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Tracking the commercialization of research

How new Altmetric patent citations help to reveal economic impact

Every article on Taylor & Francis Online has a ‘Metrics’ section which, along with details about article downloads and citations, includes the article’s Altmetric Attention Score. The data used to calculate this score has recently been expanded to include patent citations, helping you to discover where research articles have contributed to commercial innovation.

We asked Cat Williams at Altmetric to tell us why this change has been made and how it can increase our understanding of research impact.



From Cat Williams

Today’s research ecosystem is a complicated place – data lives all over the place, more research is being published than ever before, and authors themselves face ever increasing demands on their time.

How can we look beyond this crowded space to keep our focus on arguably the most important element: the impact that research outcomes have on the daily lives of people around the world?

A new release from attention data provider Altmetric, which tracks the online shares and conversations relating to published research, takes another step in this direction. In April we announced that we had added citations to research from over 8 million patents, making it easier to find and explore the potential real-life impacts of academic work.

What does the data include?
References to research from patents issued in 9 different jurisdictions are included in the integration.

Those references are combined with the other ‘mentions’ of research Altmetric has found (from policy sources, news outlets, blogs, social media, and other online forums) and showcased in the Altmetric details pages – which can be accessed by clicking on the colorful badges available on Taylor & Francis article pages.

Citations from patents are shown on a new tab in the details page – where you’ll find the name of the patent, the office that awarded it, and the patent number.

How does this help you?
Along with the rest of the data provided by Altmetric, researchers can use these patent insights in a number of useful ways:

  • To see which research from your field is being referenced in patents, and the context in which this is done.
  • To demonstrate the commercialization and potential economic impacts of your work to funders, management, government review panels and hiring committees.

The data is also already helping funders, publishers and businesses to understand the reach of research and how the work they do is making a difference.

Take a look today
Visit any article page on Taylor & Francis Online and click on the ‘Metrics’ tab to view the Altmetric data for that publication.



Cat Williams – CMO, Altmetric & Dimensions, Digital Science

Cat joined Digital Science in November 2013, and is responsible for all things marketing and communications across Altmetric and Digital Science’s newest offering, Dimensions. She works with colleagues around the world to help researchers, institutions, publishers, funders and commercial organizations understand and better interpret the data that Digital Science’s innovative tools provide.