Altmetric in the News

Real-time attention data provides new insights into the reach and influence of published research

6th June 2017 — London, UK — Alternative metrics provider Altmetric today announced that École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has become the latest institution to adopt the Explorer for Institutions platform to help analyse the online engagement surrounding its scholarly research outputs.

With an intuitive interface which enables users to browse, filter and report on the latest shares and mentions for over 10 million research outputs, the Explorer for Institutions platform makes it easy to identify where academic work has received mainstream or social media coverage, been referenced in public policy, or received attention from scholarly and broader audiences in places such as Wikipedia, Reddit and post-publication peer-review forums. Citation data from Scopus and Web of Science is also included where available.

EPFL joins leading institutions including Ghent University, ETH Zurich, The University of Helsinki and the International Institute of Social Studies and the Erasmus Research Institute of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam in utilising Altmetric data to better understand the reach and influence of published research.

Speaking about their decision to adopt the platform, Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL, commented “We’re very excited to implement Altmetric at our institution, since it will allow us to extend the tracking of our research output beyond classic citation metrics.”

Altmetric’s Founder Euan Adie adds, “There is an increasing recognition amongst the scholarly community for the need to look beyond academic engagement to understand the potential broader impacts of published research. We’re really pleased that institutions such as EPFL have chosen to adopt the Explorer for Institutions to help them achieve this, and look forward to working with them to integrate altmetrics into their day-to-day workflows.”

More information on Explorer for Institutions and the data offered by Altmetric is available at


About Altmetric
Altmetric was founded in 2011 and has made it a mission to track and analyze the online activity around scholarly literature. It collates what people are saying about published research outputs in sources such as the mainstream media, policy documents, social networks, blogs, and other scholarly and non-scholarly forums to provide a more robust picture of the influence and reach of scholarly work. Altmetric works with some of the biggest publishers, funders, and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format.

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About EPFL
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a technical university at the cutting edge of training, research and technology transfer ( Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, EPFL is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical universities. With more than 15,000 people on its campus it is well known for its rapid research and development, its flexibility and its capacity for innovation. It is uniquely organised to contribute to emerging new areas of scientific interest and to spectacular scientific undertakings, such as the first solar-powered aeroplane flight around the world and victory at the last America´s Cup. EPFL is also, notably, a national competence center in research for mobile information and communication systems. Its 10,000 students and over 5,800 staff come from more than 120 different countries. In addition to its main campus in Lausanne, the school has specialized campuses in Geneva (biotechnology), Sion (energy), Fribourg (construction) and Neuchâtel (microengineering). EPFL is No 1 of the top 100 universities under 50 years old (Times Higher Education Ranking).