Clinical Citations from Plum® Analytics Do What Traditional Citations Cannot

~ New Citation Category Helps Assess Clinical Impact to Tell the Stories of Clinical Research ~

IPSWICH, Mass.May 12, 2016Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company, continues to pioneer ways to measure the impact of research by tackling clinical impact with the introduction of a new area of citations: Clinical Citations. This will allow clinical and translational science researchers, and those who fund and publish their work, to track the research with the PlumX™ Suite when the work is cited in materials used for clinical purposes.

The PlumX Suite is a series of five altmetrics products that provide ways to assess and track research, find future funding opportunities and benchmark institutions. The products track metrics in five categories of metrics – Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The citations category traditionally includes scholarly indexes. Plum Analytics is the first altmetrics company to broaden the category to include Clinical Citations, instances where the research is cited in a clinical information resource to tell the story of clinical impact.

Plum Analytics Founder and President Andrea Michalek says that Clinical Citations gives these clinical and translational science researchers, funders and publishers an additional way to evaluate this research. “Plum Analytics was created to forge new ways to assess and talk about research and its impact. Clinical impact is a very important part of research impact that is overlooked or underserved. Clinical Citations are Plum Analytics’ latest innovation in assessing impact. Clinical Citations can help those who perform clinical research and translational science tell their stories and get credit for their research.”

The first Clinical Citations in PlumX are from DynaMed Plus® and others will follow. Clinicians rely upon DynaMed Plus to provide instant access to the most current evidence-based information at the point of care to ensure they are making the best decisions for their patients. PlumX conducts text mining of DynaMed Plus topics to see when that topic references a particular piece of research. When it does, PlumX counts it as a Clinical Citation for that study. If multiple topics reference the same study, that research will earn a higher Clinical Citation count. Researchers will be able to see a list of the topics along with links to them inDynaMed Plus from the PlumX Dashboards.

About Plum™ Analytics
Plum Analytics is a pioneer in the field of altmetrics, revealing research interest and usage beyond traditional measures. The company helps individuals and organizations that use, fund, support, perform, publish or analyze research obtain a broad-spectrum view of interest and usage in research through both immediate and historical perspectives. Plum Analytics gathers metrics about research from dozens of scholarly sources, media channels and social media tools, and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The complete PlumX Suite of five products delivers research output information based on the unique needs of each type of PlumX user. To learn more, visit

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: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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