WestJEM is a partner with Altmetric, an “ALTernative METRIC” that measures the social media impact of a research article. Each WestJEM article published is tracked by this service, including news outlets, reading services, Facebook posts and Twitter activity. These mentions are each assigned a weighted score that generates an Altmetric donut icon. Clicking on the icon then shows where and from which country the social media attention originated. In partnering with Altmetric, we provide authors with valuable feedback that gauges immediate impact of their work, long prior to article citation, the traditional metric of scholarly impact. In the spirit of open access to worldwide scholarship, this immediate impact factor measures widespread dissemination of research in emergency care and population health.
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