Altmetric LogoAltmetric is a web-based platform that allows anyone in the Duke community to track, search, and measure the conversations about their research happening online.

Using the Altmetric Explorer, you can see who has been mentioning your work in major news sources, blogs, government policy documents, Wikipedia, and social media. Unlike other metrics, which are focused on the impact of a journal (impact factor, h-index, etc.), Altmetric tracks your research at the article level, enabling you to assess the impact of your scholarship with a higher level of granularity.

To use Duke’s access to the Altmetric Explorer, go to while on the Duke network.

What can Altmetric do for me?

  •  Explore the impact of your research beyond “traditional” journal-level metrics. See how different audiences—from fellow researchers to middle school students—are engaging with your scholarship on the open web.
  • Show funders the broad reach of an article that was produced from your grant research.
  • Manage your scholarly reputation. Keep abreast of who is talking about your research and what they are saying. Include altmetrics on your CV and professional website.
  • Compare your work to others in your field. Discover what articles at Duke are getting the most attention and work to improve the reach of your own work.

For more information on what Altmetric can do, see the FAQ.

How does Altmetric track my research?

Altmetric uses unique identifiers such as DOIs, handles, arXiv IDs, and PubMed IDs to track mentions of research outputs. If one of these links is included in a tweet, post, or new story, Altmetric will record it. Duke’s subscription to the Altmetric Explorer draws information about Duke researchers, their affiliations, and their publications from Duke’s Elements system. For your publications to be reflected in the Duke Altmetric Explorer reports, you must make sure your publications are in your Elements account (which is used to populate your Scholars@Duke profile). Altmetric Explorer updates from Elements once a week, so it may take a few days for them to appear in your Altmetric reports after you’ve added them to your Elements account.

How do I use the Altmetric Explorer?

In order to access Altmetric, you’ll need to be associated with Duke’s IP address on campus or use VPN software to access it off campus. Anyone at Duke can view Altmetric data as an anonymous user, but in order to save and track specific articles and reports, you’ll need to create an account.

To use Duke’s access to the Altmetric Explorer, go to while on the Duke network.

Screen shot of login for AltmetricAt the uppermost right corner of the screen next to the Duke University logo, if you click on the person icon you’ll see options to sign in or create an account.

Clicking on “create an account” will take you to a screen where you have the option to sign up for an account connected to Duke’s subscription. Enter your Duke email address and create a password (best not to use the same password as your NetID or other secure services). You will receive a confirmation email which provides a link to sign in for the first time.

Please see the Altmetric for Institutions video tutorials and documentation for more information on how to use this system.

You can also find Altmetric data on specific publications using the Altmetric Bookmarklet and in Elements.

Have more questions about Altmetric at Duke?



Altmetric is a service that Duke subscribes to and is currently funded as a pilot project. In order to secure future funding for to continue Duke’s subscription, we’d like to know how you’re using it. Tell us about your experience with Altmetric: