November 17, 2017

New Journal Article: “PlumX as a Potential Tool to Assess the Macroscopic Multidimensional Impact of Books”

The following full text article was recently published by Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics.

Title

PlumX as a Potential Tool to Assess the Macroscopic Multidimensional Impact of Books

Authors

Daniel Torres-Salinas
Universidad de Navarra, Spain
Universidad de Granada, Spain

Christian Gumpenberger
Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, Vienna University Library, University of Vienna

Juan Gorraiz
Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies, Vienna University Library, University of Vienna

Source

Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics
July 3, 2016
doi:10.3389/frma.2017.00005

Abstract

The main purpose of this macro-study is to shed light on the broad impact of books. For this purpose, the impact of a very large collection of books (more than 200,000) has been analyzed by using PlumX, an analytical tool providing a great number of different metrics provided by various tools. Furthermore, the study also describes the changes in the values of the most significant measures and indicators over time. The results show that the usage counts in comparison to the other metrics are quantitatively predominant. Catalog holdings and reviews represent a book’s most characteristic measures deriving from its increased level of impact in relation to prior results. Our results also corroborate the long half-life of books within the scope of all metrics, excluding views and social media. Despite some disadvantages, PlumX has proved to be a very helpful and promising tool for assessing the broad impact of books, especially because of how easy it is to enter the ISBN directly as well as its algorithm to aggregate all the data generated by the different ISBN variations.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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