Sources of Attention

Mainstream Media Outlets

Altmetric collects online mentions of scholarly papers from reports published in mainstream news outlets and magazines. We do this by tracking a manually-curated list of RSS feeds from news websites. We add each news source individually, and also try to get cover outlets in non-English-speaking countries. Specifically, we use 2 methods to pick up mentions of papers in the news:

  • Link recognition: Searching for a direct hyperlink to a scholarly paper in the content of a news report.
  • News Tracker mechanism: Searching the news report’s text (English only) for mentions of the scholarly paper, journal, and author(s).

Check the bottom of this page for a list of news sources that we currently track.