« Understanding the impact of research is of vital importance to science. The altmetrics movement is defined by its belief that research impact is best measured by diverse real time data about how a research artifact is being used and discussed. These metrics serve as “alternatives” to solely relying on traditional shorthand assessments like citation counts and Journal Impact Factor.
PLOS was an early adopter and advocate of these metrics, with its internally-developed Article Level Metrics (ALM) platform among the earliest implementations to launch in 2009. (…) »