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DiscoverUR Search Tips (River Campus Libraries)

Guide to DiscoverUR organization and features.

What are Altmetrics?


The University of Rochester Libraries have access to altmetric data for some items in DiscoverUR. Altmetrics (short for alternative metrics) guage the impact of scholarly works by measuring online reader behaviors, network interactions with content, and uses on social media. 

To view altmetrics for articles within discoverUR, click on the title of the article from the result list.

Then, scroll down to the altmetrics section.

For even more, click on the atmetric score link to view the complete set of altmetrics data for the article at 


Altmetric Details Page

You'll see a summary with geographic and demographic breakdowns as well as tabs for each type of referring source (news, blogs, etc.). 

On each tab, you will see the most-recent four references, with links to their original contexts. Earlier references are counted in the data, but not shown.


Altmetric Score

Altmetric weighted score

For more details about Altmetric's weighting system, please see their Attention Score webpage.

Altmetric Bookmarklet

To see Altmetric data outside of Articles & Books, a free Altmetric bookmarklet is available as a plug-in for Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. When viewing information about a scholarly article in PubMed, ArXiv, or on a webpage containing the article's DOI, click the bookmarklet to see if any Altmetric data is available.


If you have a problem using the bookmarklet that is not addressed on the installation page, Alltmetric also maintains a Bookmarklet FAQ.