‘Altmetrics’! Can you afford to ignore it?

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Altmetrics is a metric that quantifies the ‘attention’ an article receives amongst a multitude of online sources, including social media, mainstream news, and blogs. A score primarily consists of the number of views, discussions on social and mass media, citations, as well as any ‘saving’ in citation managers, among other inputs. An algorithm subsequently produces a weighted score that corresponds to the real-time ‘reach’ and attention that an article is receiving. A ‘donut’ is produced that represents this, with individual colours representing different platforms, providing a visual representation of an article’s dissemination. This editorial illustrates the highest scoring top ten papers from the British Journal of Sports Medicine and recommends wider useage of almetric scoring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Early online date22 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Aug 2017


  • altmetric
  • journal impact factor
  • sports medicine
  • journal
  • physical activity


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