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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2014, Vol. 30 Issue (12): 18-26    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2014.12.03
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Comparisons of Common Altmetrics Tools
Wang Rui, Hu Wenjing, Guo Wei
Lanzhou University Library, Lanzhou 730000, China
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[Objective] Compare with four popular Altmetrics tools and discuss their advantages and weaknesses. [Context] Altmetrics is an emerging metric for evaluating the impact of academic publications. It is based on interactions on social network. Altmetrics tool can track large-scale activities around academic products in online tools and social networks. [Methods] This paper analyzes the features of Altmetrics tools, including the evaluation strategy, data sources, indexing, data collection and publication. [Results] Four existing Altmetrics tools aim at different user groups. These tools differ in supporting the evaluation object, choosing source data and indexing. Users may select the appropriate tools based on their needs. [Conclusions] This study can help researchers to understand existing Altmetrics tools, and provide some guidances for using Altmetrics.

Key wordsAltmetrics tools      ImpactStory      Plum Analytics      PLoS ALMs     
Received: 18 July 2014      Published: 20 January 2015
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