Integrating PlumX Metrics in Your Repository: An Open Repositories Poster


We are at the Open Repositories meeting in Indianapolis, IN this week and are talking to many institutions about their repositories and integrating modern metrics into them.

We participated in the poster session on Tuesday evening with our poster, “Widget Integration in Open Repositories:  Real World Experiences with the PlumX Widget.”

This poster contains five stories about PlumX and integration:

  • Get Started
  • Researcher Profiles
  • Artifact Identity Resolution
  • Analyze
  • Integrate PlumX Where You Need It

Get Started

This section depicts our ability to start with your repository and mirror the structure in PlumX so you can see your metrics in the way that you want. A good example of this is the way that PlumX uses DSpace communities. You can read more about that in this blog post. Below is an example of structures that might be in PlumX.


Researcher Profiles

Here we are talking about automatically creating researcher profiles from any existing system. This includes open systems such as ORCID or Harvard Profile System as well as many other researcher profiling systems.


Artifact Identity Resolution

This section refers to the logic PlumX uses to find all relevant versions of a research article or artifact. For example, you might integrate a DOI from your repository into PlumX. PlumX will take the DOI and find other associated IDs such as a PMID so that metrics for multiple versions of the article can be found. PlumX can even start with a URL to and find DOIs and other IDs.



Once all of the versions of the artifacts are found and the metrics are gathered, PlumX creates a variety of analytic reports. These reports are downloadable as images or into PDFs.


Integrate PlumX Where You Need It

This is one of the most exciting parts of how PlumX integrates. PlumX widgets are a way to bring metrics into other important systems including repositories. PlumX supports multiple kinds of widgets, most noticeably the Plum Print. The Plum Print is the article or artifact level widget that is a visual representation of the metrics. Below is an example.


There are several versions of this Plum Print widget as well as author and group widgets. You can read more about these widgets in this blog post.

To view the poster in its entirety please go here.