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This guide includes sources and tools that can be used to create comprehensive evidence of scholarly impact for promotion and/or tenure reviews, annual evaluations, and other applications.
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For guidance with the use of these tools, contact your subject librarian.


What are Altmetrics?

Altmetrics, as the name suggests, are alternative metrics to the traditional impact factor and other indices.   Altmetrics may be disseminated from a wide range of social media networks, such as blogs, Twitter, and Mendeley. 

The official definition from

"altmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship."

In terms of showing evidence of scholarly impact, using altmetrics in addition to the traditional metrics can offer a comprehensive view of one's work.  The site has more information about altmetrics, how they work, and how they can benefit your scholarly impact analysis.

Altmetric Tools

These sites include altmetric tools for determining your impact across cyberspace.

Journal-level Metric Tools

Use these to obtain data by journal, such as impact factor and h-index.



  • Access to substantive data, which can:
  • Demonstrate value
  • Present strong case for P&T
  • Increase self-awareness of impact
  • Strengthen knowledge of research productivity

Examples of Activity


  • Promotion & Tenure: data within Narrative Statement
  • Annual Reports/Program Evaluations
  • Candidate searches
  • Peer/Aspirational Institutions
  • Faculty pages on GSU department sites/CV

 Graduate Students

  • Identifying top researchers/journals in respective field
  • Identifying highly cited articles
  • Preparing for tenure-track/promotion & tenure

Article Citation Count Tools

Article-level Metric Tools

Use these tools to identify article citation counts as well as other data, such as downloads, discussions, etc.  

What can article-level metrics do for you?

Author-level Metric Tools

Use these tools to generate data by author for activity such as promotion & tenure review and candidate searches.

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