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Altmetrics are article level metrics that complement traditional metrics as a way of gauging attention (both academic and non-academic). They are harvested from news outlets, reference managers, social media and blogs, to name a few. Altmetrics measure public attention, not quality. People pay attention to papers for all sorts of reasons, not all of them positive.
The most common tool for calculating Altmetrics is...