It is good to know that:
- Social media data aggregators differ in terms of metrics they offer, data sources they cover, and research products they track, and also the methods they calculate metrics.
- In order to know which aggregator to use, first think in which specific data source (Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, etc.) you are interested to track mention of research outputs; then check which aggregator cover that specific data source; and finally it is good to know how the metrics (for instance number of tweets vs. number of Twitter users) is calculated by that aggregator.
- Adding Altmetric.it bookmarklet to internet browser enables researchers to see Altmetric Attention Scores of the article that they have opened in their browser.
- Setting Alert me about new mentions (from altmetric detailed page) enables to get an e-mail when the research output is mentioned across social media platforms that are covered by Altmetric.com.
- PlumX metrics are available for research outputs in Pure 5.14.
- It is very important to emphasize that social media metrics are mostly available for research outputs that have digital identifiers (such as DOI, PubMed ID, etc.). Research outputs without digital identifiers are not tracked by social media metrics data aggregators.