The Journal of Altmetrics is an Open Access, international, peer reviewed journal in the area of alternative metrics (i.e. altmetrics). The mission of the journal is to advance our understanding of the influence of altmetrics on the development of impact indicators and/or their ability to compliment or predict traditional metrics. The journal welcomes manuscripts that present original research pertaining to the study of institutions, countries, research areas and scientists as they emerge from Altmetric data. The journal also welcomes submissions of original research related to the effects of altmetrics on other related fields such as bibliometrics and scientometrics and includes comparative studies of such measures. In addition, the journal solicits original papers exploring scholarly attitudes towards altmetrics, exploring academic utilization of social media for awareness, communications and collaborations purposes. Theories, frameworks, motivation studies of altmetrics and textual analyses of scholarly social media posts are also welcome. We also welcome student papers and accepted conference abstracts. We encourage students to publish their work, e.g. originating from practice-based research, which will be subject to constructive peer review process.