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European Institutions Adopt Altmetric Explorer for Institutions

6th June 2017
By Katy Alexander

Our portfolio company Altmetric announce 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

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