May 4, 2016

Where can I find altmetrics?

Altmetrics are available across much of the scholarly web. Here are some of the best places to start.

Free services

Altmetric It! Bookmarklet


The Altmetric It! browser bookmarklet allows readers to instantly look up altmetrics for any research online, with the click of a button. Readers not only get access to an article’s metrics, but also the underlying qualitative data to learn who’s saying what about that piece of research.


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Impactstory is a free author profile service that allows users with an ORCID identifier to find and compile their altmetrics into a single profile. Impactstory offers badges that contextualize various research metrics into easy-to-understand categories.

Publisher websites

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Publishers worldwide integrate altmetrics data into their websites, usually in one of two ways:

  1. In the form of a badge or summary visualization (seen on the right sidebar of this Biomed Central article)
  2. In general “metrics” reports that also include pageview and download information (seen here on a Science article)


Dimensions allows users to look up citations and basic altmetrics for any of the 91 million works it indexes.

 Subscription services

Altmetric Explorer



Altmetric offers its Explorer products and API for universities, funders and publishers interested in analyzing altmetrics across their entire organization. Over 5 million scholarly outputs including journal articles, books, and data are tracked and users can compare their own organizational data with that of anyone, worldwide.


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Plum Analytics offers altmetrics alongside citation metrics and usage statistics in their PlumX suite of products, aimed primarily at universities and funders.

For more information, visit the Plum Analytics website.

Last updated March 13, 2018