CABI and PlumX Partner in Pilot Program

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Modern Metrics Will Measure CABI Authors’ Research Output in Innovative Ways

Scientists at CABI will be able to gauge the impact of their agricultural and environmental research in several unique ways by partnering with PlumX from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company. As part of a six-month pilot program, CABI is using PlumX metrics to measure the recent research of its authors and is showcasing their articles and books on CAB Direct, its scientific research portal. PlumX’s Plum Print data visualization tool will provide clear feedback on how the articles and books were consumed, providing timely information on usage, citations, captures, mentions and social media output.

PlumX analytics measure research impact in a variety of electronic media, which keeps pace with the real-time nature of the Web-based world where academic research is increasingly accessed. Cristina Ashby, Head of Publishing Platforms at CABI, remains confident that using alternative metrics to measure this impact will provide CABI and its researchers with a realistic picture of how research is being used. “The analytics provided by PlumX help us to see what is happening with our scientists’ work almost immediately. Research can be accessed and used through many different avenues these days, and it’s exciting as well as informative to know that now it can be measured in ways that complement citation counts.”

Mike Buschman, Co-Founder of Plum Analytics, says that in addition to the immediate feedback to researchers, PlumX provides a value-added informational tool for all the stakeholders in an institution’s research. “PlumX metrics are an important new tool for all parties in the scholarly research chain, including researchers; offices of research; libraries, corporate research and development; research institutes, grant writers and funders; publishers; and abstracting and indexing providers. All of these bodies want to understand how their authors are doing and what insight they can gain from new, modern metrics—especially for more recent articles that have not yet been heavily cited.

For more information on the research metrics that are available through PlumX, 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 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.

About CABI
CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Our 48 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include International Development and Publishing. CABI produces key scientific publications, including CAB Abstracts – the world-leading abstracting and indexing database covering applied life sciences. We also publish multimedia compendia, books, eBooks and full text electronic resources aiming to further science and its application to real life. CABI invests its publishing surpluses directly into development projects, helping to improve livelihoods worldwide.

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