Plum Analytics Acquired by EBSCO


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.

1,000 Downloads at SSRN

Today I hit 1,000 downloads at the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)!

I uploaded my first paper to SSRN in January 2009, in the middle of my second year as a PhD student. I added my tenth and most recent paper to SSRN in May 2012. Below is a summary of statistics for my papers at SSRN during this roughly 40 month period.

Paper Title Views Downloads
Institutional Change: A Review and Evaluation of Research Designs from 1977-2007           445            149
Phenomenology and Institutional Theory: Should Institution Be Taken for Granted?           477            130
Explaining Institutional Perception: The Role of Ego Development in Institutional Entrepreneurship           689            135
Complexity Arrangements for Sustained Innovation: Lessons from 3M Corporation           670            206
Categorization by Association: Nuclear Technology and Emission Free Electricity           471            132
Procrustean Transformations: Climategate, Scientific Controversies and Hope           212              35
Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational           277              85
The Global Reporting Initiative: 1997-2009           177              66
Values Work: A Process Study of the Emergence and Performance of Organizational Values Practices           196              53
Fracking Patents: The Emergence of Patents as Information Containment Tools in Shale Drilling             34                9
Totals        3,648          1,000

Overall I was ranked 18,144 out of 187,915 authors by downloads. Among the top 30,000 authors, over the last 12 months, I was ranked 8,831 by total new downloads, 5,643 by new downloads per paper, and 2,874 by number of new papers. Among the top 12,000 authors in the field of business, over the last 12 months, I was ranked 3,154 by total new downloads, 2,301 by new downloads per paper, and 589 by number of new papers.

Assessing Scholarly Impact

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.