April 30, 2017

Altmetrics: Plum Analytics Acquired by Elsevier

Note: Plum Analytics has been acquired by Elsevier. The altmetrics provided had been part of EBSCO since January 2014.

From an Introductory Post by Andrea Michalek, Co-Founder of Plum Analytics:

Combining with Elsevier means we can take our approach to measuring research impact to a wider audience. We will benefit from greater development resources and access to a global network. Our founding vision was to bring modern ways of measuring research impact to individuals and organizations that use and analyze research. I’m incredibly proud that we achieved this, and I’m looking forward to this exciting new chapter with Elsevier.

For current Plum Analytics customers and users, moving over from EBSCO to Elsevier will just be business as usual.

Michalek goes on to write:

I believe combining with Elsevier will help our customers and the adoption of altmetrics industry-wide in important ways. We will be sharing our plans in more detail over the coming months, but we anticipate leveraging the rich data from Elsevier as well as continuing to tell a more complete story of how research is being engaged with. PlumX already includes Capture metrics from Mendeley and Citation metrics from Scopus.

Read the Complete Post by Andrea Michalek (approx. 895 words)
Includes company timeline.

More Fom Michalek in a Blog Post on the Plum Analytics Site:

We believe this change will help you in important ways. We will be sharing our future plans in more detail over the coming months. Here are some things we can look forward to.

  • We will start to see “altmetrics” moving more into the mainstream as it is aligned with more traditional research metrics.
  • As we benefited from rich data from EBSCO as a source of usage and clinical citations, we anticipate leveraging the rich data from Elsevier as well to continue to tell a more complete story of how research is being engaged with. PlumX already includes Capture metrics from Mendeley and Citation metrics from Scopus. You can expect the level of integration to go up, and the PlumX metrics to also be included in Elsevier’s leading research products –Mendeley, ScopusScienceDirect, SciVal and Pure, as well as Elsevier’s leading journal and society partner sites.
  • We will have the opportunity to better explore the relationships between newer research metrics and traditional research metrics. As we make important discoveries, we will share them with you and incorporate them into our products.

Here’s the official news release from Elsevier.

In December 2016, Elsevier Introduced“CiteScore” Impact Metrics for 22,000 Academic Journals Indexed in Scopus

See Also:  Plum Goes Orange – Elsevier Acquires Plum Analytics (via The Scholarly Kitchen)

See Also: Preprints: Elsevier Acquires Social Science Research Network (SSRN) (May 17, 2016)

See Also: Elsevier is Acquiring Mendeley (April 9, 2013)

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