Building profiles in PlumX

For our customers, we have mechanisms in place for bulk importing data from existing systems to fuel:

  • What is the hierarchy of data that you are interested in?
  • What researchers are affiliated with the different groups?
  • What artifacts are associated with particular researchers or groups?

Many of our customers use a combination of automated bulk loads paired with augmenting the profiles after they were created.

This blog post does not cover any of these bulk import mechanisms, but instead describes the web based tools we have for building and maintaining profiles directly.

There are two main types of profiles in PlumX:  groups and researchers.

We support the following types of groups:

  • University
  • Institute
  • Museum
  • Department
  • Lab
  • Company
  • Publisher
  • Journal
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Collection

This flexibility gives us the ability to create a hierarchy that solves for the needs of our university, corporate, and publisher customers.  We can model the hierarchy to enable viewing consolidated metrics and visualizations at any level of the hierarchy.

Each researcher, can be affiliated with one or more groups.  Basic biographical information can be added to each researcher.


Both researchers and groups can have a set of custom profile links that will be displayed on their profile page.


The heart of building profiles with PlumX is associating artifacts with the groups or researchers.  In many cases this is done through bulk loading mechanisms, but in the case where it is being created or maintained interactively, the there are many ways to add data.

Pulling in Lists of Artifacts

  • Upload BibTex file- When exporting a profile from Google Scholar or a set of articles from a reference management tool, this is often the fastest route.
  • ORCID – Simply add your ORCID, and PlumX will pull in each of those artifacts.
  • Microsoft Academic Search – Add the author id to your profile in Microsoft Academic Search, and PlumX will pull in the list of artifacts.

Article Identifiers

  • DOIs
  • Pub Med Ids
  • Patent Ids


  • Slideshare – You can pull in all presentations for a slideshare account or select specific presentations by URL


  • YouTube – You can pull in all videos by user id, or select specific videos by URL
  • Vimeo – Lots of options here.  You can select by user, group, channel, or particular videos.


  • ISBNs
  • OCLC numbers

Figures and Data Sets

  • Dryad – simply add the URL of what you would like to track
  • figshare – add the figshare id of articles you want to claim


  • GitHub – add either a user id, url to a repository, or the id of a repository
  • SourceForge – add a repository id


  • PlumX allows for any URL to be a contribution.  We are constantly improving our web crawling and metrics harvesting ability to support tracking of any URL.  Common uses for this include tracking blog entries, popular press about your blog, PDFs that are directly downloadable, etc.