Where do Altmetric's course syllabi data come from?


Altmetric partnered with The Open Syllabus Project (OSP), who have provided us with a database containing mention counts from over 1 million course syllabi. Each mention within a course syllabus is displayed in Altmetric as a count. We also provide information about the institution that produced the syllabus.

Please note Altmetric display historical data up to 2015 only for this source, for more up to date information please visit https://opensyllabus.org/.


How much do courses syllabi contribute to the Altmetric Attention Score?


Due to copyright restrictions, we do not have permission to display the original course syllabi text and therefore cannot show additional syllabus information such as course year, course name, instructor name, number of students, mention context, and so on.


However, The Open Syllabus Project data are auditable and we link directly to their institution-level pages. These institution-level pages display the names of all referenced texts (research outputs) from the institution’s course syllabi, so that users can verify the syllabi counts and institution names displayed on Altmetric.

Any mentions from syllabi contribute a maximum of 1 point to the Altmetric Attention Score

Where can I see course syllabi data?


Inside the Explorer you can sort results by OpenSyllabus. You can do this by clicking on "Sort by" and then selecting "Syllabi" under "Sources". That way you can search for the items in your institution with the most references in OpenSyllabus.


OpenSyllabus data is also visible on Altmetric Details Pages, under the Syllabi tab. Where applicable, the location of institutions are visualised.