Measuring Article Impact – Introducing ALM Reports

PLOS is a leader in transforming research communication through Open Access and we are also committed to improving the evaluation of research through Article Level Metrics (ALM) that measure impact at the article (not the journal) level.

We are delighted to announce the release of ALM Reports which allow you to view and download ALMs for any set of PLOS articles as well as summarize and visualize the data using charts that reveal patterns and trends for further discussion. Read more about the tech implementation of ALM Reports by Software Developer John Callaway on the PLOS Tech Blog.

To find ALM that interest you, simply enter as many of the following search terms as you wish into the ALM Reports tool: author info; institution; funder; subject areas; date range; journal title or provide the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or PMID (PubMed ID). The resulting article list can be saved for future reference, instantly updated and shared on social media or email. We’ve also added some “best in class” categories of PLOS articles such as top cited and views, among others.

We invite the community to use this tool (which will eventually be added to journal search after further development) and consider how to integrate this new output into their research evaluation.

  • Funders and Institutions – examine the article impact of your people and projects
  • Researchers – filter which articles you should read first based on influence
  • Librarians – gain insight into which PLOS content is the most widely read and used

Tell us what you think – please share your thoughts and experiences of using this tool with us. We will use your feedback to help shape future iterations to better serve our community.

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