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Plum Analytics is a fee-based altmetrics provider that helps you identify how much and what type of attention a research output has received. NTU Libraries subscribed to PlumX Dashboard

More and more research output is happening outside the traditional journal or book. Plum Analytics or PlumX tracks more than books, journals, it tracks over 60 different types of artifacts including videos, presentations, conference proceedings, datasets, source code, cases and more. It also captures a wide range of metrics and categorize metrics into 5 separate types: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations. Examples of each type are:

  • Usage – clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays
  • Captures – bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers
  • Mentions – blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links
  • Social media – +1s, likes, shares, Tweets
  • Citations – PubMed Central, Scopus, USPTO

Below is an introductory video on what is PlumX.


When using OneSearch, you might have noticed a flower-like icon known as Plum Print in results list. Plum Print provides a visualized altmetrics of gathered for each research output (artifact). Hover the cursor key around Plum Print to see the metrics captured and click to see more details.


Below is an example of an article level metric page that I got from PlumX reports metrics like downloads and pageviews from other publishers like PubMeb, PLOS and EBSCO and also your institutional repository. For book, it shows metrics from WorldCat holdings, amazon and goodreads too.

PlumX Artifact Screen Shot

The “flower-like” icon is known as a Plum Print and if you hover around it, you can see the metrics relating to that Plum Print. Each “petal” represents one of 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.

Other than articles, plum print also displays altmetrics for other artifacts like books, reviews, etc.

Only artifacts that are part of EBSCO publishing and aggregation will have plum print metrics in OneSearch. If you wish to track other artifacts using PlumX, please get in touch with us.

PlumX allows you to create an author profile to track your own research, look at articles level metrics and also group authors in the same institution for ease of management. NTU had subscription to PlumX. Contact the library if you are interested to have a PlumX profile.

Embedding Widget

Items with metrics in OneSearch will now display a PlumPrint widget on the results page. When you mouse over the PlumPrint a summary of the metrics for that item will display. Click “see details” to go to the artifact-level metrics.

From this page, select “” and copied out the script to embed plum print on your website or with your research.

NTU subscription is kept private so only artifact level metrics can be embedded.

Q. I published my paper in arXiv and also has a pre-print copy in the institutional repository. Which version of article should I use to track my altmetrics?

PlumX tracks multiple versions of the same article. Examples:

  1. Pre-print repositories such as arXiv, SSRN, and RePEc
  2. Published version of record
  3. Green open access post-print repositories such as PubMed
  4. Green open access institutional repositories
  5. Versions in aggregated databases such as CINAHL and Business Source

It will merge the different records into the same record and track all the mentions for the different versions.

Q. What is persistent identifier? Why it is important for altmetrics?

DOIs and other unique, persistent identifiers not only provide persistent access to your artifact. It help altmetrics aggregators like PlumX pick up mentions of your reviews in the literature and on the social web.

Having a DOI associated with your output means that, even if your output’s URL were to change in the future, others can still find your work. That’s because DOIs are set up to resolve to an active URL when other URLs break.

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