Version 4 upgrade: Altmetrics (tracking the impact of new journal publications) embeddable in Library OneSearch

Posted on January 22, 2013


The upgraded version 4 of Library OneSearch supports the inclusion of an Altmetrics plug-in for LOS developed by Ex Libris.

Altmetrics (meaning ‘alternative metrics’) offers a different method for quantifying the impact of newly published journal articles, by tracking reference to the article in a range of social media, reference management services and online news services and blogs. Altmetrics suggests:

In growing numbers, scholars are moving their everyday work to the web. Online reference managers Zotero and Mendeley each claim to store over 40 million articles (making them substantially larger than PubMed); as many as a third of scholars are on Twitter, and a growing number tend scholarly blogs.

These new forms reflect and transmit scholarly impact: that dog-eared (but uncited) article that used to live on a shelf now lives in Mendeley, CiteULike, or Zotero–where we can see and count it. That hallway conversation about a recent finding has moved to blogs and social networks–now, we can listen in. The local genomics dataset has moved to an online repository–now, we can track it. This diverse group of activities forms a composite trace of impact far richer than any available before. We call the elements of this trace altmetrics

ALTMETRICS. 2010. ‘Altmetrics: a manifesto’. 26 October. (accessed 22 January 2013).

For articles in the Primo Central Index which contain a DOI [a Digital Object Identifier] (particulary those published from 2012-), Library OneSearch could attempt to retrieve impact data from Altmetrics, using the new plug-in.

In the Full view of a journal article record, a new Metrics tab provides access to an ‘impact summary’ (see example illustrations below):

Altmetrics display in Library OneSearch - example one

Altmetrics display in Library OneSearch - example two

Clicking on the link in the summary view will open up the full Altmetrics report on the publication in the same Library OneSearch tab (see illustration below):

Altmetrics display in Library OneSearch -  full report display

The new features available in the upgraded version 4 of Library OneSearch are under review by the Academic Liaison Team and the Library OneSearch management group. Some of these potential new features may not be approved or implemented in the live version in Library OneSearch. More details will be added to the blog as the review process concludes.

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