Our Research

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Our Research
Logo of Our Research
Logo of Our Research.
Formation2011; 9 years ago (2011)[1]
FounderJason Priem
Heather Piwowar
TypeNonprofit Organization
Legal status501(c)(3) organization
Servicesunpaywall, ImpactStory, depsy
Formerly called

Our Research, formerly named ImpactStory, is a nonprofit organization which creates and distributes tools and services for libraries, institutions and researchers. The organization follows open practices with their data (to the extent allowed by providers' terms of service), code,[3] and governance.[4] Our Research is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation[5] and the National Science Foundation.[6]


ImpactStory is the first open source, web-based tool released by Our Research. It provides altmetrics to help researchers measure the impacts of their research outputs including journal articles, blog posts, datasets, and software.[7] This aims to change the focus of the scholarly reward system to value and encourage web-native scholarship.

It provides context to its metrics so that they are meaningful without knowledge of the specific dataset: for example, instead of letting the reader guess whether having five forks on GitHub is common, ImpactStory would tell that the repository is in the 95th percentile of all GitHub repositories created that year.[8]

The metrics provided by ImpactStory can be used by researchers who want to know how many times their work has been downloaded and shared,[9] and also research funders who are interested in the impact of research beyond only considering citations to journal articles.


Unpaywall is a browser extension[10] which finds legal free versions of (paywalled) scholarly articles.[11] In July 2018 Unpaywall was reported to provide free access to 20 million articles,[1] which accounts for about 47% of the articles that people search for with Unpaywall.[12] In June 2017 it was integrated into Web of Science and in July 2018 Elsevier announced plans the same month to integrate the service into the Scopus search engine.[1]

In 2019, GetTheResearch was announced as a search engine for open access content found by Unpaywall, with machine learning features to facilitate discoverability.[13]


Unsub,[14] previously Unpaywall Journals,[15] was launched in 2019[16] as a data analysis tool for libraries to estimate the actual cost and value of their subscriptions.[17]

The tool reduces information asymmetry in negotiations over subscriptions with publishers: in its paid tailored version, it allows to merge Unpaywall data about open access status and expected evolution in 5 years,[18] article processing charges, usage statistics and the libraries' own parameters[19] (such as the cost of ILL[20]) to calculate various indicators[21] including the cost effectiveness or net cost per use[22] of a current or planned subscription (or lack thereof).

Unpaywall Journals was used in 2020 by the SUNY Libraries Consortium to assist in the cancellation of their big deal with Elsevier, which was replaced by a subscription to 248 titles,[23] allowing expected savings of 50-70 % over the baseline, or 5 to 7,000,000 dollars per year.[24]


  1. ^ a b c Else, Holly (15 August 2018). "How Unpaywall is transforming open science". Nature. 560 (7718): 290–291. Bibcode:2018Natur.560..290E. doi:10.1038/D41586-018-05968-3. PMID 30111793.
  2. ^ "Entry of Impactstory in GuideStar". www.guidestar.org. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  3. ^ "ImpactStory total-impact". GitHub. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Sloan Foundation grant submitted". ImpactStory blog. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  5. ^ "About". ImpactStory. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  6. ^ "ImpactStory awarded $300k NSF grant!". ImpactStory. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "ImpactStory adds figshare integration". Research Information. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Coldewey, Devin. "Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ Chawla, Dalmeet Singh (4 April 2017). "Unpaywall finds free versions of paywalled papers". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21765. S2CID 86694031.
  12. ^ Doctorow, Cory. "Unpaywall: a search-engine for authorized, freely accessible versions of scholarly journal articles / Boing Boing". boingboing.net.
  13. ^ Price, Gary. "Impactstory Announces Beta Release of "Get The Research" Search Engine". LJ infoDOCKET. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  14. ^ https://get-unsub.org/
  15. ^ Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (2020-05-19). "Taking a Big Bite Out of the Big Deal". The Scholarly Kitchen. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  16. ^ Piwowar, Heather (2019-11-26). "Unpaywall". doi:10.5281/zenodo.3553751. Cite journal requires |journal=
  17. ^ Ian Mulvany (2019-11-06). "Unpaywall Journals - possibly the most interesting thing to happen this year in library subscription land". Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  18. ^ Piwowar, Heather; Priem, Jason; Orr, Richard (2019-10-09). "The Future of OA: A large-scale analysis projecting Open Access publication and readership". bioRxiv: 795310. doi:10.1101/795310. S2CID 208591684.
  19. ^ Piwowar, Heather. "Configuration settings". Unpaywall. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  20. ^ Piwowar, Heather. "Overview". Unpaywall. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  21. ^ Piwowar, Heather. "Description of data fields". Unpaywall. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  22. ^ Piwowar, Heather. "Cost Effectiveness (NCPPU)". Unpaywall. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  23. ^ "SUNY Negotiates New, Modified Agreement with Elsevier - Libraries News Center University at Buffalo Libraries". library.buffalo.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  24. ^ Pritting, Shannon. "SLC Guides: SUNY Libraries Consortium (SLC): Elsevier Update". slcny.libguides.com. Retrieved 2020-04-18.

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