This article outlines the usage metrics measured and displayed on item pages in Figshare: views, downloads, citations, and Altmetrics.
This metric shows the number of times your Figshare item page has been viewed.
This metric shows the number of times your Figshare item has been downloaded. Regardless of whether someone has downloaded a single file or the whole fileset from your Figshare item, that will count as a single download.
Citations are measured using data from Dimensions, a research information database. This data comes from full text available from a database of over 80 million papers indexed in ReadCube from a number of sources including Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, Emerald, and more.
Citations often take a few days to appear on item pages in Figshare. Once a citation has been registered, it will automatically appear on the item page. Users can click on the citation and be taken to a Dimensions page with detailed information on where the citation(s) occurred. This does not require a Dimensions subscription or account.
Altmetric data appears on item pages where Altmetric has picked up attention. This will appear automatically without any action having to be taken by the user. Altmetrics can include attention on social media, news outlets, blogs, patents, and more. Users can click on the Altmetric donut to see where their item has received attention.
Yes, we are Make Data Count compliant.
Whilst we discount things like double clicks, we show raw counts on the landing pages and can export different levels of filtered counts to different services such as Make Data Count.
Yes, if you embed a Figshare item into a webpage, the usage statistics will count toward the overall metrics displayed on the item page.
This could be because your item has been downloaded using the API which wouldn’t contribute toward a view count. If you think there’s an issue with the usage statistics displayed on your item page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, like most citation tracking tools, Dimensions only tracks citations on DOIs.
Yes, Dimensions’ citation data covers versioned and non-versioned DOIs. Versioned DOIs have ‘.v2, .v3, etc.’ appended to the DOI string.
Dimensions extracts strings that look like DOIs from PDFs and Figshare then matches these to our records. If a DOI is a versioned DOI, both are provided to Figshare to include in the citation data.
Figshare imports citation data as parsed by Dimensions on a weekly basis; this includes both the addition of new citations and also the removal of citations that were incorrectly identified previously. This can cause the numbers on the two applications to differ slightly for brief periods of time.
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