus), and the Altmetric Attention Score.

What is the Altmetric Attention Score?

Altmetric Attention Scores are tracked and collated mentions and shares of journal articles and other outputs (such as data sets) across traditional and social media outlets, blogs, public policy documents, post-publication peer-review forums, and online reference managers.

Altmetric LLP, who provide the data, collect article-level metrics and the online conversations around articles on Taylor & Francis Online, by tracking scholarly and non-scholarly online indicators to give an indicator of digital impact and reach. “Mentions” that contain links to any version of the same article are picked up and collated. The result is the Altmetric Attention Score.

Valuable information for authors

The Altmetric data available on Taylor & Francis Online enables you to see the attention your article is getting from non-traditional sources, including:

  • Mainstream and social media
  • Public policy documents
  • Online reference managers
  • Wikipedia

You can explore the conversations around your work, and identify recent articles your peers think are interesting.

How is the Altmetric Attention Score calculated?

The Altmetric Attention Score is a weighted count of the attention that a scholarly article has received. It is derived from three main factors:

  • Volume (the score for an article rises as more people mention it)
  • Sources (each category of mention contributes a different base amount to the final score)
  • Authors (how often the author of each mention talks about scholarly articles influences the contribution of the mention)

On Taylor & Francis Online, the overall score for each article is displayed on each journal’s page under the ‘Metrics’ tab.

You can click on the Altmetric Attention Score donut to be taken to a detailed report which will show you every mention for your article across Twitter, the blogosphere, mainstream media outlets, Facebook, and Google+. You can also see demographics, so you can see which parts of the world mentions are coming from.

The ring-shaped “donut” on the article abstract page will also differ in color depending on which sources the article has mentions from – blue for Twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources, and so on.

How do I improve my article’s Altmetric Attention score?

So, now you can see your article’s Altmetric Attention Score on Taylor & Francis Online, you may be thinking “how can I improve it?” Below are some tips to try:

  1. Write a short summary of your article, describing its key outcomes in accessible language, and add it to your blog. Be sure to include a link to the Taylor & Francis abstract page for your article in the main text of your post. What’s more, you can email support@altmetric.com to check they are tracking your blog and will pick up the mention (you’ll need to provide an RSS feed for this). If you don’t have a blog, you could ask a friend or colleague who has one to post something about your article for you (sending them your summary). Find out more about the art of blogging.
  1. Tweet about your article – either through your account, or via your institution or society. Again, make sure the tweet links to your Taylor & Francis article page. Find out more about how to tweet your research.
  1. Use conferences to discuss your article with people within your field, so they can start to mention it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other networks they are a member of.
  1. Get in touch with your institution’s press office to see if their press team thinks your article is relevant for promotion to media outlets. If you do, let us know so we can highlight it too. Make sure the press office includes a link to your article in any promotional material, and encourage their media contacts to do the same.
  1. Read promoting your article for more ideas on how to draw attention to your work, and increase those mentions.

What can I do with the Altmetric Attention Score data?

Altmetric Attention Scores can be useful to researchers who are keen to build their online presence, demonstrate the broader impacts of their work, and increase their chances of receiving grant funding. To make the most of the data around your articles you might like to:

  • Use the Altmetric details page to identify coverage and wider dissemination of your research that you can evidence in CVs or funding applications.
  • See who is talking about your research – identify potential new collaborators and build relationships with key influencers.
  • Monitor other research in your field, and know how it has been received amongst a broader audience.
  • Manage your online reputation – respond to commentary about your work and actively engage with the conversation.

Get your Altmetric Attention Score on your webpage

You can also display your article’s Altmetric Attention Score (as the “donut” image) on your own webpage, blog, department webpage, or society’s webpage. It will link to the top three mentions of your article, taking readers to them. Just follow these simple instructions to embed the image. For those blogging via WordPress you can get the plugin.

Missing mentions

If you spot any mentions missing for an article, please complete this form with the relevant links.