Plum Analytics acquired by EBSCO

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EBSCO Information Services has acquired altmetrics firm Plum Analytics.

Plum Analytics is the provider of PlumX, a product that is said to deliver a more complete picture of research and answers questions about research impact for anyone including researchers, librarians, administrators, and funders.

PlumX gathers metrics across five categories: usage, mentions, captures, social media and citations. Metrics are gathered around what Plum Analytics calls artifacts. These artifacts include: blog posts; book chapters; books; cases; clinical trials; conference papers; datasets; figures; grants; interviews; letters; media; patents; posters; presentations; source code; theses / dissertations; videos; and webpages.

The information collected is presented in a variety of ways including data visualisations, dashboards, and widgets.

Following the acquisition, Plum Analytics will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBSCO Information Services and will continue to operate as Plum Analytics with the same products and management. 

Andrea Michalek, Plum Analytics' co-founder and CEO said: 'Teaming up with the leading content and analysis provider for libraries and scholarly publishers in order to move to a new era of scholarly impact metrics helps us take the power of PlumX to the next level and realise new ways of assessing and analysing research. With EBSCO's deep content assets and usage data, this is a natural enhancement to the data that PlumX collects around research.'