Article-level metrics measure the reach and impact of scholarly research at the article level through both traditional means of citation counts, as well as newer methods such as alternative metrics or "altmetrics." Since scholarly research is becoming increasingly disseminated due to the web, article-level metrics are more relevant to a digital environment.
Citation counts, which are assessed by counting the number of times a work has been cited by another work, can be found in a number of different resources, but those counts will likely vary due to indexing differences.
To find an article's citation count in Scopus, do the following:
To find an article's citation count in Web of Science, do the following:
To find an article's citation count in Google Scholar, do the following:
Altmetrics, which are meant to complement traditional citation metrics, not replace them, measure the real-time reach and influence of scholarly research based on their online interactions. For example, page views, downloads, shares, likes or mentions whether from social media outlets like Facebook or Twitter, major media sources, blogs, or research networking sites.
The following are a few databases that offer altmetrics on articles, if available, but there are other databases that may include them as well. On the item's details page, look for a button or a colored donut icon or links that read Metrics.