Altmetric today announced that they have partnered with the Open Syllabus Project (OSP), an academic data-mining project at Columbia and Stanford that’s building the first empirical snapshot of what’s being taught in college classrooms.

Altmetric are now tracking data from OSP, which details where individual books are included in the syllabi of over 4,000 academic institutions globally. This unique data highlights where ~1 million books are featured in academic syllabi across institutions worldwide.

These data are combined with other altmetric indicators to provide quantitative insights that can help authors and publishers monitor the uptake and influence of their books.

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OSP’s Project Director Joe Karaganis says of the news,

“One of our main aims in launching the Open Syllabus tool was to help authors, scholars and libraries get a better understanding of where books were having an influence in the classroom. We’re really pleased to see Altmetric integrating our data into their platform, adding another level of visibility to our efforts.”

Jean Liu, Product Development Manager at Altmetric adds to this,

“In the last year, we have developed exciting new ways to showcase the online attention surrounding books and chapters. We hope that the inclusion of Open Syllabus Project syllabi data will give our users, particularly editors and authors, valuable insights into the use of books in an educational context.”

You can find out more about this news by reading the official release here.