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What if you published ground-breaking research. Would anybody notice? How would you know they noticed? Such questions aren't just for the narcissistic mad scientists among us. What if you funded the research? You'd want to know the impact. Altmetric tracks "article level mentions". These metrics are defined by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as measuring usage, citations, social bookmarking and activity, media coverage (including blogs), ratings and discussion activity. The Altmetric API provides access to its metrics that are derived from its database of over 300,000 articles and over 8,000 journals.
London's Science Museum, founded in 1851, houses a number of historical innovations, including the oldest surviving steam locomotive, and a replica of Babbage's Difference Engine. Now, with the rollout of a new API to provide access to information about some of its exhibits, the museum itself has become an example of technological innovation.
Understanding the usage of your publications used to be easy: if it's a book, count the sales. A magazine? Count the subscriptions. An article--count the circulation of the hosting publication. If you're a librarian, just look at how many times it was checked out. For impact, count citations. The digital universe requires new tools to measure these and the Scholarly IQ API is Scholarly's app for putting them right into your application. Scholarly IQ uses SUSHI to harvest COUNTER usage statistics.