We recently created an infographic to describe the research and metrics that PlumX covers. In that process we took a look at how many books and book chapters PlumX tracks.
As you can see above, PlumX tracks 4.1 million books and book chapters. Along with altmetrics that apply to all types of research output we have some book specific metrics.
- WorldCat — shows how many libraries hold a book
- Amazon.com — tells the reviews and ratings
- Goodreads — tracks the readers, ratings and reviews
- EBSCO eBooks — usage statistics
While many think that Amazon and Goodreads are platforms for popular literature, there are also many books created by faculty members and other researchers. The metrics from these platforms help tell the story of the research. Here is an example.
Dr. Dennis Charney, is a prominent researcher from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is a co-author on the book, “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges.” Giving the view into the reviews and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon is a window into how readers are interacting with your book and potentially pointing to information on the societal impact of this book.
We have more numbers to share.