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Altmetric and ScienceOpen cooperate on REPO4EU Open Science publishing portal

By David Ellis May 16, 2023

Screenshot of Drug Repurposing Central - Open Science publishing portal
Drug Repurposing Central – Open Science publishing portal.

Tuesday 16 May 2023

Altmetric is teaming up with ScienceOpen to provide rich alternative metrics for REPO4EU’s Open Science publishing portal, Drug Repurposing Central.

Altmetric Badges on all preprints and articles will track and aggregate online attention, complementing traditional indicators of research quality and impact, in line with the EU Open Science Policy.

REPO4EU stands for Precision drug REPurpOsing For EUrope and the world. The aim of the project is to ultimately host and grow an EU industry-level online platform for drug repurposing with a global reach to move the industry from imprecise drug therapy to precision medicine. The platform will provide expertise throughout the whole value chain in drug repurposing: from freedom-to-operate analysis to intellectual property protection and business development, health technology assessment, ethics, and data governance considerations.

As a member of the REPO4EU consortium, ScienceOpen will provide the technology and run the Drug Repurposing Central publishing portal.

Stephanie Dawson, ScienceOpen CEO, says: “Open research communication must be fast and agile. Citations are one powerful metric for assessing research impact but there are many more channels and social media networks available for communication that can play an important role. We believe strongly that a platform must provide a rich context for each publication including alternative metrics.”

Altmetric, part of Digital Science, is the industry leader in tracking, measuring, and visualizing online attention around research publication. Featuring a variety of colors representing the different sources tracked, Altmetric Badges provide a unique and instantly recognizable at-a- glance summary of the attention for an individual publication. Every Altmetric Badge includes an Altmetric Attention Score, a weighted count designed to help demonstrate the level of influence of a published work, and links through to an Altmetric details page, which provides a collated record of all the original mentions of the publication.

Catherine Williams, Managing Director, Data & Analytics at Digital Science, says: “We’re excited to partner with ScienceOpen and REPO4EU on this worthy initiative, which supports open science and the translation of that science to public benefit through healthcare. Altmetric is pleased to be playing its role by demonstrating the reach, visibility, and wider influence of research to the world.”

This new implementation will help advance Open Science and promote a more comprehensive understanding of research quality and impact in drug repurposing scholarly networks, and beyond. By supporting and promoting new metrics, REPO4EU, ScienceOpen and Altmetric together play a crucial role in advancing the European Union’s Open Science Policy goals and showcasing best-practices to respond to rapidly changing demands of the digital publishing environment.

Altmetric Badge displayed on a ScienceOpen article.

About ScienceOpen

ScienceOpen is a free professional networking platform specializing in research discovery and impact. From promotional collections to full publishing capabilities, ScienceOpen provides a wide range of services to academic publishers, researchers, and users in an interactive discovery platform. ScienceOpen was founded in 2013 to propel academic communication towards the open access model.

About Altmetric

Altmetric is a leading provider of research metrics, helping everyone involved in research gauge the impact of their work. We serve diverse markets including universities, institutions, government, publishers, corporations, and those who fund research. Our powerful technology searches thousands of online sources, revealing where research is being shared and discussed. Teams can use customizable interactive dashboards to interrogate the data themselves, or get expert insights from Altmetric’s consultants. Altmetric is part of the Digital Science group, dedicated to making the research experience simpler and more productive by applying pioneering technology solutions. Find out more at and follow @altmetric on Twitter.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company working to make research more efficient. We invest in, nurture and support innovative businesses and technologies that make all parts of the research process more open and effective. Our portfolio includes admired brands Altmetric, Dimensions, Figshare, ReadCube, Symplectic, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Overleaf, Writefull, and metaphacts. We believe that together, we can help researchers make a difference. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter or on LinkedIn.


REPO4EU is building a unique platform for drug repurposing, pooling stakeholders and expertise globally to create a fully-fledged, made in Europe infrastructure for drug repurposing. This ambitious initiative brings together 28 partners from 10 countries worldwide.

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