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Engineering Village Adds PlumX Metrics

on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:03

PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output in the online environment. The metrics can be used to determine the reach or impact of a document when evaluating research articles.  Examples include, when research is mentioned in the news or is tweeted about online. Collectively known as PlumX Metrics, these metrics are divided into five categories to help make sense of the huge amounts of data and to enable analysis.  Metrics are categorized into 5 separate areas:

  • Usage – A way to signal if anyone is reading the article or otherwise using the research. Usage is the number one statistic researchers want to know after citations.  Examples of usage are clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays.
  • Captures – Indicates that someone wants to come back to the work. Captures can be a leading indicator of future citations.  Bookmarks and favorites are examples of Captures.
  • Mentions – Measurement of activities such as news articles or blog posts are Mentions. Mentions is a way to tell that people are truly engaging with the research.  Blog posts, comments, reviews, and news media are tracked as Mentions.
  • Social media -This category includes the tweets, Facebook likes, etc. that reference the research. Social Media can help measure “buzz” and attention.  Social media can also be a good measure of how well a particular piece of research has been promoted.
  • Citations – This is a category that contains both traditional citation indexes such as Scopus, as well as citations that help indicate societal impact such as Clinical or Policy Citations.

Steps for using PlumX Metrics within Engineering Village:

  1. Search on any topic.
  2. On the Results page select a record.
  3. The PlumX Metrics will be visible on the left side of the Record page.  If no metrics are available, the PlumX box will not show.  PlumX Metrics are available on the Abstract, Detailed and Compendex References pages.