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Plum Analytics at Mount Sinai: Metrics Types, Sources, and Outputs

Metrics Types

Plum’s metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with research output online. The growth of online research and the use of social media has given rise to new metrics such as online usage, captures, article views, and social media shares. Taken together, altmetrics and traditional metrics can provide a more complete view of the impact of research. 

Plum captures five types of metrics: usage (clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays); captures (bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers); mentions (blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links); social media (+1s, likes, shares, tweets); and citations (from PubMed Central, Scopus, patents, etc.). To learn more about the types of metrics captured, visit the About PlumX Metrics page.

Metrics Types

Types of Research Artifacts

Researchers have many forms of scholarly output, covering much more than journal articles and books.  Research artifacts are considered any research output that is available online. 

Plum gathers metrics on 67 different types of research artifacts including: abstracts, conference papers, videos, presentations, data sets, blog posts, software code, grants, guidelines, lectures, media files, and more. 

Capturing data for many types of scholarly outputs in addition to journals and books creates a more complete picture of a researcher’s scholarly activities.