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 are 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 to 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 to 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

Elsevier is partnering with PlumX Metrics, which capture online mentions in social media and other web-based data such as bookmarks, tweets, Facebook posts, news, and scientific blogs. PlumX Metrics have been integrated into Scopus as a quick and easy way to see the social or mainstream media mentions of a particular paper. Various journals also feature the Plum Print on ScienceDirect, and many also display the Top 10 most popular articles according to PlumX on their journal homepage.