Altimetric data now available for @Biotropica articles (updated)

Lets get this out of the way first thing: Don’t use our journal’s impact factor as a means of judging how awesome your papers in Biotropica are relative to those you’ve published in other journals (and here is why).  Don’t get me wrong – we do pay attention to our Impact Factor at Biotropica, but because it tells us something very specific about the journal itself (though I prefer article half-life as a journal-level metric).  Instead, I encourage our our authors to consider newer, article-level measures of their paper’s impact and reach, known in the business as Altimetrics.

Today our publisher Wiley announced that it’s becoming even easier to do so, because they are adding  Altmetric data each article we publish.  The service will be available for all journals by the end of July.

Designed to track and measure the broader impact of research online,Altmetric captures article mentions across social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ as well as traditional media, online reference managers, post-publication peer-review sites, and public policy documents. Altmetric analyzes and adds context to the data for researchers, authors and editors tracking approximately 100,000 mentions a week, with some 3,000 articles covered each day.


If you are interested in how the Altimetric scores are calculated, you can read this. And remember, you can do a few things right now to make it easier for us (and you) to assess your author-level and article-level impacts:

All of this will help you quantify the impact of your articles directly, rather than indirectly (and incorrectly) using a journal level metric like the IF.