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‘Altmetrics’! Can you afford to ignore it?
  1. Steffan Arthur Griffin1,
  2. Christopher W Oliver2,
  3. Andrew Murray3,4
  1. 1 University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 University of Edinburgh, Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3 Scottish Government Sport and Physical Activity Policy Team, Edinburgh, UK
  4. 4 Sports Medicine, Scottish Institute of Sport, Stirling, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Steffan Arthur Griffin, University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Edgbaston, Birmingham; steffangriffin{at}

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Number of citations, number of views, Altmetric. To be a relevant and respected researcher, and to succeed in the current ‘publish or perish’ climate, it is important to publish, and to communicate and disseminate research widely to increase its likelihood of influencing clinical and research practice. With over two million scientific articles being produced each year1 (and rising), how can you ensure your contribution is impactful?

How do we measure impact in science? Past and present

The number of citations in other published articles and ‘number of views’ has long been used as a guide to assess the impact of a paper.2 This may not be an effective ‘real-time’ measure as some impactful papers take years to generate citations. A journal’s impact factor (IF) has also been viewed as a measure of respectability and an indirect proxy of an article’s impact. However, questions arise regarding such ‘journal-level’ metrics when it comes …

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  • Contributors AM and CWO proposed the article, as well as some of the content, which was then put into an editorial format by SAG. Subsequent drafts were then edited by all authors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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