About Metrics

The landscape around alternative metrics (altmetrics) has evolved rapidly.  It has gone from an #altmetrics twitter hashtag in 2011 to a key component in research evaluation at many institutions. These modern metrics that move beyond citation counts and journal impact factor are here to stay.

Modern metrics give a more comprehensive and holistic view of impact. These new metrics are more timely than citation metrics and can keep pace with new formats faster than the entrenched, legacy practices. They are now available to provide fresh insights into how research is interacted with, shared, commented on, promoted, and more.

PlumX gathers and brings together appropriate metrics for all types of scholarly research output.

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

Examples of each type are:

  • Metrics_Icons_UsageUsage – clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays Learn more
  • Metrics_Icons_CapturesCaptures – bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers Learn more
  • Mentions – blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links Learn more
  • Metrics_Icons_SocialMediaSocial media – +1s, likes, shares, tweets Learn more
  • Metrics_Icons_CitationsCitations – citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations Learn more

Metrics in Action

You can embed these metrics into your institutional repository through our PlumX Metrics product.

If you are interested in correlating and reporting metrics at a group or collection level (e.g., lab, department, museum, journal, etc.), then you should look at our PlumX Dashboards product.

If you’re interested in using metrics around grant funded research (either as the funder or the recipient of funds), then PlumX +Grants has the functionality to put these metrics into the context of grants.