Measuring an article’s impact

Article-level metrics (ALMs) quantify the reach and impact of published research.

ALMs seek to incorporate data from new sources (such as social media mentions) along with traditional measures (such as citations) to present a richer picture of how an individual article is being discussed, shared, and used. Measuring and reporting societal impact is becoming increasingly more important.

Knowing and demonstrating the impact of your research can also be invaluable when you’re applying for funding, seeking a new position or working towards a promotion. Showcasing your research impact helps you stand out and get discovered.

PlumX metrics

PlumX Metrics are incorporated into Elsevier’s world leading research products – Scopus, ScienceDirect, Pure, Digital Commons and SSRN, as well as Elsevier’s leading journal and society partner sites. PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment.

We categorize metrics into five separate categories: citations, usage, captures, mentions, and social media. Many journal homepages display the top 10 most popular articles according to PlumX social media metrics.

PlumX Metrics come from over 50 different sources (

You can find PlumX Metrics for free for research output with a DOI by using this URL: (paste the DOI after the “=” sign).

Mendeley Impact

As a published author, Mendeley Impact provides you with a unique, connected view of how your published articles are performing in terms of citations, how many Mendeley users have read your articles, views of the articles you have published in an Elsevier publication, your h-index and media mentions. Having this view helps you to evaluate and demonstrate your research impact.

Impact is part of Mendeley's Showcase profiles. It connects with Mendeley Reference Manager, ORCID and Scopus to help you track your impact and promote your publications, as well as other research outputs you upload. It also allows you to advertise your research interests and expertise, gives you the tools to discover new information, and helps you find collaborators (or get found by others!) for new opportunities.

Mendeley Impact is an Elsevier service for authors, but is not limited to Elsevier publications. Based on Scopus, it also provides citation information for articles published with other publishers.

Visit your profile and view your Impact.

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Your Impact page

This is a sample screenshot of a Mendeley Impact page:

Mendeley Impact image

To access your personal Impact page, just click here. Impact allows you to see how your work is being used by the scientific community, using data from a number of sources including Scopus, ScienceDirect, Mendeley and NewsFlo.

Impact delivers your publication readership data within days of publication. As an author, it helps you understand in greater detail and with greater speed how your publications are being read, shared, cited and mentioned in the media. This service is available to anyone who has published and whose publication is indexed in Scopus.

How it works

Connecting the power of Scopus, ScienceDirect, Mendeley and Newsflo Impact showcases citation and usage data about all your publications. These data sources give you the most complete picture possible of the global impact your output is having:

  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database, representing 5,000 publishers and delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.
  • ScienceDirect is home to almost 16% of the world's peer-reviewed, full-text scientific, technical and medical content.
  • Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that helps you organize your documents, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research in your field.
  • Newsflo lets researchers know when they or their articles are mentioned in +55k public sources and +100k subscribed general media clustered around topics.

Elsevier has combined the content, technology and researcher networks of these resources to create your personal dashboard, providing a new, more visual way for you to view citation and exposure data about your publications.

Once you have accessed your Impact page for the first time, you'll receive frequent update emails to notify you about updated metrics. New publications will be added automatically as you publish them.

You can check your personal Impact page at any time. Make sure your Scopus profile includes all your articles, so you can easily monitor their impact.


If you have an existing account with ScienceDirectScopus or any other Elsevier product, you can use those credentials to sign in.

You have the choice to share your articles only via the social media buttons at the bottom of each article’s metrics page or via the Mendeley network.

See also Elsevier’s privacy policy.


Check out these answers to frequently asked questions about Mendeley Showcase profiles, including Impact.