Overview

Altmetric collects attention data for outputs that have been mentioned online across a range of sources. As items in the Altmetric database are not organized by institution, we can integrate with third party systems or allow for a manual CSV upload in order to set up your institutional version of Explorer for Institutions, with outputs produced by your own authors and departments.

We will then populate Explorer for Institutions by linking your set of publications, authors and departments with the scholarly publications already tracked in the Altmetric database. This enables you to browse the altmetrics of your institutional outputs by your institutional authors and departments.

Connecting to your Research Information Management System

Implementation involves granting API access to Altmetric, so that Explorer for Institutions can be automatically populated with the relevant publication, author and departmental data.

Symplectic Elements

If your institution uses Symplectic Elements, Altmetric is able to easily provide a seamless link between Elements and Explorer for Institutions. Currently, Altmetric can connect to Symplectic Elements v5.5, or above.

Instructions are detailed below on establishing the connection between Explorer for Institutions and your instance of Symplectic Elements.

Administrator instructions for Elements

Please follow the instructions below to set up your Elements API for Altmetric.

Open a port

You’ll first need to open a port in your firewall to allow access to your Elements API, to do this you’ll need to find an available port.

To see the ports currently in use run this from a command line:

netstat -an | find /i "listening"

Assign an SSL certificate

Next you’ll need to take the thumbprint and assign a valid SSL certificate to your chosen port. Replace the <port number> and <thumbprint> before running this from a command line:

netsh http add sslcert ipport=0.0.0.0:<port number> certhash=<thumbprint> appid={00112233-4455-6677-8899-AABBCCDDEEFF}

Run this to see if your port is now listed:

netsh http show sslcert

Important

Whilst Altmetric does not require Elements to be accessed over SSL it’s highly recommended that it is. Using SSL is a good way to ensure your data is sent securely to our servers, without SSL we will pull your data across the network in plain text. Note that even without SSL, no sensitive employee information is ever sent to Altmetric.

Add API endpoint

Next you’ll need to add an API endpoint. System administrators can configure the Elements API in the Manage API area under System Admin.

Add a new API endpoint on the API Endpoints page with the following details:

  • Compatibility: Standard 4.9

  • Scheme: HTTPS (Secure)

  • Port: as set up above

  • Path: for example: elements-api-altmetric

This will create an endpoint with address like: https://<host>:<port number>/elements-api-altmetric.

Ensure that it is enabled and then update the page.

Add Altmetric as external system with allowed access

Add Altmetric’s required IP ranges on the API Configuration page:

Current
  • Staging: 52.208.189.116

  • Production: 52.19.52.138

Legacy
  • Live: 164.132.63.174

  • Staging: 51.254.16.223

Hint

Adding both IP ranges to your Elements production instance allows us to test your import via our staging (development) server and then launch on our live server.

Add an API Account for Altmetric

Set up login credentials for Altmetric. Add a new API account for Altmetric to be able to connect to the API endpoint using credentials:

  • Username : altmetric

  • Password : [set to a secure password]

  • Account rights : none

Make sure you set the password to something secure.

Restart API under Scheduled Jobs .

Send Altmetric your API details and credentials

Once you have enabled access to your Symplectic Elements API endpoint (and provided access for both live and staging servers), please securely send the following to your Engagement Manager:

  • The API endpoint you set up

  • The login credentials

You will hear back from your Engagement Manager about whether or not the connection with your Symplectic Elements API endpoint, was successful. Once the connection has been confirmed to be successful, we will schedule your implementation in order to begin pulling in your publications data from Symplectic Elements.

Object privacy settings for Elements

In version 6.2, Symplectic introduced a more extensive privacy framework that allowed objects/items to be set as private , internal or public. The integration we have with Elements can be configured to apply these same familiar privacy concepts to your Explorer for Institutions giving you full control of how your data is shared with us.

You can read more about object privacy for Element 6.2 and above here.

Synchronizing objects based on their privacy level is available at the following restrictive levels:

  • Public - We will only import public user profiles, research outputs and relationships

  • Public and Internal - We will only import public and internal user profiles, research outputs and relationships

Objects and relationships that are set as Private won’t ever appear in the Explorer.

Your Engagement Manager will discuss these configuration options with during onboarding. If you’re an existing Altmetric customer and would like to customize your existing configuration settings please contact support@altmetric.com.

Important

  • Changes to your Explorer for Institutions configuration will trigger a reset and full import of your Elements data. Depending on the size of your institution it may take several days to complete.

Warning

If you’re using a version of Elements prior to 6.2 all objects except private relationships will be imported. For information on data privacy in Elements prior to v6.2 please see:

User status and user profile type settings

As well as being able to choose what object privacy levels are synchronized with their Explorer for Institutions instance, customers have additional options to filter users depending on their status and user profile type.

Importing users based on status

Symplectic Elements includes an option to set user profiles as Current (i.e. currently affiliated with the organization; this status can include both academic and non-academic users).

Explorer for Institutions can be configured to either:

  • Import All users

  • Only import Current users

Importing users based on profile type

Symplectic Elements includes an option to assign specific types to user profiles, depending on their role in the institution.

The available profile types are:

  • Academic : Excludes all users with non-academic profiles (e.g. admin staff). When a user is marked as Academic, Elements is set to automatically retrieve their publication data from external sources

  • Student : Excludes Academic users and any other non-academic profiles (e.g. admin staff)

In some instances, users may be assigned to both these types, or to neither (e.g. admin staff).

Importing users based on their profile type can be configured to:

  • Import All users

  • Only import users that are set as Academic or Student

  • Import Academic users only

Important

  • User status, profile type and privacy level settings work in combination. For example:

    • If Current users and Academic users are both selected, only those users that are both current and academic will be imported (as opposed to importing all current users, and in addition all academic users separately)

    • If Current users, Academic users and the Public privacy setting are all selected, only those users that are both current and academic, and marked as Public, will be imported

  • Changes to your Explorer for Institutions configuration will trigger a reset and full import of your Elements data. Depending on the size of your institution it may take several days to complete.

Your Engagement Manager will discuss these configuration options with during onboarding. If you’re an existing Altmetric customer and would like to customize your existing configuration settings please contact support@altmetric.com.

Email notifications

We provide all our Elements customers with the option to receive an email notification (sent to one or more email addresses) on the completion of an import. If you’d like to be informed once an import has completed please provide your Engagement Manager with the email addresses and we’ll make the necessary configuration changes.

Post synchronization clean-up

To complement the above privacy configuration, we also provide you with additional clean-up options on how we should handle orphaned objects after the sync completes.

Research outputs

After the import completes you have the option to either;

  • Leave any orphaned publications visible in the Explorer

  • Remove all publications from the Explorer where there are no associated authors in Elements

  • Remove all publications from the Explorer where there are no associated authors in Elements and where publications are left authorless as a result of your privacy settings

Pure

Altmetric can integrate with Pure in order to set up your institutional edition of Explorer for Institutions, allowing you to view your institution’s publication outputs, authors, and departments within the Explorer. We populate the Explorer for Institutions by linking your set of publications, authors and departments with the scholarly publications already tracked in the Altmetric database.

Please follow the instructions below to set up your Pure API for Altmetric.

Administrator instructions for Pure

Allow access through your firewall

If you have a firewall, ensure you have opened a port that would allow our IP addresses to access as detailed below.

Current
  • Staging: 52.208.189.116

  • Production: 52.19.52.138

Legacy
  • Live: 164.132.63.174

  • Staging: 51.254.16.223

Hint

Adding both IP ranges to your Pure production instance allows us to test your import via our staging (development) server and then launch on our live server.

Create an API key and allow access to required endpoints

The access required will depend on the version of Pure you are using. For the older API, please provide an API key with access to the four endpoints listed below. For the new Pure API, please provide an API with access to the listed endpoints and attributes.

Pure 5.24 or lower
  • /research-outputs - we harvest identifiers associated with your publications from this endpoint, as well as publication-authors and publication-departments associations for each publication

  • /persons - we harvest author names and author-departments associations from this endpoint

  • /organisational-units - we harvest department names and parent departments from this endpoint so we can use it to build your departmental hierarchy

  • /changes - this endpoint alerts us to any creation, update and deletion changes to publications, and update and deletion changes to authors.

Note

If preferred, you can also set up login credentials for Altmetric. Just provide these credentials to your Engagement Manager in a secure way at the same time as the endpoint and API key.

Pure Web Service (Versionless)

We require an API key with access to the following endpoints and attributes:

  • /organizations

    • uuid

    • name

    • parent

  • /research-outputs

    • uuid

    • contributors

    • electronicISBNs

    • electronicVersions

    • identifiers

    • managingOrganization

    • printISBNs

    • title

The /persons endpoint is no longer needed, as author names and department associates are now part of the research-outputs harvesting.

The /changes endpoint is no longer available, and as such we will perform full imports on a regular basis, rather than incremental imports.

Provide Altmetric with access to your Pure API endpoint

Once you have enabled access to your API endpoint please securely provide the following information to your Engagement Manager:

  • Your Pure API endpoint, e.g., in a format like: https://pure.university.ac.uk/ws/rest/

  • An API key with access to the above-named endpoints and attributes if applicable.

  • Login credentials for Altmetric, if required

That’s it! You will hear back from your Engagement Manager about whether or not the connection with your Pure API endpoint was successful.

Affiliations

By default, the integration will import all research outputs, including any that have been added to PURE by your researchers prior to their current placement at your institution. However, we also provide a configurable option that, when enabled, allows us to import only the research outputs that are currently affiliated with your institution.

This means that if you choose to enable this option, the integration will filter out any research outputs that are not directly affiliated with your institution, providing you with a more targeted and institution-specific import of research data from PURE. This gives you greater control over the information that is imported into Explorer for Institutions, ensuring that it aligns specifically with your institution’s research activities.

This is done by omitting any research output that doesn’t belong to an organisation-unit in the PURE API.

Note

With the new Versionless API from Pure, we now only import departments that have research outputs containing a valid identifier. This means that if a department has no research outputs associated with it, it will not be displayed in the Departments tab in Explorer for Institutions.

Send your publications data via CSV spreadsheet

You can populate Explorer for Institutions via a CSV spreadsheet detailing your author, publications and group/department data. Altmetric require two CSV files to populate your instance:

  • A Publications file listing your author names, publication identifiers (e.g. DOIs, PMIDs, etc.) and group/department affiliation for each item

  • An Organizational hierarchy file detailing your groups structure to populate the Departments tab in the Explorer. We create this structure to help you browse sets of publications in groups that make sense for your organization. This might be your university hierarchy or groupings such as open access status; funding award; grant ID; therapeutic area; animal type; health conditions; subjects, etc. The key thing is your groups are relevant to how you would like to report on Altmetric data.

Preparing your publications file

At minimum, we will need a file with three columns, containing the information shown below. Here’s an example of the minimum required data in a CSV:

Author

Department

DOI

Carberry, Josiah

School of Pottery

10.1234/psycer123

Each row of this file should always correspond to:

  • Author names (with more than one author name separated by semicolon)

  • Department/groups associated with each publication (with more than one department/group separated by semicolon)

  • Publication identifiers

We use this data to populate publications, authors and department/groups in Explorer for Institutions. Here is a larger sample data set, with multiple IDs per item:

Author

Department

DOI

PMID

arXiv

Carberry, Josiah

School of Pottery

10.1234/psycer123

Carberry, Josiah

Department of Biological Sciences

10.1234/psycer123

Carberry, Josiah

Department of Biological Sciences

10.1234/humkh456

65436

Carberry, Josiah

Department of Biological Sciences

10.1234/biolog789

4567

Brush, Painter

Department of Applied Economics

10.1234/painter444

12345

Brush, Painter

Department of Applied Economics

10.1234/psycer123

23467

1000.1

Science, Simon

Department of Theatre and TV Studies

10.6574/tv984213

Smith, John

Department of Environmental Sciences

10.1234/biolo123

Thomas, Eve; Jones, Peter; Willis, Sarah

Lilliput Urban Cities Research Centre

10.9874/hou345

The author and departmental affiliation(s) should correspond with an individual output. On a single row representing a single research output, you can list multiple authors separated by semicolon in “Lastname, Firstname” format (as seen in the bottom row above).

Please list each type of identifier in its own column, and don’t mix and match the DOIs and PMIDs (or other types of identifiers) within a single column. You should include both types of identifier whenever possible.

The department information should match the group names in your hierarchy CSV and not include duplicates.

A list of supported identifiers can be found in the Supported identifiers section.

Providing group information in your publications file for organizations without a traditional hierarchy structure

You can add multiple sections in your hierarchy if you would like to browse by different categories, e.g. Geography and Therapeutic Area.

Here is a publications file example for organizations with multiple group types:

Author

DOI

PMID

Geography

Therapeutic Area

Carberry, Josiah

10.1234/psycer123

65436

United States

Hematology

Carberry, Josiah

10.1234/psycer123

4567

United States

Hematology

Brush, Painter

10.1234/painter444

12345

United States

Multiple Sclerosis

Brush, Painter

10.1234/psycer123

23467

United States

Multiple Sclerosis

Science, Simon

10.6574/tv984213

United States

Multiple Sclerosis

Smith, John

10.1234/biolo123

United States

Multiple Sclerosis

In the above example, you can see the file includes multiple identifiers for some items and each output appears in multiple groups. E.g., the first output (DOI: 10.1234/humkh456), also has a PMID of 65436 and is associated with two groups in the departmental hierarchy: United States and Hematology.

This output will therefore be discoverable via both identifiers and via the Geography > United States / Therapeutic Area > Hematology group .

Multiple co-authors from the same institution

If there are multiple co-authors of the same paper who all belong to the same institution, you can either list each author in a separate row or separate them by semi-colons.

The authors in your CSV should belong to your institution only; you should not include any co-authors who do not belong to your institution. Example of one article with co-authors from the same institution:

Author

Department

DOI

PMID

arXiv

Carberry, Josiah

School of Pottery

10.1234/psycer123

23467

1000.1000

Brush, Painter

School of Painting

10.1234/psycer123

23467

1000.1000

Science, Simon

School of Biology

10.1234/psycer123

23467

1000.1000

If all authors belong in the same departments, you can add them as shown below:

Author

Department

DOI

PMID

arXiv

Science, Simon; Brush, Painter; Carberry, Josiah

School of Biology; School of Painting; School of Pottery

10.1234/psycer123

23467

1000.1000

Note

If one of the authors, e.g. Simon Science, only works in the School of Biology, they should not be included in the CSV in this way, they should have a separate row, even though it is the for the same paper.

Multiple departmental affiliations for a publication

If a single publication belongs to multiple departments, please list the departmental affiliations in the same cell and separate the names using semi-colons.

Example using semi-colons to separate departments:

Author

Department

DOI

PMID

Carberry, Josiah

School of Pottery; School of Painting

10.1234/psycer123

23467

Science, Simon

School of Biology; School of Neuroscience; School of Biochemistry

10.1234/biolo123

Organizational hierarchy: building your departments/groups structure

In order to browse your data by department or group, you will need to provide the structure of your departments/groups in a separate spreadsheet. Each level in the hierarchy should be listed in a separate column. This creates a section in the Explorer Departments view. A Level 1 group will be a new section, with its Level 2 groups associated as children. Column A should always contain the name of your organization - a Top Level department which won’t appear in the Explorer. See below for examples in Explorer for Institutions and as CSV spreadsheets. Please note: the department names must match the group names in your publications spreadsheet and not include duplicates.

  1. University/research institution hierarchy example Here’s an example of a university departmental hierarchy in Explorer for Institutions:

Example of an institutions departmental hierarchy showing the department of humanities and the department of life sciences

Here’s how this hierarchy is structured in the CSV spreadsheet:

The institutional CSV file is split into three columns, top level (the name of the institution), level 1 (faculty level) and level 2 (department level)
  1. Funder hierarchy example Here’s an example of a funder departmental hierarchy in Explorer for Institutions:

Example of a funder departmental hierarchy showing groupings by institutes and signature initiatives

Here’s how this hierarchy is structured in the CSV spreadsheet (with parent departments bolded for emphasis):

The institutional CSV file is split into three columns, top level (the name of the funder), level 1 (funding area) and level 2 (research type)
  1. Pharmaceutical hierarchy example Here’s an example of a pharmaceutical departmental hierarchy in Explorer for Institutions:

Example of a pharmaceutical departmental hierarchy showing groupings by geography and therapeutic area

Here’s how this hierarchy is structured in the CSV spreadsheet:

The pharmaceutical CSV file is split into three columns, top level (the name of the pharmaceutical), level 1 (grouping) and level 2 (therapeutic area)

Supported identifiers

Explorer for Institutions supports the following unique identifiers via CSV import:

  • DOI

  • PubMed ID

  • NCT ID

  • RePeC ID

  • arXiv ID

  • ADS Bibcode

  • Handle

  • URN

  • ISBN

  • URI (custom service for supported domains only)

For each identifier type you want to use, please ensure that each of those types is listed in its own column.

Final steps

As soon as your data file is complete send it to your Engagement Manager. Check you have included the following:

  • Publications CSV file

  • Groups CSV file

Please use the instructions above to prepare your data and let us know if you have any questions. We will be happy to check this data for you and let you know if there are any issues, before walking you through how to upload the CSVs to your instance.

Keeping your data up-to-date via spreadsheet

Using the CSV uploader tool, one or more administrators at your organization can maintain the data integration by uploading new CSVs each time you wish to add, remove, or alter publications or departments. During the implementation process, we will establish who at your organization will be designated as an administrator; they will have access to the CSV tool and the administrator’s panel. Training will be provided for any individuals who are designated administrators.

Documentation about the CSV tool can be found in the Support Portal here.

Harvesting from your repository OAI-PMH feed

If your institution uses an institutional repository with an OAI-PMH feed, e.g. EPrints, DSpace or bepress, Altmetric can populate your instance of Explorer for Institutions using your repository data. This enables us to import your institutional authors, groups and organizational hierarchy from your institutional repository to Explorer for Institutions, and update your data automatically.

If you have a non-traditional structure to your institutional hierarchy please read this additional information.

Preparing your repository for an EFI integration

A number of metadata fields should be exposed via your OAI-PMH feed in order for Altmetric to collect all the relevant data from your repository and populate EFI. Instructions are detailed below.

Provide your OAI-PMH endpoint

Firstly, we need the base URL for your repository OAI-PMH endpoint, e.g.: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/cgi/oai2 Altmetric will import your data via this endpoint.

Publications and identifiers

Next, Altmetric will import publications from your OAI-PMH feed, usually via a URL like this: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/cgi/oai2?verb=ListRecords&metadataPrefix=oai_dc Altmetric collects identifiers from the OAI record for each item. Only records that have a supported identifier will be imported so ensure that all of your records have unique persistent identifiers (e.g. DOI, Handle, ISBN), and those identifier fields are available via the OAI-PMH feed.

Warning

We’re only able to import items with persistent identifiers.

Authors

Altmetric needs to know which authors are associated with your institution in order to populate the Authors tab in Explorer for Institutions. In order to set this up, you need to expose an institutional author ID via your OAI-PMH feed.

This could be a unique value for each institutional author, such as an ORCID iD, institutional identifier or email address. See the example below:

<record>
  <header>
    <identifier>oai:gala.gre.ac.uk:1</identifier>
    <datestamp>2016-10-14T08:58:54Z</datestamp>
  </header>
  <metadata>
    <oai_dc:dc xmlns:oai_dc="http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/oai_dc/" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/oai_dc/ http: www.openarchives.org OAI 2.0 oai_dc.xsd" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <dc:title>A natural extension of the conventional finite volume method into polygonal unstructured meshes for CFD application.</dc:title>
    <dc:creator id="[email protected]">Pericleous, Koulis A.<dc:creator>
    <dc:creator id="1234">Cross, Mark<dc:creator>
    <dc:subject>TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)</dc:subject>
    <dc:description>A new general cell-centered solution procedure.</dc:description>
    <dc:publisher>Elsevier</dc:publisher>
    <dc:date>1996-02</dc:date>
    <dc:type>Article</dc:type>
    <dc:type>PeerReviewed</dc:type>
    <dc:identifier>http://hdl.handle.net/10568/54297</dc:identifier>
  </oai_dc:dc>
</metadata>
</record>

From the source code above, we collect the authors from the dc:creator tags:

<dc:creator id="[email protected]">Pericleous, Koulis A.</dc:creator>
<dc:creator id="1234">Cross, Mark</dc:creator>

The unique id for the first institutional author would be “koulis@glasgow.uk”, and for the second author it would be “1234”. This enables searching for these authors in the Explorer for Institutions view.

Important

Harvesting authors based on institutional affiliation is only available for certain OAI-MPH feeds / metadata prefixes - for further information please contact Support who will be happy to discuss this with you.

Hierarchy

Altmetric recreates your organizational hierarchy from your institutional repository in order to populate the Departments tab in Explorer for Institutions. Groups should be available in the OAI-PMH feed, as detailed in the ListSets example below: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/cgi/oai2?verb=ListSets.

The sets created should replicate your browse by Division/Group/Faculty view in the front end of your repository.

DiVA Portal

If you are a DiVA Portal customer and are using our OAI-PMH integration with the swepub_mods metadata prefix we’re able to offer you a number of ways to customize how departments are displayed within your Explorer for Institutions.

  • Translations/renaming - It might be that you want to translate your department names from Swedish to English or simplify certain department names so that they’re more easily identifiable for users.

  • Map papers to other departments - It might be that your repository hierarchy is out of date or your institution has gone through a number of changes over the years and departments have merged or you want to simplify reporting.

If either of these requirements are something that you’re interested in you can read more about translating/renaming departments here and re-mapping papers here.

We are also able to filter out specific record types based on their setSpec, for example as part of the synchronization process we’re able to exclude all records that have the name studentThesis.

Advanced Customisation

Our DiVA OAI-PMH integration is able to support a combination of paper re-mapping, with department translations/renaming and custom department hierarchy. In order to take advantage of this functionality, the following steps are required:

  1. Paper/department re-mappings must be provided/hosted in their original language (e.g. Swedish) and not translated to English, as a remappings.csv file.

  2. Department translations/renaming, where required, must be provided/hosted in a translations.csv or renaming.csv file. Departments that do not require a translation/rename will remain in their original language. If you need a mixture of translations and renaming, please provide a single file named translations_and_renaming.csv containing both.

  3. Follow the instructions here with the following additional important points:

  • The department names must be the final translated/renamed/re-mapped names from the above steps.

  • The department ids do not need to match the setSpecs in the OAI-PMH feed, however they must be unique, and most importantly, only contain *alphanumeric* characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9), with underscores allowed.

  • Provide/host the file as departments.csv or departments.json (CSV is preferred since the previous steps are CSV files).

Note: You can skip some of the steps mentioned above (for instance, if you only need to perform one or two of them), but it’s crucial to maintain the sequence in which they are presented.

Haplo

If you use Haplo for your repository then our integration will be configured to use the oai_datacite metadata prefix. This will enable us to specifically import authors that are affiliated with your institution.

DSpace

If you use DSpace 6 for your repository then you will need to ensure that the api/hierarchy endpoint is enabled and is returning Communities and Collections as we build your hierarchical structure using this data and not from ListSets. If you use DSpace 7 you will need to ensure that the api/core/communities endpoint is enabled.

If you are unable to enable this endpoint we are able to offer a departmentless integration as an alternative.

Esploro

Esploro requires that a setSpec is always provided when harvesting records from your repository. This means that in order to sync over your research outputs and to replicate your departmental structure within your Explorer for Institutions you will need to create publishing profiles for each department. If you are unable to to do this then we are able to offer a departmentless integration as an alternative.

Note

If you require a departmentless instance then because of the selective harvesting requirement - a single publishing profile would still be required.

The Esploro repository also exposes a number of other profiles via ListSets, for example BrowZine and Unpaywall . To exclude these from appearing within your Explorer for Institutions you would be required to prefix the setName of all publishing profiles you do want to see with Department = as in the example below.

To have a department for the Faculty of Science for which there is a dependent department School of Biology - you will need a publishing profile for each which would result in the following ListSet records. Because of the filtering applied using Department = the BrowZine wouldn’t be synch’d.

<ListSets>
  <set>
    <setSpec>Faculty of Science</setSpec>
    <setName>Department = Faculty of Science</setName>
  </set>
  <set>
    <setSpec>Faculty of Science:School of Biology</setSpec>
    <setName>Department = School of Biology</setName>
  </set>
  <set>
    <setSpec>BrowZine</setSpec>
    <setName>BrowZine</setName>
  </set>
</ListSets>

This would result in the following structure within the Explorer.

Example of Esploro departmental hierarchy showing the school of biology sitting under the faculty of science

Next steps

Please ensure you have completed steps the above. When all changes are in place and the new fields are accessible via your institutional repository OAI-PMH feed, Altmetric are able to begin your Explorer for Institutions implementation. During the implementation, we’ll initially run a full import of your repository data and set up weekly automatic updates to import new/modified items.

Frequently asked questions

What happens after my data are imported into Explorer for Institutions?

After Altmetric connects with your system for the first time, an initial mass import of all your authors, publications, departments, etc. will be carried out. The authors, departments, and organizational hierarchy information will be used to populate the Authors and Departments tabs that can be found in My institution.

Using the publications data you have supplied, Altmetric will retrieve any attention data it has stored in association with these particular publications. Thus, attention data for all scholarly articles in your institution will be automatically supplied once the connection is made. There is no further work required from you once you have provided Altmetric with access.

Do lists of authors, publications, and groups Altmetric stay in sync?

Yes. All of the relevant data that Altmetric retrieves from your system are synced with Explorer for Institutions on a regular basis. Updates or deletions of authors, publications or groups, etc. in your system will subsequently be reflected in Explorer for Institutions after its latest sync.