IPSWICH, Mass. — June 5, 2014 — Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, introduces a new way to visualize research impact. The Plum Print will take the data available in Plum Analytics' product PlumX and visually illustrate the impact of a given artifact – an article, presentation, or other types of research, making it easy to see valuable information in one place.
The Plum Print is comprised of five circles representing each of the five categories of metrics that are tracked in PlumX: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The size of each circle corresponds to the number of metrics in that category, allowing users to quickly visualize the relative number of metrics or see if a particular category has any metrics. More detailed information about the metrics in each category is available simply by moving the mouse over the Plum Print.
Plum Analytics President Andrea Michalek says that the Plum Print helps turn a vast amount of metrics into meaningful information. "Our goal is to gather metrics and to present them in a way that makes it easier to understand the complex set of data. By using data visualization tools like the Plum Print, it is easier to navigate the data sets and the impact is easier to grasp."
In addition to adding the Plum Print, the PlumX artifact page has been updated to make it easier to gauge impact. The metrics PlumX collects are presented in a variety of ways including data visualizations, such as the sunburst that is used to visualize a specific researcher's output, dashboards and widgets.
Plum Analytics is the only company synthesizing this metrics data for custom analysis for each institution and for publishers. For more information about PlumX and Plum Analytics, please visit: http://www.plumanalytics.com.
About Plum Analytics
Plum Analytics was founded in 2012 with the vision of bringing modern ways of measuring research impact to individuals and organizations that use and analyze research. By carefully designing and deliberately collecting the big data created when individuals interact with research, Plum Analytics delivers products and services that provide contemporary information about research impact. Plum Analytics gathers metrics (often called altmetrics) about research from more than thirty sources including PLOS, PubMed and YouTube, and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. Its product, PlumX, is an impact dashboard that provides information on how research output is being utilized, interacted with, and talked about around the world. For more information, visit www.plumanalytics.com.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET, EBSCO's total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 600,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering superior relevance ranking and greater customization than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.