Altmetrics tracks where published research is mentioned online, and provides tools and services to institutions, publishers, researchers, funders and other organisations to monitor this activity.

I added Altmetrics to Firefox and browsed a few journals and the metrics gathered were quite interesting, it doesn’t judge the quality of the journal but does give an indication of how “viral” it has become with mentions in social media, blogs and news outlets.

A lot of mentions tend to be associated with more shock value articles with an outraged negative slant in the blog / news post. Bad news sells!

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