To successfully complete this metrics report template requires the use of several freely available tools, including Google Scholar, Publish or Perish, and the Altmetric bookmarklet browser add-on. Before beginning, please take some time to complete the following steps so that you have everything you need to find the data for your report.
First, you will need to create (or update) your Google Scholar profile. A Google Scholar profile is necessary in order use Publish and Perish to complete the Author Summary section of the report. It is also an integral part of collecting the citation data of journal articles, books, and book chapters. If you already have one, great! If not, please take a moment to set one up now. It is a simple and intuitive process that shouldn’t take too much time. For more information on setting up a Google Scholar profile, see this FAQ.
Next, you need to download Publish or Perish. Publish or Perish is an open-source program that uses Google Scholar data, and we rely on it to provide author-level metrics for our report. Please see the Author Summary section of this document for more information on how to link Publish or Perish to a Google Scholar profile. You can also read some of the documentation provided on their website if you are interested in learning more about this program.
Download the program using one of the following:
After finishing with Publish or Perish, you need to install the Altmetric bookmarklet tool. This will allow you to view the Altmetric Attention Score for a publication so long as 1) there is a DOI on the webpage you are viewing, and 2) the publication has an associated score (not all do). The bookmarklet is free, but you must provide your name, email address, job title, and institution, to access it. You can apply for access and read more about the bookmarklet on the Altmetric website.