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Back to school: new resources for academic institutions

Josh Clark, 3rd September 2020

With academic institutions starting back up after the summer holidays, now is a great opportunity to look for new working practices to effectively support your researchers and efficiently report on the reach and influence of your research. 

In our most recent guides, articles, case studies and webinars we have introduced methods of getting started with using altmetrics and Altmetric tools, how to make the most of our latest product updates and provided user stories from institutions across the globe. These new resources aim to provide you with helpful tips for getting started with using altmetrics in both your day-to-day tasks and strategic planning. 


Video guides to make the most of you Altmetric tools

Do you need a quick guide to using your newly acquired subscription to the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions but don’t have time to attend one of our webinars? In this 16 minute ‘Getting started with Altmetric Explorer for Institutions’ video we give an overview of navigating the Explorer, using the advanced search options, how to retrieve online attention highlights as well as how to look at the attention your publications received in detail.

If you’re interested in regularly generating reports and receiving alerts about the attention your research is receiving then check out our ‘How to save searches & create reports’ video. This 4 min video demonstrates how to perform detailed searches within the Explorer platform and how to use these searches to set up notifications for new mentions and download customizable and shareable altmetrics reports.


Insights from our users

In our case study with Queensland University of Technology we hear from Gabrielle Hayes, Liaison Librarian for the Science and Engineering Faculty (SEF), about how they are using the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions to provide reports for faculty and senior staff on the reach and wider engagement their research has been receiving. The case study also goes into how library staff are using the Explorer daily to track the influence and gather insights into the effectiveness of the promotional activity done for their publications. 

Faculty and researchers at The University of Queensland are regular users of Altmetric tools and data. In this case study, we speak to Elisha Bignall, Research Outputs and impact Librarian, about how they use the Altmetric Explorer within their library to tell a fuller story about the university’s publications and track where their research is being used and discussed. 


Catch up on our latest webinars

Do you find it challenging to provide comprehensive reporting on the influence of research your institution publishes? In the ‘Shareable reports: how to engage others in your organization’s altmetrics’ on-demand webinar we provide a step-by-step guide for how to use the Altmetric Explorer to quickly uncover where your research is attracting attention and efficiently report on the online attention for multiple outputs. 

Watch the recording of our virtual institutional workshop to hear from current altmetrics users about their experience using the data as well as updates on our latest and future product developments.

With REF 2021 on the horizon for UK institutions, in this webinar recording we demonstrate how altmetrics data can provide a picture of the trends in online mentions for your open access publications and understand how Altmetric tools can be used in your REF preparations.


Delve into the role of altmetrics in the current scholarly landscape 

Gemma Derrick, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Lancaster, gives her take on altmetrics and their role in the changing scholarly landscape and discusses the effectiveness of current and future methods of measuring research in our latest article. Gemma also gives her thoughts on how altmetrics can be used alongside traditional citation metrics and other challenges that were the focus of discussion at a recent Lis-bibliometrics event held at the University of Manchester earlier this year.

If you would like details of how Altmetric tools can support preparations for REF 2021 or want to schedule a demo please get in contact with us at

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