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Scholarly Impact Tools: Tools

This guide includes bibliometric and altmetric tools that may be used to create comprehensive evidence of scholarly impact for promotion and/or tenure reviews, annual evaluations, and other applications.

Scholarly Impact

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 and how they can benefit your scholarly impact analysis.

Check out #altmetrics for the latest conversations and research.

Altmetric Tools

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

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
  • Creating early impact by publishing as a graduate student
  • Preparing for tenure-track/promotion & tenure

Author-level Metric Tools

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

Article-level Metric Tools

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

What can article-level metrics do for you?

Subject Guide

Brenna Helmstutler
Website / Blog Page
Social:Twitter Page

Journal-level Metric Tools

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

Article Citation Count Tools

Use these for basic counts of the number of times an article has been cited.