Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Bibliometric Measures in Citation-Tracking Databases: Scopus altmetric data

Scopus tutorial: how to view article metrics in Scopus

Watch the video above to learn more about Scopus Article Metrics, Scopus Tutorial: How to View Article Metrics in Scopus (YouTube video , 3:23).

PlumX Metrics

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

Some articles in Scopus have the option to use PlumX Metrics.

  • ​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". 

The 'View all metrics' button allows the Scopus user to see additional metrics-related information.

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.