Our Partnerships

At Overton, our data is our superpower. We have the largest curated database of policy documents in the world and we’re expanding all the time. 

This data is central to our mission to support evidence-based decision making. By offering a comprehensive view of the policy landscape, we show how ideas spread and research influences our daily lives.

With the Overton app, customers can find policy documents and track the impact of research. But lots of other exciting use cases exist. We’ve partnered with external organisations on several projects so that users can access policy data in tools that they already use.

Typically we specialise in data and analytics, and our collaborators contribute industry insights, connections, and detailed knowledge of their specific use cases.

What is the product?

We partnered with Elsevier to make policy data available in their PlumX and SciVal products. Bringing data from all three products together means that research administrators can see traditional citations, policy and altmetrics for their institution all in one place.


Elsevier’s research metrics products are used and trusted by academic institutions worldwide.

Our data powers the policy impact module for SciVal and the policy citations tab in PlumX. 

How is it different to the main app?

SciVal uses Scopus’ author and institution profiles which make it easy for users to quickly see policy citations for individual researchers and organisations.

By pulling together traditional citations, policy documents and altmetrics, Elsevier is able to offer users a holistic view of where their work is being used and discussed.

The Overton app is better suited to policy specific analyses, as it allows full text search and tracking second order citations – where research sometimes reaches policy via a knowledge broker like a think tank or NGO.

What is the product?

We partnered with BMJ Group to create an impact measurement tool focused solely on health and social care. It’s specifically created for the medical community so provides more breadth and depth of content in that field. 


The BMJ Group approached to build a simple tool to track real-world impact in healthcare us following conversations with their stakeholders in the medical research community.

We built the new app, and BMJ contributed UX & UI expertise, domain knowledge and new data sources like Best Practice, their clinical decision support tool. The app was developed and tested in partnership with medical departments at universities and funders

How is it different to the main app?

Impact Analytics is focused specifically on health and social care, while the original Overton app pulls in policy documents from all topic areas.

As well as guidance from national bodies like NICE, HAS and AWMF, Impact Analytics includes clinical guidelines published in scholarly journals, which we generally exclude from Overton. 

The user interface has been simplified and is centred around starting with a list of scholarly articles rather than policy documents.

We collaborate with lots of different organisations, and are always happy to hear about new opportunities. If you’d like to speak to us about collaborating on a project, contact support@overton.io

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