ImpactStory is an open source altmetrics tool. As a researcher you can use it to measure and share the impact of your publications and blog posts, files and documents as well as software and programs. With the provided metrics, you can can see how many times your work has been downloaded or shared, and funders can find out the effects of their input by other means besides traditional bibliometrics.

The service is linked to the ORCID researcher identifier and it shows the publications’ Mendeley saves and tweets, reveals their open access status, tells how many countries they have been read and shared in, tells which one of them is the most popular etc. ImpactStory is a non-profit, foundation-funded organisation and registration is free of charge.

As Impactstory profiles are built on ORCID profiles and they automatically stay in sync to pull in new information and new works, an ORCID identifier is good to have in advance, if you wish to start using the service. Also a Twitter account is recommended to have in advance.

Watch a video on Incentivizing Open Science through Altmetrics

The video is a re-recording of their talk at the 1st Altmetrics Conference (1amconf) in London, UK on September 25, 2014. (9 min 44 sec)

ImpactStory has published an extensive guide (222 pages) to raising your research profile.

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