13 April 2015 – Scientists at CABI will be able to gauge the impact of their agricultural and environmental research in several unique ways as CABI partners with PlumX from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company.

As part of a six-month pilot programme, CABI will be using PlumX metrics to measure the recent research of our scientists and authors, showcasing articles and books on CAB Direct, our scientific research portal. PlumX’s Plum Print data visualization tool will provide clear feedback on how the articles and books are consumed, providing timely information on usage, citations, captures, mentions and social media output.

PlumX analytics measure research impact in a variety of electronic media, which keeps pace with the real-time nature of the Web-based world where academic research is increasingly accessed. Cristina Ashby, Head of Publishing Platforms at CABI, is confident that using alternative metrics to measure this impact will provide CABI scientists with a realistic picture of how research is being used. “The analytics provided by PlumX help us to see what is happening with our scientists’ work almost immediately. Research can be accessed and used through many different avenues these days, and it’s exciting as well as informative to know that now it can be measured in ways that complement citation counts.”  

Mike Buschman, Co-Founder of Plum Analytics, says that in addition to the immediate feedback to researchers, PlumX provides a value-added informational tool for all the stakeholders in an institutionÂ’s research. “PlumX metrics are an important new tool for all parties in the scholarly research chain, including researchers; offices of research; libraries, corporate research and development; research institutes, grant writers and funders; publishers; and abstracting and indexing providers. All of these bodies want to understand how their authors are doing and what insight they can gain from new, modern metrics—especially for more recent articles that have not yet been heavily cited.”

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