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King’s College London to use Altmetric in REF2021 preparations

13th March 2019 , London, UK – Data science company Altmetric today announced that King’s College London , which is ranked in the top 25 universities worldwide* , will use Altmetric Explorer for Institutions to help prepare the REF2021 submission. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in higher education institutions.

Altmetric provides evidence of the attention research has received and offers a potential early indication of impact. Using the intuitive Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform, King’s will be able to monitor the online activity surrounding the academic research published by their institution and peer institutions, which can help them in their REF submission. By offering a comprehensive overview and links to where King’s research has been referenced in policy documents, patents and online media, Altmetric’s insights will help inform the compilation of new and potentially continued impact case studies.

“We’re pleased to have access to Altmetric’s rich database of data during the timeframe in which we are preparing our submission for REF2021”, said Jo Lakey, REF Delivery Director at King’s College London. “It allows us to identify links from our research outputs to policy documents, patents and online activity, such as news and blogs, which will help us prepare our impact case studies and Research Environment statements.”

Altmetric’s CEO Kathy Christian adds: “Preparations for REF2021 require a great deal of time and attention for Higher Education Institutions in the UK. Some requirements are clearly defined, but others require institutions to think outside the box. Altmetrics can provide a very valuable addition to more traditional research metrics, and we’re really excited that King’s  has chosen Altmetric to help them prepare for this important task.”

*QS World Rankings 2017/18


About Altmetric

Altmetric was founded in 2011 and has made it a mission to track and analyse 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.

Altmetric is supported by Digital Science – a technology company that combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process.

Find out more at and follow us on Twitter @altmetric.

About King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,500 staff.

King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*).

Since our foundation, King’s students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society. King’s will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service, and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world. Visit our website to find out more about Vision 2029, King’s strategic vision for the next 12 years to 2029, which will be the 200th anniversary of the founding of the university.