Last Thursday, Google released its 2018 Scholar Metrics. These ratings cover articles published between 2013-2017 inclusive and their citations indexed as of July 2018. Several of my articles were included. Although this will be the last year my AMJ article is in the 5-year ratings, the other two will be around for another one and two years respectively.
About two years ago, I wrote about the launch of Plum Analytics. Part of the altmetrics movement, the company was co-founded by my friend and former colleague, Andrea Michalek, together with her business partner Mike Buschman. Their goal was “making scholarly research more assessable and accessible.” Today EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announced that “Plum Analytics has become a wholly-owned subsidiary.” Congratulations to Andrea, Mike and the entire Plum team!
According to an email announcement from Plum Analytics: “We are excited about this big change because it will help us have the resources to realize the bright future we have for Plum Analytics, PlumX and other products we envision.” I for one cannot wait to see how PlumX continues to evolve. As you can see from my PlumX profile, there is already a lot to like about the product. It brings together some of the best parts of services like Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Klout, ORCID, Journal Citation Reports and ImpactStory, but goes much further.
“As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Plum Analytics will continue to operate as we have. That is, Mike Buschman and Andrea Michalek will still be at the helm guiding the direction of the company and the development of the products. The current engineering team will stay in place and will get some much needed help.”
If you haven’t already checked out Plum Analytics, I encourage you to do so.
My good friend and former colleague, Andrea Michalek, and her co-founder, Mike Buschman, have recently launched Plum Analytics, an altmetrics company, with the aim of “making scholarly research more assessable and accessible.” Think of it as Publish or Perish meets Peer Index or Klout. In short, Plum hopes to provide reputation and influence ratings for academic researchers.
The two co-founders met while leading the development of Summon, an online search engine for libraries. “I oversaw tech and Mike oversaw product,” said Michalek. “In about three-and-a-half years we went from the business plan to a $15 million business.”
At this point the service is in Alpha, meaning demonstrations are by appointment only. But already Plum Analytics is generating buzz and lining up university customers on the heals of its demo at Philly Tech Meetup. Initally, Plum Analytics does two things…
First, it aggregates all the content a researcher has published, such as papers indexed at Google Scholar and SSRN, slideshows, and blog posts. According to Michalek, “We gather from fourteen different sources, including Facebook, CiteULike, LinkedIn and Wikipedia.”
Second, it visualizes the impact of all that content, by analyzing how many responses or link backs each particular content item has received.