Since we started PlumX we understood that it was important to work with institutional and discipline-specific repositories, both as a source of research output as well as a target for providing value via PlumX metrics.
PlumX imports records seamlessly from EPrints, dSpace, and bepress. In the case of bepress, PlumX can automatically populate the research output from a researcher profile simply by entering the URL for that researcher in the PlumX Profile builder. Here is an example of a Utah State University researcher being set up using their bepress URL.
We work within an institution’s processes that are already in place for tracking research to make it easier to understand impact—no one wants to start (again) from scratch!
PlumX can also feed metrics back into repositories, providing valuable benefits to authors, potential contributors, and users alike. This is an easy and affordable way to start working with alternative metrics. This includes the metrics beyond the IR “version” of an artifact, providing a greater glimpse into the overall interaction with the research output, as well as giving your authors another good reason to deposit their articles in the repository.
Here is an example with the PlumX metrics at the bottom of the record in the University of Pittsburgh’s D-Scholarship repository showing metrics for the IR version as well as 2 other versions of this article (shown in the figure above).
We have previously posted about how artifact-, author-, and group-level widgets can be easily embedded in web pages and applications to give an idea of the many ways metrics can be displayed in your repository. The “embed widget" link at the upper right hand of any PlumX page allows you with little effort to test out how widgets would look on your site.
Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get started with your institutional repository.
The 33rd Annual Charleston Conference starts this week, 11/6 - 11/9. If you don’t know what the Charleston conference is, the organizers describe it as an annual informal gathering of librarians, publishers and vendors in historic Charleston, SC to discuss issues of importance.
We love the the theme of this years’ conference, “Too Much In Not Enough” because it speaks directly to what we work on here at PlumTM Analytics - processing big data to discover early research impact.
In her first session, Robin is particpating on a Lively Lunch panel on Friday at 12:30. This panel has seven speakers at a “no holds barred” lunch. The panel will talk about about an interesting variety of topics around the conference theme.
Later that day, Friday at 3:15, is Robin’s second session, Open Access Publishing Funds In Action: The Experience at Three Libraries. Robin is participating on a panel of three librarians who are all talking about library involvement in the new funding paradigms for authors.
At PlumTM Analytics, we often blog about new features and other new developments for PlumX, the product that processes big data to bring you information about research impact. Here are some of our previous blog posts you may have missed about important features and functions.
On Monday, October 14, I was happy to be part of a panel at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal. The panel was put together and moderated by Gregg Gordon from SSRN, and my presentation was entitled, “Altmetrics in Practice.” The audience was especially interested in measuring research output beyond articles—and books in particular.
Among the growing list of metrics on the PlumX platform include 2 especially exciting metrics for books:
For example, The Cambridge dictionary of philosophy had the following metrics:
For all of the details check out the full list of metrics that we track on PlumX.
We participated in a free Research Information webcast about Measuring Impact with Altmetrics on October 14th.
Here is the description of the webcast:
Altmetrics is a major buzz word at the moment and many publishers and others are experimenting with adding additional impact information to their papers. This webcast is a rare opportunity to hear founders of three key altmetrics start ups - Impact Story, Altmetric and Plum Analytics - talk about how they assess impact, what altmetrics mean and what they have observed so far. This webcast will be of interest to researchers, librarians, publishers and others who are either new to altmetrics or want to gain a deeper insight into the potential opportunities and challenges.
You can view the webcast here (after registering): https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1022139
It’s fairly long. Our part of the webcast begins at minute 34:13. (Not that you’d want to skip ahead, but just sayin’.)
Today is day 2 of Open Access Week. We support open access, so we are doing a lot to participate in Open Access Week. You can read about our activities here. Yesterday we kicked off the week with a Webinar titled “Measuring Impact: Combining Traditional and Non-Traditional Metrics.” We had so many people sign up that we needed to upgrade our webinar room. Unfortunately, that last minute changed created problems for a lot of you. We apologize for any trouble that created. We want to make sure you get to see PlumX and you get your questions answered about altmetrics. Here are some ways.
During the webinar Mike described the changing world of metrics, the need to process big data to deliver metrics, the different types of metric categories and metrics themselves (see more about metric categories here), how PlumX supports widgets, and more. Then, he demonstrated PlumX, where he showed how to view Article Level Metrics, as well as metrics about books, researchers, and departments. He showed examples from the University of Pittsburgh (plu.mx/pitt) and the Smithsonian (plu.mx/smithsonian), as well as other researchers.
Here is one of the slides Mike showed.
This slide shows that PlumX not only calculates metrics at the article level, but also the author and group level. It also pictures the widgets that are available from PlumX that you can imbed in other pages and systems. You can read more about our PlumX widgets here.
Last week Mike participated in the first meeting of the NISO meeting on Altmetrics, and I then presented at the PLOS Article Level Metrics (ALM) workshop that took place on the following two days at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.
Compared with the previous year’s ALM workshop, it was great to see an evolution of thinking about the space in general. There was also a notable increase in participants at both ends of the spectrum, including both funders of research looking to use altmetrics as a part of their processes as well as researchers pushing forward on examining how altmetrics correlate with traditional measures of impact.
The presentation from Adam Dinsmore at the Wellcome Trust both showcased the opportunity of using article level metrics to evaluate grant funding, as well as some of the challenges in collecting the data. We anticipate that some of the work we are doing on the PlumX platform will be able to streamline some of the general challenges he outlined.
Another highlight of the conference for me was Geoffrey Bilder’s presentation about some of the myths about DOIs and new services that Crossref is providing in service of ALMs.
Peter Brantley’s blog post about “Measuring Altmetrics: The Network and Scholarly Publishing" had the following summary from the two days:
It is my impression, after the NISO and PLOS meetings, that altmetrics will become an essential component of evaluating the merit of scholarly contributions, augmenting but not replacing earlier measurements. Altmetrics gains in relevance even as it heralds a loss of the precision produced by earlier academic activity. It gives us a window into the impact of research work in the context of overlapping forms of network-based interaction. In that, it simply mirrors the growing complexity of science and our societies.
Carly Strasser’s blog post on how Universities can improve academic services through wider recognition of altmetrics and alt-products also summarized both the workshops as well as provided suggestions on how universities might begin to incorporate altmetrics into their own services.
For our part, you can view the slides from my talk about Altmetrics in Practice. In it, I tried to show a bit about how our PlumX platform is built for the big data that now exists surrounding scholarly communication and walked through several of the use cases for how our metrics are being used by our customers.
The earliest adopters of our research dashboards, the University of Pittsburgh and the Smithsonian, have made their PlumX directories public.
We’re really thankful to our early beta partners who continue to help us chart the path forward for the PlumX platform.
Over the past 6 months, we’ve been quietly improving upon our functionality on how to embed PlumX data about research impact into other applications and websites.
This week, we added a feature that puts our widgets front and center in PlumX, so we wanted to blog about it. We have created a widget builder that enables data from PlumX to be quickly and easily added to other websites.
Here is a screen shot of this feature:
Every object that is tracked by PlumX has a widget builder associated with it, including:
If you’d like to experiment more with the widgets, you can reach them through any page on the PlumX site through the “Embed Widgets” link. Full documentation about the widgets as well as our open data API is available here: https://plu.mx/developers.