Thank you to the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh for allowing the adaptation of their Altmetrics LibGuide.
A beamplot shows the volume and citation impact of an individual’s publication portfolio through time. Each paper’s citation count is normalized (i.e., benchmarked against other similar publications from the same discipline) and measured as a percentile. It is also not necessarily biased against individuals who have taken a career break or published less at any given time.
Beamplots show the underlying data on a paper-by-paper basis and provide a picture of performance over time. Seeing the data in this way puts a researcher’s publications into a context suitable for comparison and unpacks the citation performance of their publication portfolio.
Each dot on the beamplot represents a publication and its position corresponds to its year of publication and its normalized citation percentile score (0-100). A score of 90 means that paper is among the top 10% most cited publications of the same year, publication type (article or review) and subject area (e.g., applied physics). A score over 50 indicates above average citation performance.