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.

Mendeley Stats

Knowing the impact of your research can be invaluable when you’re applying for funding, seeking a new position or working towards a promotion. Mendeley Stats gives you publication readership data within days of publication. As an author, Stats helps you understand in greater detail and with greater speed how your publications are being read, shared and cited.


Citations are a well-established measure of research impact; a citation can mean recognition or validation of one's research by others. Elsevier's weekly CiteAlert service helps authors keep track of where their work is being cited.


A more immediate way to track the reach of a paper is to look into how the article is being viewed and downloaded online. Elsevier's Article Usage Alerts send corresponding authors a quarterly email linking to a dashboard of ScienceDirect usage data for the first year after publication of their article.

Mendeley Readership

Mendeley is the leading source of readership information, drawing from its global community of millions of researchers. The Scopus Mendeley Readership app shows the total number of readers who have added the paper, detailing the top three countries, subject areas and career status of readers.

Alternative Metrics

Plum Analytics’ metrics are incorporated into Elsevier’s world leading research products – Scopus, ScienceDirect and Pure, 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 5 separate categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations. Many journal homepages display the top 10 most popular articles according to PlumX social media mentions.