I was put off by the title on Elsevier’s blog post introducing Scopus article Metrics – To read or not to read? – I don’t think you shouldn’t read an article just because other people haven’t interacted with it in a quantifiable way. But that’s not how it’s meant – the metrics add to the info you already have from the abstract, date, journal title, etc. to help you decide if the article fits your particular information need.
Percentile bar given for various metrics – I like to quick visual aspect of this, but would want to know more about how the numbers are calculated before trusting it.
The detailed view splits metrics into Citations, Scholarly activity (Mendeley, CiteULike, etc.), Scholarly commentary (blogs, etc.), Mass media and Social activity (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.). I find this makes it much easier to get a meaningful impression from the metrics than if they were all lumped together.
Tabs in the detailed view provide easy access to links to the posts about the article which underlie the metrics. Very useful.
Overall, a promising development I’m pleased to see in one of the big databases.