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Article-level Social Sharing Metrics

Altmetric on article pagesIn fall 2013, the AMS began monitoring and collecting data on article-level metrics for selected journals using a tool provided by Altmetric. The metrics allow authors and readers to track and measure online attention surrounding selected scholarly works. The innovative Altmetric system aggregates and links to mentions of journal articles from social networking sites, blogs, reviews, mainstream news outlets, magazines, and other sources. Results are then compiled into reports that may be used by authors, researchers, readers, librarians, and publishers to analyze the societal and digital impact of these works. The implementation is consistent with the Society’s efforts to address current trends and best serve the mathematical community during this burgeoning technological era.

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The Altmetric tool has currently been integrated into four AMS journals: Journal of the American Mathematical Society, Mathematics of Computation, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, and Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. Find the Altmetric icon alongside other social network icons on article pages:

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Individual article pages within these journals now contain Altmetric icons, which, when clicked, link the user to a corresponding article details page that provides a granular breakdown of exactly where and how often the article is being shared across the web. Users can also click the “Track This Article” link on the metrics page to receive email alerts when a particular article has been shared or discussed.

More about the AMS partnership with Altmetric

“In keeping with the AMS mission, as we move into an increasingly digital era, the American Mathematical Society is committed to providing its authors and readers with the most current tools for tracking the impact of scholarly research,” said Dr. Robert M. Harington, Associate Executive Director of Publishing at the American Mathematical Society. “As the mathematical community continues to embrace online media and social channels as a means for sharing research interests, our partnership with Altmetric will allow us to provide our community with detailed article-level social metrics. Authors and readers will be able to track and quantify, in real-time, the online impact and reach of selected pieces of scholarly work. This service will be of great benefit to authors and researchers across mathematics and related disciplines.”

Altmetric founder Euan Adie also weighed in on the partnership, saying: “We’re delighted to be working with the AMS. This marks the first time we’ve delivered altmetrics for the mathematical sciences, and their expert knowledge of the field has been invaluable help.” For more information about Altmetric and how the product works, please visit

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