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This guide will help you understand "alternative metrics" and how they measure the reach of a scholarly work.

Altmetrics in EAGLEsearch

On the EAGLEsearch search results page, you might see altmetrics scores by Altmetric, Scopus, or Web of Science.


In 2016 altmetrics became available in EAGLEsearch. If available, search results in EAGLEsearch will show an Altmetric score.  Hovering over this button (see below) shows more detailed counts. This same information can be displayed by expanding the "More information..." section. You can click through to see the complete altmetrics details page.


Summon Altmetrics


If the article is indexed in Scopus, Summon will display a score. Scopus uses its own method to weigh the sources but it includes "citations, scholarly activity, scholarly commentary, mass media and social activity" to determine the score. Summon does not offer a way to see the details, users must visit Scopus and search for the article there to view them.

Web of Science

Web of Science gives a simple unweighted score for articles it indexes. The score represents the number of times the article was cited in the Web of Science Core Collection. Click on the score to view a list of citing articles in Web of Science.