Altmetric badges allow you to add altmetrics data to your content with a minimum of fuss and technical effort – all you need to do is add two lines of code to your HTML. We host the altmetrics data that your readers will see, but give you control over their presentation.
The process involves three essential steps:
Ensure Altmetric tracks your domain
Ensure you have scholarly identifiers and metadata on each of your article page
Add the badge code to your pages
1. Ensure Altmetric tracks your domain
To properly track your content, we need to know the domain names on which you’ll be using the badges: e.g. stmpublisher.com, repository.university.edu.
For publishers: if any journals on your platform have their own custom domains, e.g., myjournal.com, please tell us about those too by contacting us .
2. Ensure you have scholarly identifiers and metadata on each of your article page
In order to disambiguate mentions of articles, we look for identifiers such as DOIs, PubMed IDs and arXiv IDs in your content. If the research outputs are hosted on your own website, to make sure we can track each of the publications, you’ll need to have scholarly identifiers assigned to them. You’ll also need to make sure that each research output has its own landing page.
You can find the list of the scholarly identifiers we support here.
Metadata and meta-tags
Once each research output has been assigned a scholarly identifier, you’ll need to add metadata to each research output landing page, in their header.
To ensure we can do this easily, it helps if you follow Google Scholar’s “Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters” specifically adding meta-tags with DOIs or PubMed IDs.
Examples of the most common meta-tags for scholarly identifiers:
<meta name="citation_doi" content="10.1234/journal123">
<meta name="citation_pmid" content="1234">
<meta name="citation_arxiv_id" content="12345">
<div class="altmetric-embed" data-handle="10255/dryad.40269"></div>
We also look for meta-tags specific to certain repository software such as Bepress like so:
<meta name="bepress_citation_doi" content="10.1234/journal123">
And, if your platform doesn’t allow you to specify data- attributes, you can also use CSS classes instead like so:
<div class="altmetric-embed altmetric-badge-type-donut altmetric-badge-popover-left altmetric-doi-10.5339/connect.2012.9"></div>
3. Add the badge code to your pages
You can find complete instructions on using our embeddable badge code and an interactive tool to build your own snippet here. You will need a password to access this page and this will be provided during your implementation once you have licensed the badges.
What if I want a richer integration and access to the underlying data?
If you want to develop against the raw Altmetric API rather than using the embeddable badges then please get in touch with us to request an API key.