The impact of articles and other written output can be measued by more than citation analysis.
Altmetrics are the tools and methods used to study the readership and sharing of online materials, especially material generated in digital sharing media, such as in blogs, collaborative reference managers, bookmarking exchanges and social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn and FaceBook.
These are alternative forms of publication that are inadequately represented in traditional citation counts.
In fact, the word altmetrics is derived from the term alternative metrics.
Mining the impact of this digital material could provide rich metadata beyond citation and usage counts, to include information about user context, value and perception.
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