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
  • Datasets
  • 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
  • Syllabi
  • 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