Day 30 – ImpactStory (Assessment)

impactstory-logoWe wrap up this week, and our 30-day tour, with a look at ImpactStory.

Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool that allows scientists to create profiles that more fully represent the complete range of their research products, and showcase the impact of their research in more diverse ways than the limited citation metrics of the past. Recognizing the changing nature of scientific publishing, ImpactStory allows researchers to represent research outputs including articles, datasets, software, webpages, slidedecks and posters. Profile metrics include article views, citations and downloads, tweets and saves, Wikipedia mentions and Facebook posts. (See this example of a researcher profile).

Get started! Once you’ve created a profile, you can add items one by one, or connect your profile to other platforms like Figshare, ORCID, Google Scholar, GitHub, Publons, and SlideShare. Once connected, new products that you upload to those platforms will automatically be added and tracked on your ImpactStory profile as well. ImpactStory can track metrics for products with any of the following identifiers: PubMed IDs, DOIs, URLs for GitHub repositories, Vimeo and Youtube videos, Slideshare slide decks, and webpages. You can control your own profile, highlighting selected works and key metrics, or deleting items you don’t want to show up there. Add an ImpactStory badge to your website or CV to connect viewers to your profile. You can download and reuse most Impactstory data (a small amount, like Scopus citation data, is proprietary) in either CSV or JSON format.

Created by altmetrics pioneers Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar in 2011, ImpactStory is a non-profit organization funded by the NSF, JISC, and Sloan Foundation. ImpactStory is not a free product, though the cost is modest – after a 30-day free trial, users pay a $60/year subscription fee.

30 Tools for 30 Days concludes with this post …  you can look back at all six weeks’ worth of featured tools, and look forward to a wrap-up post and one last invitation from us next week!

Read more about ImpactStory:

Howard, J. (2013, June 3). Rise of “Altmetrics” Revives Questions About How to Measure Impact of Research. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from


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