Keeping track of your research output

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After promoting your article, it is important to monitor it to see what effects your interventions have had on the discoverability and reach of your research. In addition to tracking citations, alternative metrics can be tracked to see if the research was picked up in other channels such as blogs, Twitter, news outlets, etc. You can also evaluate what tools to use for your next project, or report the impacts back to funders.

Key Steps

Traditional Metrics

Alternative Metrics

  • Article-level metrics (or alternative metrics) allow users to understand how their journal article is being used in the digital environment via downloads, page views, bookmarks, saves, blog postings, media references, and other social engagement activities. Many publisher platforms such as PLoS, ScienceDirect, and Nature Publishing Group and software tools such as the Altmetric bookmarklet or Plum Analytics provide article usage reports
  • You can track the attention a collection of your research outputs get in news media, policy documents, research blogs, Twitter, or Facebook by using Altmetrics for Institutions
  • You can also get download and viewing statistics on your outputs from repositories and social networking sites e.g. Research Repository UCD; ResearchGate;; Linkedin

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