May 23, 2016


Publishers are among some of the earliest adopters of altmetrics. Here’s how they’ve used them over the years:

  • To help authors understand the reach of their publications;
  • To build recommender features, helping readers decide what to view; and
  • To help journal editors understand “the big picture” regarding attention paid to their research.

Here are some specific examples of how publishers have used altmetrics to date.

Feedback for authors: Michigan Publishing

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 3.49.14 PMMichigan Publishing saw that incorporating altmetrics data across their platforms could provide valuable feedback for their authors, as well as data that could be used to report on the reach and influence of their publishing activity internally. Beginning with the journals with the intention of expanding coverage to other outputs later on, Michigan have begun to use the Altmetric badges to track and report on the online attention their publications receive.





Recommending “trending research”: Springer Nature and Taylor & Francis

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 3.53.49 PMAltmetric data powers the innovative “trending articles” section seen on many Springer Nature journals, which helps authors and readers discover the most discussed research. Taylor & Francis offers a similar service: the #ReadMyResearch reading lists, broken out by subject area.




Editorial insights: University of Pittsburgh library publishing program

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 3.58.34 PM The University of Pittsburgh’s library-run open access publishing program is run using the Open Journal Systems platform, which connects with PlumX products to provide insights for 40+ journals’ editors. Check out this Library Publishing Coalition webinar recording for more information.