The Altmetric Explorer has a powerful search interface, with the option to choose between a Quick Search and an Advanced Search.


Advanced Search


Alternatively, you can choose "Edit Search" to open an Advanced Search menu with many other ways to refine your search queries and drill down into the most relevant research output results. 


If you are an Altmetric Explorer for Institutions user, you can also select whether or not to search within your own institution's verified research outputs, or expand your search to the full Altmetric database. You can read more about this functionality here.


You can enter multiple filters at a time: 

The table below explains the various search options:


Filter name

How to use it

(Explorer for Institutions only)

Full Altmetric database/My institution only

Choose between these tick boxes to search either within the full database or across your institution's verified research outputs. Your institution's research outputs are defined by the data integration your organization has provided to us. The full database includes all research outputs Altmetric has ever tracked

(Explorer for Institutions only)

Verified Author

Verified Department

These filters allow you to search for an author name or department/group name from your institution as defined by your institution's data integration. Read more about searching within your own institution's verified research outputs here.

Publisher name

Search for a publisher name to see results for their content across all supported platforms for journals, books, and other outputs.

DOI Prefix

Enter a full DOI prefix, such as 10.1371, so you can see all the outputs from a particular publisher or journal.

Journal or Collection

Enter the name of a journal (such as "Journal of Botany") to retrieve all tracked articles published in a given journal. You can also search by ISSN (a journal identifier such as "0373-6687"), for a collection (such as "figshare"), or click to search for a list of ISSNs.

Funder Name

Enter the name of a funder (such as "US Forest Service") to retrieve all articles in the Altmetric database associated with a given funder. You can perform this search using the name of the funder or its GRID ID (such as "grid.419696.5"). (More details here)

Handle Prefix

Enter a Handle prefix such as "10986" to search for all outputs from a given institution's repository.




Search for a keyword to return relevant results and their Altmetric data. The results will include any outputs from the Altmetric database that have a publication title, author name, editor name, and/or journal title that matches the keyword. Please note that Boolean operators are not supported.

Subject areas (FoR Code)

Enter the name of a subject area, such as "Plant Biology," to retrieve all outputs from the Altmetric database associated with a given subject area. You can also search directly by FoR Code (Field of Research code) such as "3108" to retrieve the same results. 

On 7th December 2022 the Explorer was updated to use the 2020 version of the Fields of Research (FoR) classification, you can read more about this here.

Affiliations (GRID ID)

Enter the name of an institution, such as "University of Cambridge," or use the institution's GRID ID to return all outputs authored by individuals affiliated with the institution.

Title of Output

Search by full or partial publication title, such as "Dinosaur egg colour had a single evolutionary origin" or just "Dinosaur." 

Type of Output

Filter by output type as defined in the Altmetric database. Tick each box to include in your search: Articles, Books, Book chapters, Data sets, Clinical trial records, and News stories. Note that Explorer for Publishers users must have a license to the Altmetric Book Index in order to view books and book chapters.

Type of Open Access

You can filter research outputs by different types of Open Access “Gold”, “Hybrid”, “Bronze”, “Green”, and “Closed Access". Select one or multiple Open Access types to include in your search. More information can be found in our Explorer filters: Types of Open Access page.

Scholarly Identifiers

Use this function if you want to search for more than one scholarly identifier at the same time. Click "Add Scholarly Identifiers" to enter a list of up to 25,000 scholarly identifiers, including DOIs, ISBNs, PubMed IDs, arXiv IDs, URNs, and URLs. You can enter a single scholarly identifier into the quick search to perform a speedier search for a single research output.


Search by any author's ORCID (such as "0000-0002-9079-593X") to see all of the outputs in their ORCID profile. It is only possible to search by one ORCID at a time.

PubMed Query

Search using the PubMed query (e.g., for author names, affiliations, MeSH terms, etc.) to retrieve results from PubMed directly. For more information on how to use the PubMed filter, see this support article.

Publication Date

Enter beginning and end dates to restrict your search results to publications published within a given timeframe.

Altmetric Mentions During

Select a timeframe to search for publications that have received mentions within the past day, three weeks, week, month, 3 months, 6 months, year, or any time.