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

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

PlumX Metrics are incorporated into Elsevier’s world leading research products – ScopusScienceDirect, PureDigital 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 (