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Article-level metrics from Oxford University Press

Researchers, funders and institutions are increasingly concerned about the impact and return-on-investment of their work.  Article-level metrics are designed to help authors assess this by providing a better understanding of the reach of an article or published research, and the attention it is receiving online.

Oxford University Press now provides access to the number of downloads an article has received (abstract, full-text HTML, and PDF), as well as data provided by Altmetric.

Expand Close Article usage data from HighWire

Oxford University Press article-level metrics are comprised of article usage statistics from HighWire Press and data from Altmetric.

HighWire usage statistics show for each journal article the total number of:

  • abstract
  • full-text HTML
  • PDF

views per month. This usage data will be displayed in tabular form:

article level metrics

Oxford University Press journals are delivered on two varieties of platform currently: H2O and Drupal.

  • On Drupal, article-level metrics will be displayed on the ‘Information & metrics’ tab of the article view.
  • On H2O, article-level metrics will be displayed on a separate page linked-to from the ‘Services’ menu in column 2 of the article view.

Expand Close Altmetric data

The traditional methods of counting citations and downloads to measure impact misses much, not least the reception to published research amongst wider society. As a result, there has been a desire in the scholarly community to gain a better understanding of the reach and attention a paper receives beyond the academic sphere.

‘Altmetrics’, or alternative metrics, have evolved to help answer those questions by tracking and collating mentions and shares of academic research papers and other outputs (such as datasets) across traditional and social media outlets, blogs, public policy documents, post-publication peer-review forums and online reference managers.

Altmetric data is available across all articles published on the Oxford Journals platform. Visitors to the site can click on the Altmetric donut to see a detailed breakdown of the online engagement an individual article has received to date, outside of traditional biblometrics.

Altmetric LLP, who provide the data, collect article level metrics and the online conversations around research papers by tracking a selection of online indicators (both scholarly and non-scholarly) to give a measurement of digital impact and reach. ‘Mentions’ that contain links to any version of the same paper are picked up, and collated. The result is the Altmetric score.

Expand Close The Altmetric score

The score is a quantitative measure of the attention that a scholarly article has received, and is displayed in the centre of the donut icon. The score is derived from three main factors:

  • Volume: the score for an article rises as more people mention it.
  • Sources: each category of mention contributes a different base amount to the final score.
  • Authors: how often the author of each mention talks about scholarly articles influences the contribution of the mention.

The resulting score is displayed as a ‘donut’. The different coloured bands in the ring-shaped donut icon represent the various sources the article has mentions from – blue for twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources, and so on. For a more detailed breakdown of results, showing all mentions and analytics from across Twitter, the blogosphere, mainstream media outlets, Facebook, and Google+, simply click the ‘See more details’ link below the donut. By doing so users will be able to:

See the attention that each article is receiving from non-traditional sources, including;

  • mainstream and social media
  • published policy documents
  • online reference managers
  • post-publication peer-review forums
  • Explore the conversations surrounding the content
  • Identify recent papers your peers think are interesting

Online demographics are also available via this link, so users can see which parts of the world mentions are coming from.


Expand Close Altmetric for authors

Altmetrics can be useful to researchers who are keen to build their online presence, demonstrate the broader impacts of their work, and increase their chances of receiving grant funding. To make the most of the data around your articles you might like to:

  • Use the Altmetric details page to identify coverage and wider dissemination of your research that you can evidence in CVs or funding applications.
  • See who is talking about your research - identify potential new collaborators and build relationships with key influencers.
  • Monitor other research in your field, and know how it has been received amongst a broader audience. 
  • Manage your online reputation – respond to commentary about your work and actively engage with the conversation.

Additionally, you might wish to:

  • Sign up for Altmetric email alerts: You can sign up to be notified when an article receives a new mention online (don't worry – you'll only get one email a day, no matter how many mentions it gets in that day). Simply visit the Altmetric page linked from ‘Show more details’ to do so.
  • Improve your Altmetric score: Read this Altmetric blog article for some ideas and tips:
  • Add your Altmetric score to your own website: You can display your article’s Altmetric score on your personal website or blog, or on your departmental or society webpages, by following these instructions:

Expand Close Missing Altmetric mentions

If you spot any mentions missing for a paper, please use this form to report this to Altmetric, who will review your suggestions and add them where applicable. You can find more information about why some mentions may not have been picked up here