Sources of Attention
Altmetric track a unique range of online sources to capture the conversations relating to research outputs
Public policy documents
We track and text mine a range of public policy sources globally, looking for references to published research.
Our mainstream media tracking offers a unique insight into where a piece of research has attracted high-profile coverage from over 4,000 outlets around the world.
Online reference managers
Displayed on the details pages but not included in the Altmetric score are the number of Mendeley users who have saved the research to their library. You can view a breakdown of the demographics (location, discipline, etc) of these users on the summary tab details page.
Post-publication peer-review platforms
Also included in our coverage are evaluations of individual outputs from contributors to open post-publication peer-review forum Publons.
We currently track the 31 different language versions of Wikipedia for citations to published research, with new mentions or edits being identified automatically.
Using data from IFI CLAIMS®, we track references found in patents filed with nine international patents offices so that users can understand the global economic impacts of published research.
Open Syllabus Project
We have historical data from the Open Syllabus Project that is displayed on the details pages of individual books to showcase where those titles appear in the course syllabi of over 4,000 institutions around the world.
Our system scans a manually curated list of over 9,000 academic and non-academic blogs every day.
We provide Dimensions citations data in the Explorer for Publishers, Explorer for Institutions and on details pages for outputs that have received attention from the other sources we track. Web of Science (where licensed) citation information is also available within both Explorer platforms. Users are able to see the total citation count and 3 citing articles in the Altmetric details page for the item, and click through to view the full record.
Recommendations of individual research outputs from Faculty Opinions.
We track a range of social networks for mentions of research outputs – all of these are then displayed on the details page for complete transparency.
– Facebook (mentions on curated list of public pages only)
Historical Sources (they no longer supply an open feed):
– LinkedIn, Google+, Sina Weibo and Pinterest
Multimedia and other online platforms
We also monitor a selection of other sites and community forums:
– Q&A (stack overflow)
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