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Find out who’s talking about your funded and Open Access research

Inez van Korlaar, 15th May 2019

Introducing our latest Altmetric Explorer filters: Funders & Open Access Status. Register for our webinar on May 28th for demonstration of how this new functionality will allow users to quickly see and report on the engagement around funded research, understand the influence Open Access has on online attention and much more.

We’re very pleased to announce that today we’ve introduced some crucial new functionality to the Altmetric Explorer. Our new search and filter options will allow you to find out how and by whom research funded by a specific organization and/or published Open Access has been discussed online.

Search by funder name

Everyone who’s involved in the cycle of research funding, from staff at the funding organizations to research administrators and researchers, is required to demonstrate the impact of funded research. As citations sometimes take years to accrue, altmetrics can serve as an early indicator of impact before citations start to come in.

The Altmetric Explorer now makes it easier to find out what online engagement published research funded by a specific funder has had — as we’ve introduced a search option which allows Explorer users to use both the Advanced Search and Quick Search menus to search for specific funders (one or more at a time) by name or using the funder’s GRID ID. Funder names and data originate from our sister product Dimensions, which has a very robust collection of funder information.

Funder names for each associated research output are available within a new column of the Research Output CSV spreadsheet exports. For our API users, funders are also listed in the Research Outputs and Mentions endpoints of the Altmetric Explorer API.

Filter Open Access articles

Funders, research administrators and other people involved in research assessment are very interested in understanding how the Open Access status of research outputs influences the subsequent Altmetric attention that the outputs receive. For instance: do Open Access (OA) articles get more attention? Therefore, in the Advanced Search menu in the Altmetric Explorer, users can now tick a box to restrict the search results to “Open Access outputs only”. This will return only research outputs that have an Open Access version publicly and freely available on the web.

Whether or not a research output is OA is marked as “true” or “false” in a new column within the Research Output CSV spreadsheet exports. Open Access status is also listed in the Research Outputs and Mentions endpoints of the Altmetric Explorer API.

Try it for yourself today

The combination of our new funder and Open Access search and filter options allow for a more detailed online engagement analysis than ever before, and we hope these powerful new filter options will be of value to you. Try it for yourself today in the Altmetric Explorer.

If you would like to learn more, please join us for our launch webinar on 28th May 2019 at 3:30pm BST. During the webinar, Ben McLeish, Director of Engagement & Advocacy at Altmetric, will demonstrate how this new functionality will allow you to quickly see and report on the engagement around funded and Open Access research.

For any questions, or if you want to have a chat about how you can use the new filter options for your specific needs, please contact us and we’d be happy to help.

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