EBSCO’s PlumX Update

A while back we looked at EBSCO’s PlumX Metrics as a way to find out an article’s popularity and how many times researchers have cited it.

In this post we did a simple search on English language learners and found this article. We looked for the flower graphic in the article’s record. We are mostly interested in the orange-red “petal” (citations).

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Clicking on the graphic will breakdown how readers have interacted with the text. Interestingly, some readers have saved this article to Mendeley, and Scopus says it has been cited by 11 researchers.PlumX Metrics2.png

Scopus lists the researchers who have cited the article. CrossRef seems to be the other citation indexer but it is not very informative.

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This is how Mendeley presents its interactions with the text. The Readership Statistics box makes interesting reading. If you scroll down you will see articles of a similar nature saved by others readers.

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PlumX is all about looking at the overall impact of an article. The article below is not about English language learners, it came up on a search on President Trump and generated no citations at all but was very popular on Twitter – you can see who tweeted and retweeted news.

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Depending on your purpose PlumX can be useful tool but it does pay to know what the “petal” colors mean:

  • green = usage
  • purple = captures
  • mustard = mentions (blogs)
  • teal = Social media (tweets)
  • orange-red = citations.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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