February 18, 2017

Understanding altmetrics at different aggregation levels and publication outlets

Most of the literature focused on altmetrics is centred on the understanding of these novel metrics, their relation with citation data, coverage and consistency as well as data sources1–3. While this is key to start to comprehend the potential role these indicators may play for research evaluation purposes, the great expectations they have created ask for further understanding how these indicators may represent larger aggregations of publications as well as how they may benefit traditionally neglected research outputs. This line of work, follows previous work analysing new data sources for bibliometric purposes and intends to expand on the potential uses of altmetric data.

Related publications

Torres-Salinas D, Robinson-Garcia N, Jiménez-Contreras E. Can we use altmetrics at the institutional level? A case study analysing the coverage by research areas of four Spanish universities. In: Valencia (Spain); 2016.


Thelwall M, Haustein S, Larivière V, Sugimoto CR. Do Altmetrics Work? Twitter and Ten Other Social Web Services. Bornmann L, ed. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(5):e64841. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064841
Costas R, Zahedi Z, Wouters P. Do “altmetrics” correlate with citations? Extensive comparison of altmetric indicators with citations from a multidisciplinary perspective. J Assn Inf Sci Tec. 2014;66(10):2003-2019. doi: 10.1002/asi.23309
Robinson-García N, Torres-Salinas D, Zahedi Z, Costas R. New data, new possibilities: exploring the insides of Altmetric.com. El Profesional de la Informacion. 2014;23(4):359-366. doi: 10.3145/epi.2014.jul.03