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Altmetrics: Plum Analytics

Learn how to measure the impact and attention of your research.

Introducing PlumX from Plum Analytics

Clinical Citations Telling the Story of Clinical Impact

Clinical Citations Telling the Story of Clinical Impact | May 26 2016

* This video is 57 minutes.

How to Integrate Plum Analytics

PlumX Metrics and the artifact widget is free of charge to non-commercial open access journals and regional repositories, upon request and approval.  The artifact widget is easy to embed and has several different styling options for your webpages.  Take a look at a version of the widget in action here.

The widget is also available to data providers and platform partners.  If you’re interested in using our widget and/or becoming a metric source, let us know!

Simply email us at for more information.  Please provide your journal or platform name, URL, and contact information.

About Plum Analytics


PlumX is a subscription-based platform for tracking research impact. PlumX gathers and brings together appropriate metrics for all types of scholarly research output.

They categorize metrics into 5 separate types: Citations, Usage, Captures, Mentions, and Social Media.

Examples of each type are:



  • 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.

Examples: citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations, policy citations Learn more


  • Usage – A way to signal if anyone is reading the articles or otherwise using the research. Usage is the number one statistic researchers want to know after citations.

Examples: clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays Learn more


  • Captures – Indicates that someone wants to come back to the work. Captures can be an leading indicator of future citations.

Examples: bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers Learn more

  • Mentions – Measurement of activities such as news articles or blog posts about research. Mentions is a way to tell that people are truly engaging with the research.

Examples: blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia references, news media Learn more


  • 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.

Examples: shares, likes, comments, tweets Learn more