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Altmetric at Stirling: Demonstrate your research impact

Demonstrate attention and impact

  • Altmetric data can be used to demonstrate the attention and impact of your research, for example, in Grant applications, CVs, promotion applications, etc.
  • Click on any donut in Altmetric for Institutions to see both quantitative and qualitative data about the mentions received

      • You can filter by types of mention
      • Score in Context is particularly useful
      • Details of country coverage of twitter and Mendeley activity available
      • Click on More and Mentioned by links for further details


Keep in mind that context is important for making any numbers meaningful. Aim to contextualise information - show how your research paper has performed relative to others.

For example:

Author, A. (2015). "Title." Journal name. doi:10.000/10.100x
Listed on as being in the 96th percentile of papers published in Journal name and the 87th percentile of papers published in 2015

Highest Altmetric score (309) of any paper published in Journal Name, reflecting widespread media coverage.

International impact: this paper has been tweeted in more than 40 different countries.

Qualitative data

Qualitative data is also a good way to demonstrate attention your work has received.

    • Click on tabs to view the list of mentions by type
    • Click on headlines to read the original mention


For example:

Paper covered by more than 100 media outlets worldwide, including The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.

Recommended on 12 research blogs. Was described as "a breakthrough study on examples" by prominent genetics and evolution researcher Rosie Redfield.

Study results cited and used as the supporting evidence for a threshold recommendation in the 2014 European Food Safety Authority report: “Outcome of the peer review of bee study protocols to assess the effects of imidacloprid on bees”. This report summarised the outcomes of the EFSA consultation process with Member State experts.



Use the filters available to enable you to highlight different types of mention – use these to demonstrate:

  • Attention: e.g. Retweets, shares
  • Engagement: Analysis, discussion, reviews
  • Impact: e.g. shapes policy, influences working practices (tangible)


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