Altmetrics on The JAMA Network

Altmetric tracks what people are saying about papers online on behalf of publishers, authors, libraries, and institutions.

Altmetric Data

Altmetric LLP provides the data and collects article-level metrics and the online conversations around research papers by tracking a selection of online indicators (both scholarly and nonscholarly). “Mentions” that contain links to any version of the same paper are calculated, and the result is a measurement of digital impact and reach called the Altmetric score.

The Altmetric data available on the journal articles allows you to:

  • See the attention that each article is receiving in real time.
  • Explore the conversations surrounding the content.
  • Identify recent papers your peers think are interesting.
The Altmetric Score

The score is a quantitative measure of the attention that a scholarly article has received. It is derived from 3 main factors:

  1. Volume
    The score for an article rises as more people mention it.
  2. Sources
    Each category of mention contributes a different base amount to the final score.
  3. Authors
    How often the author of each mention talks about scholarly articles influences the contribution of the mention.

To view detailed Altmetric information for any JAMA Network article, simply click on the Altmetric donut (in the upper right hand corner, above “Related Content”):

Article page
Altmetric donut

The ring-shaped donut visualization will differ in color depending where the article was mentioned—blue for Twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources, etc. You can also sign up for Altmetric email notifications to receive daily alerts when a paper is mentioned online.

Missing Mentions
If you spot any mentions missing for a paper, please email with the relevant links.