ORCID and Plum™ Analytics Work Together to Maximize Information Available About Scholarly Activities

Researchers Can Connect Their ORCID Identifiers with PlumX Profile

IPSWICH, Mass.September 4, 2014—Researchers can now easily connect with their scholarly activities and contribution while also tracking the metrics from their work by using the combination of Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) and PlumX™, from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company. The integration of the two services allows all of the metrics from the public work associated with a particular ORCID identifier to be collected when the identifier is added to a PlumX profile.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique and persistent researcher identifiers. ORCID works with the community to embed these identifiers in research workflows and systems to connect researchers with their scholarly activities and contributions. It allows researchers to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names by creating a unique ORCID record.

Similarly, researchers can create PlumX profiles to track information on how their research output is being utilized, interacted with, and talked about around the world. The impact dashboard delivers a more complete picture of research and answers questions about research impact by gathering “altmetrics” or “alternative metrics” which are metrics around artifacts such as articles, clinical trials, blog posts, grants, books, theses/dissertations, webpages and more. The altmetrics are then categorized into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations.

Plum Analytics President Andrea Michalek says the integration of ORCID and PlumX profiles makes it simple to track the work of researchers at a particular institution. “PlumX uses the ORCID API to retrieve the list of the researcher’s public works that have already been established in ORCID and then the information is used to create a PlumX profile. This allows researchers and institutions to access the metrics associated with those works through PlumX.”

Executive Director of ORCID Laure Haak says working with PlumX will provide more information to researchers. “ORCID addresses a problem shared by individuals and organizations across the research community: reliably connecting a researcher with their research, by embedding persistent identifiers into key research workflows. PlumX consumes ORCID-tagged data and provides a presentation layer that researchers can use to see who is using and talking about their research.”

In the future, Plum Analytics will be working with ORCID to create PlumX profiles for every ORCID profile so when an institution becomes a PlumX customer, its researcher profiles that exist in ORCID will already be established. Plum Analytics is the only company synthesizing metrics data for custom analysis for each organization and for publishers and presenting the metrics in a variety of ways including data visualizations, dashboards, and widgets. For more information about PlumX and Plum Analytics, please visit: www.plumanalytics.com.

ORCID (http://orcid.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an open registry of unique person identifiers for researchers and scholars, and to working collaboratively with the research community to embed ORCID identifiers in workflows. ORCID identifiers connect researchers and scholars with their contributions by incorporation into the metadata of publications and other works. ORCID was founded in 2010, a product of conversations among publishers, research funders, professional associations, universities, repositories, researchers, and data providers, who together determined that to solve the name ambiguity problem in scholarly and research communication required an organization that represented the entire research community without proprietary interest. ORCID spans sectors, disciplines, organizations, and nations. It is a community-driven effort to implement a standard and persistent representation of an individual contributor’s name, and to link that standard to others, such as document and dataset identifiers, research sample identifiers, grant identifiers, association membership, other person identifiers, and other research activities as determined by the community. Together these linkages support attribution and discoverability across the research and scholarly community.

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