Altmetric in the News

27 January 2015 – London, UK – Altmetric LLP announce today that over 20 world-leading research institutions have now adopted the Altmetric for Institutions analytics platform to monitor and report on the engagement and attention surrounding their research outputs.

First launched in June 2014, the platform aggregates mentions of an institutions’ output from a number of non-traditional sources including public policy documents, mainstream and social media, post-publication peer-review and online reference managers.

Juergen Wastl, Head of Research Information and lead for the Altmetric for Institutions implementation at the University of Cambridge, comments, “The altmetrics data and reporting functionality provided by this platform enable us to track the influence of our work on public policy”, he continues, “this is incredibly useful insight into the real world application and value of our research outputs which we were previously unable to track.”

Representatives from the University of Manchester, ETH Zurich and the University of South Australia, who are also rolling out the platform to their faculty, agree.

Sue Mikilewicz, Director of Business Intelligence and Planning at the University of South Australia, adds, “A key benefit of the Altmetric platform is that it allows us to monitor the impact of our research – this includes non-traditional outputs such as policy papers, reports and creative works. We can also use Altmetric to monitor the effectiveness of our open access policy and our institutional repository – making it a very useful cross-departmental tool that will help to inform university-wide strategies and investment”.

The platform is also providing valuable insight for non-academic research institutes. Jose De Buerba, Senior Publishing Officer and Head of Marketing at World Bank Group Publications at the World Bank Group, says that the Altmetric for Institutions tool will help them to “understand the broader development impact generated as a result of our own knowledge outputs, many of which are in the form of annual policy reports, books, journal articles and grey literature, whilst at the same time enabling us to track citations and mentions in public policy documents”.

About Altmetric LLP

Altmetric is a data science company that collates online mentions of institutional outputs to enable institutions and faculty to monitor online engagement around research, assess impact in non-traditional sources like policy documents and mainstream news, report on impact at the institutional, individual and departmental levels, and benchmark against competitors in the field. Visit http://www.altmetric.com for more information.

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1209 and based in Cambridge, UK, the University is run on a collegiate system made up of 31 colleges. Incorporating over 100 academic departments, faculties, institutes and research centers, the University is a leader in academic research and one of the top ranked research institutions in the world. Visit http://www.cam.ac.uk/for more information.

About the University of South Australia

A public institution in the state of South Australia, the University was formed in 1991. The university has over 33,000 students, more than 10,000 of whom are international. The youngest Australian institution to be named in the top 50 of 2013 The Times Higher Education’s Top 100 global universities aged under 50, the university is also South Australia’s largest academic research institution. Visit http://www.unisa.edu.au/ for more information.

About the World Bank

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the bank is a unique partnership formed to reduce poverty and support development. Comprised of five institutions managed by their member countries, the World Bank has more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. Visithttp://www.worldbank.org/ for more information.

For more information please contact:

Catherine Chimes, Head of Marketing & Customer Relations, Altmetric
cat@altmetric.com