Altmetric Explorer

Use Altmetric Explorer to:

  • Browse Altmetric data for all Sheffield outputs (including at author, department or faculty level).
  • Explore the full Altmetric database of over 8 million other outputs.
  • Create custom searches and comparisons.
  • Save searches and export data for further analysis. 
  • Set-up email alerts for new activity.

Getting started with Altmetric Explorer

The Explorer is available at If your computer is connected to the University network then you will have instant access. If you are working off-campus, then first create a VPN connection. An Altmetric user account is not required to browse the data, but is required to save reports and set-up email alerts. Quickly create an account using the sign-in option at the top of the page.

Altmetric Explorer is populated with data form myPublications. If an outputs is not in myPublications, then it will not be in Explorer.

The answer to many of the most frequent questions are in the FAQs

All of the key Altmetric Explorer features are demonstrated in this short video:

Search Explorer 

When you login, you'll see the central search box at the top of the page. Here you can enter either a simple search term (such as a keyword, author name, department name, publication title, journal name, research output type, etc.) and dive into the altmetrics data right away. Click on the donuts in the search results to see the full Altmetric details pages (listing the full attention data for each research output).

Use the drop-down option in the top-right of your search results pane to change the sort order. You can show the most popular outputs or sort by date for example.

Alternatively, choose 'Advanced Search' to expand the menu and reveal additional search options, which provide ways to refine the search and drill down into the most relevant results.

By default, the explorer only shows mentions for Sheffield outputs. You can choose to view results from across the entire Altmetric database. Choose 'Full database' next to the search bar to browse everything. Select 'Your Institution Only' to return to Sheffield outputs. Any research output that has been imported from myPublications gets a small blue checkmark, indicating that it is a "verified" output. Keep an eye out for the blue ticks when searching across the entire database as they help identify Sheffield outputs.

Choose 'Save Search' in the top-right of the pane if you would like to run this again in the future. It will appear in the 'Saved Searches' panel in the left sidebar. The data in saved searches are continually updated.

Altmetric Explorer home page

Analyse your results

Explorer allows for rich altmetrics reporting, with enhanced charts of attention over time and demographic breakdown views. After running a search, click the 'Results Analysis' button on the right-hand side. The panel has four separate tabs contained within:

1. Summary tab: an interactive histogram of the mentions for your search results. Click onto a bar of the graph to see the mentions that it represents. Choose attention sources of your choice, e.g. Policy, to narrow the results. Use the date slider at the bottom to define custom periods to display.

Explorer results summary

2. Highlights tab: quickly see the most important internationally recognised media mentions for outputs in your search results. Outputs are listed in chronological order. The associated Sheffield author and any departmental affiliations are provided.

Explorer results highlights

3. Demographics tab: see the Twitter demographics map and table for your search results. A great way to get an idea of the geographic reach of your research.

Explorer results demographics

4. Mentions tab: view all the mentions for outputs in your search that occurred within a particular time period (such as all mentions that occurred during a particular week).

Explorer results mentions

Export results

Export your search results (with associated metadata) and their mention counts into a spreadsheet for further analysis. Choose 'Export results as CSV' for any search and the file download will begin. You can also select do this in the 'Results Analysis' panel.

Find outputs from your group, department or faculty

There are two ways you can easily find research outputs from your institution in the Explorer:

  1. Type the name of an author or department into the search bar on the main search page.
  2. Click on the institutions icon in the left-hand navigation bar to browse through faculties, departments and groups. â€˜View results' will take you to the main search screen, where the items that belong within that department or group will be displayed.

Create email alerts

You can set up email alerts for the research outputs that appear in your search results to be delivered to your inbox daily, weekly or monthly. Run your search in the main screen and click on 'save search'. 

Save search

Click on 'daily', 'weekly' or 'monthly' next to your saved search to set up the alert. The email summary section details of all of the attention the items in your saved search results have received to date. 

View saved searches

New mentions received in the timeframe your alert is set for (daily, weekly, or monthly) are broken down below.

Daily email