Use Cases

Global Recommendations

  • Use a mix of qualitative and quantitative evidence to support your claims of influence, engagement, use, impact.
  • Present quantitative data in context and use appropriately normalized scores when possible.
  • When comparing or benchmarking quantitative evidence, be sure you are comparing like to like. For example, article metrics may need to compared to articles from the same discipline, publication year, and possibly language. Similarly, if you are comparing yourself to other faculty, consider choosing those in the same career stage and who are employed at peer institutions.
  • Choose metrics that align with the values of the institution, funding agency, or other organization to which you are applying. 

Tenure & Promotion

Researchers have added altmetrics data to their CV and included it in tenure and promotion packets. For more examples, see WhatAreAltmetrics?.

Grant Applications & Reporting

People are already sending their Impactstory profiles to their funders, and their funders are loving them.  Some are using Impactstory data to define innovative ‘pathways to impact’ for UK grants.

Tracking & Improving Engagement

Terrie Moffitt uses altmetrics tools that map attention in order to better understand how to communicate her research to stakeholders worldwide. More details are provided in this Altmetric Case Study.

Other researchers incorporate Altmetric data into their lab website and CV.

Silvia Bigatti has used a variety of metrics to demonstrate the value of her public scholarship project Your Life. Your Story., a project that supports Indianapolis Latinx teens who struggle with depression.

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