May 22, 2022

Altmetrics: PLOS Adds Context to the Article-Level Metrics They Provide

From the PLOS Blog:

We are pleased to announce the first iteration of Relative Metrics (Beta) to provide much needed context to our existing suite of ALMs. We invite the community to consider how to integrate the additional insight that they provide into their research analysis and assessment.


Please use responsibly! In any rapidly emerging field, the rules of engagement continually change so making sense of the information requires care. This is particularly true when comparing one field with another (where different behavior patterns frequently exist) or between articles that have just been published (interest peaks) with those that have been published for a while (interest may level off) or content that was published many years ago (lower online reading patterns) compared with today (more online reading).

These new ALM features are the first deliverables in a year-long program of Relative Metrics innovations so please look out for further announcements. We welcome your feedback on this new functionality which we will use to help shape future releases.

The Complete PLOS Blog Post Includes Screenshots and Explanation

See Also: Article-Level Metrics Information (via PLOS)

See Also: Here’s a PLOS One Article. Click the “Metrics” Button Below Author(s) Name(s).

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