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Alternative metrics show how many times a research output has been shared, mentioned or downloaded from online sources such as social media sites, blogs, mainstream media and reference managers. This data accumulates at a faster rate compared to traditional measures.
If your research is available through Open Access, it's more likely to have alternative metrics through web sources. Adding your publication to UOW's Research Online can boost the visibility of your research.
Alternative metrics complement traditional citation-based measures and can be helpful for disciplines such as humanities and social sciences where traditional metrics may not be available, or as useful, for showing impact.
Alternative metrics have a more timely sense of use and attention related to your research whereas traditional measures can have a considerable lag between publication and citation.
Gauge the reach and influence of your work. How is your research being discussed and shared online? Who is talking about your work? Academics? The general public? Where are they from geographically?
Alternative metrics can work in conjunction with traditional measures to help build a more complete picture of impact.