PlumX Suite Now Available from Plum™ Analytics

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~ Group of Products Are Designed to Fit the Exact Needs of a Variety of Users ~

Measuring Research Impact
With the launch of the products in the PlumX Suite, we can move beyond article level metrics and help answer questions that could not be answered before

Plum™ Analytics introduces the PlumX Suite to ensure that the exact needs of the people and organizations that interact with research are met. The set of five products from Plum Analytics, an EBSCO Company, includes specific offerings that categorize and analyze research metrics for those that fund, perform, support or publish research.

Telling the story of research is becoming an increasingly important part of understanding the impact of that research. Traditionally, citation counts have been used to classify a study’s impact but this type of reporting is hindered by the lag time that often accompanies scholarly publishing as well as other issues. Plum Analytics uses real-time information to provide insights into what is happening with research for users that need information on how research output is being utilized, interacted with and talked about around the world for reporting and evaluation purposes, to help securing funding or for other reasons.

These insights include a more complete picture of research than citations alone, answering questions about research impact by gathering metrics from the places people interact with research artifacts such as articles, clinical trials, blog posts, grants, books, theses/dissertations, webpages and more. These metrics are then categorized into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations.

The PlumX Suite includes five products that were created to ensure that an individual user or organization had the precise tools to meet their needs.

The five products that comprise the PlumX Suite are:

  • PlumX Metrics – Focuses on helping library’s get more value from their institutional repository.
  • PlumX Dashboards – Helps all involved with research to understand the impact of their research without waiting years for citation information.
  • PlumX +Grants – Gives both grantmakers and foundations and research institutions greater insight about the impact and ROI of the grants they fund or receive.
  • Plum X Benchmarks – Designed to provide comparisons between institutions based on Plum Analytics’ five categories of metrics.
  • PlumX Funding Opportunities – Allows customers to find the right funding opportunities from popular funding sources in the U.S.

The PlumX Suite includes the only metrics products available that incorporate usage with other modern metrics and the data and analysis is more current in comparison to competitors because of the use of these modern metrics. Only PlumX Suite can provide research output and metrics categorized by grants; has user-defined groups and hierarchies; and offers a benchmarking product that includes non-citation metrics.

Plum Analytics Co-Founder and President Andrea Michalek says the PlumX Suite builds on the company’s commitment to provide users with the metrics they need. “We founded Plum Analytics with the vision of telling the full story of research and the impact it is having. We began with the building blocks of comprehensive metrics around each piece of research output, and built a strong foundation for categorizing, gathering, and analyzing this data. With the launch of the products in the PlumX Suite, we can move beyond article level metrics and help answer questions that could not be answered before. For example, PlumX +Grants can analyze output grant-by-grant to help determine the ROI. PlumX Benchmarks can compare like institutions’ recent research engagement across usage, social media, captures, mentions, and citations.”

To find more information about the PlumX Suite, go to the Plum Analytics website: http://www.plumanalytics.com/.

About Plum™ Analytics
Plum Analytics was founded in 2012 to bring modern ways of measuring research impact to individuals and organizations that use, fund, support, perform, publish or analyze research. Plum Analytics provides contemporary information about research impact and gather metrics (often called altmetrics) about research from more than 30 sources (including PLOS, PubMed and YouTube) and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The PlumX Suite is comprised of five products that ensure that information on research output is available to those that fund, perform, support or publish research based on the unique needs of each group. For more information, visit http://www.plumanalytics.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: http://www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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