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Alternative Metrics

This guides provide an introduction and overview of alternative metrics and how to use the tool Altmetric Explorer.

Improve your altmetrics score

To improve your score, you need to create an online presence and share information about your work and your scholarly outputs online.

  • Blog
    Blog about your scholarly work. Your UVic netlink ID gives you access to create blogs, portfolios and websites through our Wordpress instance, the Online Academic Community (OAC). Get started with OAC or take a workshop on personal websites with Wordpress from UVic Libraries.
  • Tweet
    Become active on social media and share links to your scholarly work. Always link to the page that includes your work's unique identifier.
  • Deposit your work in an institutional or subject repository
    Deposit your work in the University of Victoria institutional repository UVicSpace, or a subject-specific repository such as arXiv or SSRN so users can access open access versions and find your work on Google Scholar. Learn more about UVicSpace.

  • Register for researcher IDs
    Register for IDs such as ORCID and Publons (ResearcherID), and keep your list of publications up-to-date so others can discover your work. Get started with ORCID at UVic.
  • Write a lay summary of your work
    Write a summary of your work intended for a public and non-academic audience and pitch it to the Conversation Canada, a local news outlet, or a practitioner focused publication. Contact the communications officer who supports your faculty or research centre or connect with Media Relations at for tips and guidance on writing for a non-academic audience.
  • Make all your research outputs available online
    Make all your research outputs, including data, code, videos and presentations, available online by using on content hosting tools such as Figshare, Dryad, YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare, SourceForge or GitHub.
  • Use social networks for scholars
    Create a profile and add your publication list to social networking sites for scholars, such as, ResearchGate and Mendeley.

Follow these tips on how to attract attention to your research.


When sharing research online, there are a few best practices to keep in mind so Altmetric Explorer can track the conversations and engagement happening around your research.

This infographic gives a brief introduction to tracking, with links to additional resources.

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