Assess impact before academic citations accrue
Assessment of Impact with Article-Level Metrics (ALMs)
ALMs are quantifiable measures that document the many ways in which both scientists and the general public engage with published research. Traditional metrics, which consider only citation count and journal name to assess impact, capture a narrow view of a work’s value and do so only after the accumulation of citations in academic literature.
ARTICLE LEVEL METRICS HELP TO...
Incorporate both academic and social metrics
Reflect changing influence of a work over time
ALMs track the reach, use and reuse of research outcomes – from articles and figures to datasets and code – to help guide understanding of a work’s influence
Communicate Your Impact
Feature ALMs on your public profile pages (lab website, personal blog, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, LinkedIn) to tell your article’s story to those who are interested in your work.
Let Your Funders Know
The ability to demonstrate that your research generates significant interest could help secure the advantage you need in a tight, competitive funding environment.
Raise Your Career Profile
Showcase the influence of your work when you apply for tenure and promotion or when you apply for positions outside academia—in policy, industry or elsewhere.
Discover Research That Matters
ALMs can guide you to the most important and influential work, whether for analyzing trends in a field of interest, staying abreast of recent discoveries or searching ideas for a new project.
Connect with Collaborators
Identify potential collaborators early, based upon the impact of their work and its relevance to yours. ALMs allow you to find them while they’re actively engaged in the research of interest.
Because ALMs are available shortly after publication and are continually updated, they provide a snapshot of an article’s reach at any given moment.
PLOS ALMs are calculated based on the following sources*:
*Totals may vary depending on the source’s methodology.
PLOS Journals (HTML, PDF, XML), PubMed Central (HTML, PDF)
CrossRef, Datacite, Europe PMC, PubMed Central, Scopus, Web of Science
PLOS Comments, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Wikipedia
Evaluate influence directly on each page of any PLOS article by the number of saves, citations, views and shares, or click on the metrics tab to dive deeper and learn more about how an article and its data or figures are viewed, saved, discussed and cited.
The related content tab reveals media coverage and recommended datasets, filesets or figures from related PLOS articles, all in one place.