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DRAFT: Altmetrics: Finding Altmetric Data

Altmetric Bookmarklet

The Altmetric bookmarklet is a free tool from that you can use to access altmetric data from:

And any other article with a DOI and Google Scholar friendly citation metadata.

If you are reading an article with altmetric data, you can use the Altmetric bookmarklet to:

  • Pull up the article's score
  • See an overview of the article's online mentions
  • Get a link to more in-depth information including links to the online mentions
  • Create email alerts that will notify you when an article is shared

To see the bookmarklet in action and for more information on how to install this tool, see the following video (00:45s) from

NOTE: This tool is only compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers.

Altmetrics in Scopus

Altmetric data is also available for some articles indexed in the Scopus database via Scopus Article Metrics feature:

Here's how to determine if altmetric data is available for a Scopus article:

  1. Locate the item in Scopus.
  2. Click on the article title to view the full record. 
  3. If altmetric data is available, the PlumX Metrics logo will appear on the far right of the record.
  4. Click on the downward facing arrow beside the PlumX Metrics logo to toggle open the "Plum Summary." It will look similar to this :

PlumX Metrics window showing number of citations, clicks, views, links, reads, saves, blog and news mentions, references, social media likes, shares, comments and tweets

Altmetrics in Other Resources

Many journal publishers now provide altmetric data at the article-level. For example, the journal publishers Elsevier, Nature, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley now capture this data if it is available.

The screenshot below shows the altmetrics that are available for an article published by Nature Publishing. Under the "Online attention" heading data from is shown, including the score, what percentile this score places the article in, and the number of mentions the article has received on various social media platforms, blogs, and news outlets. A written explanation describing how the article's score was determined is also listed.

Screenshot showing altmetric data for a Nature article. Full description preceeds image.