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Altmetrics: Altmetrics at TTU: PlumX

Altmetrics refers to alternate measures of scholarly significance other than traditional measures of citation impact such as impact factor.

PlumX at TTU

To access Texas Tech's PlumX, visit:

Types of Artifacts

For PlumX, research outputs = artifacts

As of 2018, they track 67 different types of artifacts. These include: 

  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • Books and Book chapters
  • Case studies
  • Clinical Trials
  • Datasets
  • Patents
  • Podcasts
  • Posters
  • Presentations and Slide Decks
  • Source Code
  • Thesis/Dissertations
  • Videos
  • Webpages

For the full list of artifacts that PlumX is able to track visit: 

About PlumX

PlumX is a subscription-based platform for tracking research impact. PlumX gathers and brings together altmetrics for a wide variety of scholarly research outputs (see Types of Artifacts).  

They categorize metrics into 5 separate types: 

Metrics_Icons_Usage Usage (e.g. clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays)

Metrics_Icons_Captures Captures (e.g. bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers)

Metrics_Icons_Mentions Mentions (e.g. blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links)

Metrics_Icons_SocialMedia Social media (e.g. +1s, likes, shares, tweets)

Metrics_Icons_Citations Citations (e.g. citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations)

How to Use PlumX: Create your profile

On PlumX, each researcher has their own profile, which contains that researcher's artifacts and those artifacts' metrics. 

To build the collection of research articles, we can tie the PlumX profile to other online IDs/profiles, such as ORCID, Scopus, and SSRN, or directly enter information for individual artifacts, through DOIs, ISBNs, PMIDs, URLs, etc.   PlumX profiles can also include links to other profiles, like a lab website, twitter account, LinkedIn account, although metrics will not be tracked for these external profiles. 

It's easy to create your profile and view your metrics. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Navigate your browser to PlumX at Tech.

  2. Use your eRaider to log in.

  3. Begin creating a new profile by selecting the "Create a new profile" button. If a profile has already been created for you, you will be given the option to "Claim a Profile." If you don't want to create or claim a profile just yet and just want to look around, you can click "Remind me later."

  4. If you claim a profile, you will be directed to your profile page.

    1. If not, you can just click your name on the upper right hand corner of the page and select "My Profile" to be taken here. To edit your profile, click the "Edit This Profile" link at the top of the page.

    2. You can also unclaim a profile if, for example, you realized that the profile you claimed is not your own. The profile can also be deleted, and you can embed a widget.

  5. If you are a creating new profile, you will be taken to a blank Edit Profile page.

  6. On the Edit Profile page, you can update how your name displays, add an image of yourself, and include links to your other scholarly profiles. On this page you can also add records about articles and other scholarly work that you want to track.

    1. Good news: If you are already an avid user of sites like ORCID,  ThinkTech (Dspace), SSRN, Scopus, or SlideShare, you can connect your PlumX profile to these sites. It will then automatically import artifacts into your PlumX profile. This is the quickest way to import your article information.

    2. You can also add artifacts individuals using DOIs, ISBNs, or URL

  7. Start exploring your metrics!


For more information on building your profile, see the link below or contact the Digital Publishing Librarian.


Questions or Want help creating a profile

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This page was adapted from guides from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh and the Mayo Clinic Libraries.