Altmetrics, or “alternative metrics,” represent
an emerging field of new methods for measuring the impact and usage of
scholarly works. Based on the results of a faculty survey and a trial of
providing altmetrics to articles in ScholarsArchive@OSU, the OSU Libraries are
looking forward to using PlumX to provide article-level, and optionally
institutional-level, altmetrics to all scholarly works produced by OSU
On February 2 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the
Willamette Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library, Victor Castellanos
from Plum Analytics will give a presentation about PlumX, a suite of programs
that use modern metrics to help answer questions about research impact,
engagement and visibility. The presentation will be followed with a live demo
of the product and a Q&A session.
Altmetrics have a number of advantages compared
to citation-based measures including speed of accumulation, breadth of impact,
and diversity of research products (software and videos).
Plum Analytics, a division of EBSCO Information
Services, designs a suite of programs called PlumX that tracks and gathers
metrics in five different categories related to their usage, captures,
mentions, social media and citations.
The presenter has more than fifteen years of
experience working with academic, corporate and medical libraries as well as
offices of research and sponsored programs, and he has experience with funding
opportunities software to locate financing for research and helping academic
institutions promote research by providing bibliographic reference management