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About Altmetrics

SNUMED Research Trends(PlumX)

You can check the influence index on the number of views, downloads, references, and shares on the online (SNS, blog, Wikipedia, etc.) of research results of Seoul National University College of Medicine.



Altmetrics Q & A

Q. What is the difference between Altmetrics and Altmetric?

A. "Altmetrics" is an opposite term to the traditional journal impact index, such as Impact Factor or h-index. It measures the impact of research outcomes focusing on online use.

"Altmetric" is a kind of database that provides the influence data of a thesis with this measurement method.


Q. What are the advantages of Altmetrics?

A. Impact Factor should wait a year after publication, but Altmetrics will collect data online and update it for immediate use. As a result, researchers can immediately see the response to their research and develop research through sharing ideas with other researchers. These real-time data can be useful to new researcher or researchers who need quick feedback on my research work.

Unlike traditional indexes, which are based on units of journals and researchers, you can find out the influence based on a thesis unit and see detailed information such as which parts are shared and referred among researchers. In addition, it can also be used to develop research trends and PR strategies by analyzing which research is attractive to researchers in recent years and what channels are these studies mentioned.


Q. Altmetrics is not necessarily correct answer.

A. By using the Altmetrics, you can see what researchers are interested in and pay attention to, but this does not necessarily lead to quality of research. As a result, Altmetrics is not an alternative but a means of supplementing existing research impact indicators. Also, because academics still care about citation indexes, we recommend that using two indexes as a complement to each other(rather than using only one index).


    Where can I chek the Altmetrics?

In PlumX, we measure the impact of research based on five metrics (Usage, Capture, Mentions, Social Media, Citations). The Seoul National University Medical Library has collected data on medical college’s research using PlumX and constructed the Altmetrics index.

SNU Medical College PlumX is a platform developed for uploading your own research or for sharing your research by following other researchers. By using the Analytics service, you can see how much other researchers are interested in your research.

Altmetric is a program to calculate the influence index of a thesis. For estimating that influence index, this measures not only the number of citations(the existing impact assessment index) but also whether the research was mentioned and shared in policy reports, Wikipedia, blogs, SNS, F1000, YouTube.

CiteULike is closer to the bibliographic management program than the altmetrics tool, but it provides the function to track citation information and re-check the papers users have read.

figshare is an open repository that allows you to upload any kind of research material(such as posters, presentation files, and datasets) before the official announcement, and to gauge the impact of the research.

ImpactStory is a site that can measure the influence of research and researchers by tracking online buzz happening on Twitter, blog, media, and various other software.

PLoS Impact Explorer is a page that allows you to check Altmetric data only for articles published in PLoS, and you can check online buzz information of news, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

ResearchGate is a page developed for researchers' cooperation. In this page, researchers hare research, connect with other researchers, raise questions, and share responses. Also, they provide a service that allows you to see who has read or quoted your research.