Altmetric uses different terms to track the lifecycle associated with our Altmetric Attention Score. This is a guide to some of those terms and how they are used by Altmetric
An output is an item tracked by Altmetric as a publication. This contains many different items, including;
- Journal articles
- Books and Book Chapters
- Certain blogs
Example: My journal article is published in a journal tracked by Altmetric
A mention is what we collect that references an output. Altmetric tracks different sources of mentions
- Policy Documents
- Mainstream News
- Peer Reviews
Example: The Washington Post wrote a news story about my journal article
Attention is the general term Altmetric uses for the mentions linked to an article.
Example: My journal article has received lots of positive attention, including a mention in the Washington Post
For more information about outputs Altmetric tracks and a list of the different sources we track, you can visit this page.