Name: Policy mentions
Can apply to: Primarily research outputs such as journal articles and books
Metric definition: The number of times a research output has been cited in policy documents
Metric calculation: The total count of citations to a research output in the policy sources being tracked by the metric provider
Data sources: Governmental and non-governmental policy documents
Appropriate use cases: Policy mentions can be used to demonstrate how research has influenced policy or the course of action in a particular field.
Limitations: Research and researchers may influence policy and decision making in indirect ways that are not always trackable via policy citations (Konkiel, 2016).
Inappropriate use cases: Policy mentions are not a direct measure of a research output’s effect on practice.
Available metric sources: Altmetric.com
Transparency: Via Altmetric.com one can access the full-text source of the policy mentions. However, Altmetric.com does not make their full list of tracked policy sources available.
Timeframe: Altmetric has been tracking policy mentions since 2013.