Altmetric donut: view altmetrics for your outputs

The mentions, likes and shares for a particular output are represented as an Altmetric donut. The donut itself is made up of different colours, which represent different types of attention for the output. The more colours appear in the donut the more types of outputs have recorded attention about the output. 

Many publishers and repositories now include the donut on their webpages, so that anyone can see the attention a particular output has received and engage with the conversation. The easiest place that Sheffield researchers can see the Altmetric donut for all of their outputs is in myPublications – there is an Altmetric donut against every record.

No matter where you see the donut, just click on it to access the Altmetric Details Page, which collates all of the attention and activity tracked for an output. Since the University has a subscription to Altmetric, provided you are on the University network (or using a VPN) then you will be able to access all of the data.

Learn more by watching the short video.

 The answer to many of the most frequent questions are in the FAQs

The details page has a few components:

  • On the left-hand side the Altmetric donut contains the Altmetric Attention Score.  The donut itself is made up of different colours, which represent different types of attention for the output. The more colours appear in the donut the more types of outputs have recorded attention about the output. 
  • The Mentioned by list beneath the donut provides a snapshot of the current attention associated with the output. It shows the number of mentions or readers for every type of attention that has been received so far. 
  • Summary contains general information regarding the output and provides demographics data for Twitter and Mendeley users of the research (where applicable) and the 'score in context' tab shows how the level of attention compares to other outputs published around the same time, or in the same journal.
  • Each type of attention has its own tab. The tab is created once attention has been seen. 

Details page - summary

The mentions are sorted by time, with the most recent mention being at the top. Click on the mentions to read the full news stories, blogs, etc.

Details page - Twitter

You can set up email alerts to tell you when an article has been mentioned by clicking on the "alert me when this output is mentioned" button. Whether it is your paper, or simply an item of interest, anyone can stay up to date on any output tracked by Altmetric. They will only send you a maximum of one email a day.

If you notice there is attention missing from your output, the details page also includes a help section with a link to a form you can use for submitting missed mentions. This mentions are processed by Altmetric staff and, as appropriate, will be added manually to the details page. 

Books details pages 

Details pages for books look slightly different, and where possible show the cover page of the book being tracked. If the book also has chapter level identifiers (e.g. DOI), then the page will include a table of contents; book overview, which displays all of the attention collected for the book; and links to book chapter details pages that display all attention paid to a specific chapter.