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Scholars Portal: Metric Types and Fingerprints

Metric Types

Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with research outputs online. The growth of online research and the use of social media has given rise to new metrics such as online usage, captures, article views, and social media shares. Taken together, altmetrics and traditional metrics can provide a more complete view of the impact of research. Sources of metrics in the Scholars Portal include:

**Please note: Twitter [now called X] metrics, a type of altmetric, will no longer be available as a source of metrics in the Scholars Portal.  For more information, please see the Scholars Portal announcements and updates page:

Our Almetrics guide provides alternative ways to monitor the social media impact of research output, such as adding the Altmetric Bookmarklet on an internet browser. 

Source: Elsevier Pure Academy.


A ‘Fingerprint’ of key concepts is generated based on the available text data related to a piece of content in Scholars, such as a title and abstract from a research output, research interests, or a project or award description. These concepts provide a quick snapshot of the topics a researcher has worked on or is interested in and can be used during search and filtering. On the Portal, it can also be used for finding similar researcher profiles.

Fingerprint as shown on a profile page:

Fiingerprint of Sarah Millar showing research interests in medicine and life sciences