Altmetric strengthens policy-related content tracking

Posted by Misha Kidambi on 7th July 2023

Altmetric has recently made significant strides in expanding its coverage and influence by adding four additional languages for the Wikipedia mentions taking the total number of languages tracked to 35 and ten new policy-related sources to its database bringing the total to 536 unique policy sources. 

The expansion of the Wikipedia coverage has resulted in an impressive total of 122,042 new mentions being added to the Altmetric Explorer. The new languages incorporated into the platform are Swahili, Afrikaans, Egyptian Arabic, and Uzbek, with each language contributing substantially to the overall count. Swahili accounted for 16,963 mentions, while Afrikaans, Egyptian Arabic, and Uzbek recorded 34,614, 24,028, and 46,437 mentions, respectively. This expansion reflects Altmetric’s commitment to providing a more inclusive and globally relevant research impact tracking service.

In addition to broadening its language coverage, Altmetric is committed to continually growing the policy coverage and as mentioned above has just added 10 more sources, with more policy sources slated to be added in the coming months. Notable among the sources that have been added are various government departments and research institutes from around the world. Altmetric now monitors mentions from the NSW Environment and Heritage in Australia, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Nigeria, and Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) in Belgium, among others.

These additions highlight Altmetric’s commitment to meeting the demands of its diverse customer base, which includes academic institutions, researchers, funding agencies, and policymakers across the globe. Contact the Altmetric team to learn more!