SSRN Meets PlumX – More Metrics Means Greater Research Sharing


Introducing the PlumX widget integration presented on SSRN.com article abstract pages. Now, SSRN article abstract pages include more data metrics including social media shares and blog mentions.

PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (abstracts, working papers, articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment. Collectively known as PlumX Metrics, these metrics are divided into five categories to help make sense of the huge amounts of data involved and to enable analysis by comparing like with like.

The Plum Print is a color data visual represented the various metric categories. The larger the circle in the data set, the higher number of metrics associated within the category.

PlumX Metrics help users tell the story of their research. The metrics provide a window into what is happening to the research and how the world is interacting with it; the metrics help answer questions you could not before.

Questions like:

  • What impact has our research had in the last 12 months?
  • How do we arm our researchers to better compete for funding?
  • Can we measure non-STEM, non-article research?
  • How do we measure the societal impact of our research?
  • How do I report impact to my stakeholders?
  • Can I measure all versions of a published article? (Published, Green OA, Pre-Print, A&I, Aggregator)

Librarians assist faculty and students with their research to help them tell their stories impacting their tenure and promotion opportunities.

Researchers start to get a picture of the societal impact of research, understand how their individual pieces are being consumed, tell the story of their research for grant applications, have early signals about the impact of their research before citations can accrue, identify potential research collaborators based on who is interacting with the research. Research Leaders showcase the institution’s research.

Publishers begin to understand which articles get read and which ones do not; start to get a picture of the societal impact of research they are publishing.

Get started measuring your research stories and showcase the value of your ideas. SSRN.com

About Plum Analytics
Plum Analytics was founded in early 2012 as an independent company dedicated to the development of new metrics for evaluating research outputs. Working to provide new ways to answer questions about the impact of research and to help researchers reclaim the narratives of their research, the company quickly established a reputation as a pioneer in this field. EBSCO, a content aggregator, acquired Plum Analytics in 2014. That partnership provided important metric contributions including Usage metrics from their content, Clinical Citations from their clinical information service. Today Plum Analytics gathers metrics, known as PlumX Metrics, from dozens of scholarly sources, media channels and social media, providing a fast, diverse and thorough approach to measuring research performance. With the acquisition by Elsevier in February 2017, there is a strong ability to grow and use metrics from Elsevier and integrate with the research intelligence products.

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