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Available in English
Created by Jason Priem, Heather Piwowar
Current status Online

ImpactStory is an open source, web-based tool that provides altmetrics to help researchers measure and share the impacts of all their research outputs—from traditional ones such as journal articles, to alternative research outputs such as blog posts, datasets, and software.[1] It aims to change the focus of the scholarly reward system to value and encourage web-native scholarship. ImpactStory is a nonprofit organisation funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation [2] and the National Science Foundation.[3]


ImpactStory follows open practices with its data (to the extent allowed by providers’ terms of service), code,[4] and governance.[5]

It provides context to its metrics so that they are meaningful to non-experts: for example, someone may not know if five forks on GitHub is a lot of attention, but they can understand immediately if their project ranked in the 95th percentile of all GitHub repos created that year.[6]

The metrics provided by ImpactStory can be used by researchers who want to know how many times their work has been downloaded and shared,[7] and also research funders who are interested in the impact of research beyond only considering citations to journal articles.


  1. ^ Priem, Jason; Heather Piwowar (25 September 2012). "The launch of ImpactStory: using altmetrics to tell data-driven stories". Impact of Social Sciences. LSE. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "About". ImpactStory. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "ImpactStory awarded $300k NSF grant!". ImpactStory. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "ImpactStory total-impact". GitHub. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sloan Foundation grant submitted". ImpactStory blog. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "ImpactStory adds figshare integration". Research Information. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Eisen, Jonathan (29 November 2012). "Playing with Impact Story to look at Alt Metrics for my papers, data, etc". The Tree of Life. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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