The International Influence on Industry and Innovation Metric (In4M) reflects a measure of the proportion of 3rd party patents that are weighted by patent family globally and which cite scholarship.  The measure is calculated per unit of scholarly output.

The metric has been developed using scholarly outputs from 200 global institutions (ranging from 1980 – 2015) and 51 Australian research institutions.  These were matched to scholarly citations in the global patent system and linkages to patent-based inventions determined.  Relying on the knowledge of scholarly work cited in patent literature and the value of the citing patents – as perceived by the applicants, the metric was used to rank institutional influence relative to each others within each of the two institutional datasets.

To rank relative influence by institutional research strengths, In4M was normalized by research discipline.

To rank relative influence by the technology sectors of citing patents, In4M was normalized by technology fields of use (classes of technology grouped by patent classifications codes).

Use the interactive map on the In4M landing page, you can hone in on a particular region or institution in either the global or Australian dataset or use the search field on the left hand side to specify the name of a particular institution. You can also ‘Filter Rankings’ by country using the ‘tick box’ menu.  You may also browse the institutions based in a table view or cards view, based on various factors, including but not limited to: Lens Rank, Name, Country and even total number of resolved articles.


We have provided an analysis tab to compare influences of  institutions. If you’re not sure what to compare, choose from our list of pre-sets like, Top 10 Globally, Top 10 In Europe, Top 10 in Australia, or even Harvard vs Yale. Compare institutions by research disciplines, such as Life Sciences or Physics and Electronics. Compare by Technology Fields of Use such as Machine Tools or Telecommunications. You can also compare by Citing Patent Families , but most important, we implemented dossier views for each of these institutions to enable granular exploration.

Institution Dossier 

This granular view allows you to explore the influence an institution’s scholarly work has had on certain enterprises, each of the 10 research disciplines, and the level of influence an institution’s scholarship has had on certain technology sectors.

Here  you can also link to the data collected from each institution and the latest patent collection that cite that institution’s scholarship, or to the draft patent portfolio of the institution.

By clicking at “export your results” (see screenshot below)


you will be also able to export the list in different file formats.  The technology fields of use depicted in the dossier view are based on WIPO concordance table (http://www.wipo.int/ipstats/en/statistics/technology_concordance.html ).

The current version of the QUT In4M Metric is based on a list of scholarly works having at least one author at that institution. This list was obtained from a single commercial supplier which granted us very limited permission to use but not to share. Better and more accurate lists of authored works, optimized to reflect a comprehensive set an institution’s outputs will improve the Lens Influence Mapping and the resulting QUT In4M Metric.

The Lens invites these institutions to provide their own open data to Lens.org, so an authoritative QUT In4M Report and Rank can be determined, allowing such institutions to claim ownership and amend this draft report. To upload the list of scholarship IDs, click here.