The Royal Society of Chemistry has integrated a new system for monitoring article-level metrics into a selection of its scientific journals.
The metrics are provided by London-based start-up Altmetric. The new service extracts online mentions of scholarly articles from social media, newspapers, blogs and other sources and collates them into reports that can be used by publishers, institutions, funders and researchers to showcase the uptake, visibility and societal impact of their articles.
This partnership between the Royal Society of Chemistry and Altmetric will enable published authors and their readers to track mentions of their articles in five journals initially: Energy & Environmental Science, Dalton Transactions, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Chemical Society Reviews and Lab on a Chip.
Individual article pages for these five journals will now have 'metrics' tabs that display the colourful Altmetric 'donut' badges. These badges indicate how much and what kind of attention each article has received. When clicked, the Altmetric badge leads into an article details page that displays the number of times the article has been mentioned in social media, newspapers, blogs, and other online sources. The conversations, discussions, and mentions themselves also appear alongside the article-level metrics.