Altmetrics - Increase your visibility and impact!

Altmetrics measure the impact of scholarly content. It is based on how far and wide it travels through the social Web (e.g. Twitter), social bookmarking (e.g. CiteULike), news, and collaboration tools (e.g. Mendeley). They offer alternative metrics to the more traditional ones such as Impact factor and H-Index.



If you need assistance with increasing your research visibility, creating a researcher profile, or understanding the impact of your research you may contact our Faculty Librarians or the Research Support Librarians.


Tools to increase your visibility


  • Register for an ORCID ID.
  • Link all your publications with one unique persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.
  • Research outputs uploaded to the NWU-IR (Boloka) are automatically pushed to the author's ORCID record.
  • You can add all your other publications through Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science.
  • Link your ORCID account to every research item you publish so people can easily track or locate your other research outputs.


Google Scholar Citations Citations Profile


Social Media Social Media

  • Share your research with a wider audience on social media platforms so it can be viewed, shared, liked, downloaded and discussed.
  • If a publisher's policy does not allow the sharing of a full-text article, you can still provide a summary and link it to the original publication.
  • Create an account on the most frequently used social media platforms: LinkedIn,, ResearchGate, SlideShare, Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, etc.


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  • Figshare is an online repository where users can make their research outputs available.
  • You can upload any file format to be previewed in the browser, from posters, presentations, datasets, and codes.
  • Data can be shared privately with collaborators to comply with funder and publisher mandates, or made public in the name of open research.
  • Open up your research so new audiences can find, share and cite it.
  • All research outputs made public receive a DOI making them citable with the most liberal Creative Commons license where possible.


Tools to track your online research activity


  • Impactstory is a web-based tool you can use to discover the online impact of your research.
  • To login, use your ORCID or Twitter account.
  • Impactstory generates data from twitter, blogs, news outlets and other online sources which it displays in a single report for your convenience


Bookmarklet Bookmarklet for Researchers

  • Researchers can install Bookmarklet for free.
  • It enables you to instantly see Altmetric data for any of your published research output with a DOI.


Bookmarklet Badges for Individual Researchers

  • Individual Researchers can embed badges for free.
  • Get a summary of the online attention surrounding your work.
  • It can demonstrate the reach of your work to your profile visitors and it is a great method for showcasing the reach of your work.
  • To do so, add Almetrics badges to your personal website or online CV.


Altmetrics from Scopus

  • Scopus captures the altmetric data of an article indexed on Scopus. It can be found in the abstract view of an article, below the Related Documents box in the right-hand column. Click here for instructions on how to find Altmetrics on Scopus.
  • Altmetrics from Scopus will only appear when data is available.
  • Scopus captures the following data:
    • total number of times popular media mentions the article
    • total number of mentions of an article in a blog, Tweets, or other social media posts
    • citation impact as compared to articles of similar subjects
    • if or when it is added to Mendeley library
    • mentions in Wikipedia articles