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5-Day Impact Challenge

This site contains the activities and instructions for the 2017 5-Day Impact Challenge.

  1. First, install the browser bookmarklet (visit this page and drag the “Altmetric It!” button into your browser menu bar).

  2. Graphic of the process of using the Altmetric bookmarklet. Text reads "1. Add bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar 2. Visit any paper 3. Get article level metrics with a single click"
  3. Then, find your article on the publisher’s website and click the “Altmetric it!” button. The altmetrics for your article will appear in the upper right-hand side of your browser window, in a pop-up box similar to the one below.

  4. Screenshot of the altmetric "donut" icon, a circle composed of interlocking segments in different colors. There is text below the icon describing what the different colors signify. This icon is composed of large segments of blue and yellow, with one segment each of purple and grey. It has the number 68 in the middle. Yellow indicates blogs (9), blue indicates tweets (7), purple indicates Google+ (2), and grey indicates Q&A threads (1). There is also information about Mendeley and CiteULike readers.
    Note: the article must have a DOI, PubMed ID, ArXiv ID, or Handle in order for the bookmarklet to work. If the article does have one of these, but you're still having trouble, try refreshing the page, highlighting the DOI/PubMed ID/etc. and then clicking the bookmarklet.
  6. Next, follow the “Click for more details” link in the Altmetric pop-up. You’ll be taken to a detailed report of your metrics and the underlying qualitative data. Report

This report (seen below) shows you not only the numbers, but also lets you read the individual blogs, policy documents, newspapers, and other online outlets that mention your article. The donut visualization at the top-left of the report includes a single, weighted score that attempts to sum up the attention that your work has received. Below the visualization is contextual information that shows you how the article’s metrics compare to those of articles published in the same year, journal, and so on.

A screenshot of the "Score in context" page for an article's altmetrics, linking out to the blogs, tweets, etc. that mention the article

At the bottom left-hand corner of the page, you can sign up to receive notifications whenever someone mentions your article online. The only drawback of’s notification emails is that you have to sign up for a new notification for each article. This can cause inbox mayhem if you are tracking many publications.