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Scopus tutorial: how to view article metrics in Scopus
If available for an article, Scopus captures a variety of altmetrics using PlumX Metrics. For a full listing of each altmetric, see PlumX Metrics: The Five Categories.
- Usage: These metrics capture information about the number of clicks, downloads, or views a document has received from different sources such as EBSCO abstract views.
- Captures: These metrics capture information about whether someone wants to revisit a document by tracking things like bookmarks, favorites, etc. from different sources.
- Mentions: These metrics capture information about how a document has been mentioned outside of scholarly communication, including blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia references, etc.
- Social Media: These metrics capture information about how a document has been referenced in social media platforms through shares, likes, comments, tweets, etc.
- Citations: These metrics capture traditional citations from other items in Scopus as well as citations from sources like Clinical or Policy Citations.
Finding Altmetric data in Scopus
If available for a publication, altmetric data for publications indexed in Scopus is visible at the article-level from "View all metrics".
Advantages and limitations of Altmetric data
Known advantages of altmetric data include the ability to:
- Capture elements of societal impact.
- Complement traditional metrics.
- Offer speed and discoverability.
Known limitations of altmetric data include:
- The altmetric data available in Scopus is naturally limited to the publications indexed in Scopus.
- Altmetrics is a still-evolving field and therefore currently lacks a standard definition.
- Almetrics are time-dependent.
- Altmetric data is not normalized and has known tracking issues.