Journals and PlumX Metrics

Oleksii O. Tymofieieva, ... João Luiz Gomes Carneiro Monteiroc more
a Oleksii O. Tymofieiev

Editor in Chief, DTJournal; Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail: (Oleksii Tymofieiev)

b Ievgen I. Fesenko

Managing Editor, DTJournal, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail: (Ievgen Fesenko)

c João Luiz Gomes Carneiro Monteiro

Web & Social Media Editor, DTJournal, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil and Boston, MA, USA. E-mail: (João Luiz Monteiro)

September 30, 2019

J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2019;A11.

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Tymofieiev OO, Fesenko II, Monteiro JLGC. Journals and PlumX metrics. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2019;3(9):A11.


Information technology is at the core of how you do your business and how your business model itself evolves.

―Satya Nadella

CEO, Microsoft


Plum Analytics (also known as PlumX) is an online tool which belongs to altmetrics (full term: alternative metrics) data providers and measures of hidden research impact based on online activity—such as saving of papers in Mendeley, downloads, social media sites (Facebook, Twitter), and blogs.1,2 PlumX history: founded in 2012 by Andrea Michalek and Mike Buschman, acquired by EBSCO Information Services in 2014, and final acquisition by Elsevier happened in 2017.3 PlumX was successfully integrated into Elsevier`s products, including Scopus, ScienceDirect, Pure, Mendeley, and SciVal.4 PlumX categories of metrics are: citations, usage, captures, mentions, and social media.5


So, how PlumX works we can see on the example of Elsevier’s gold open access journal focused on head and neck surgery – Otolaryngology Case Reports.6 The journal’s official webpage contains PlumX link to the article of Barber et al.7 Article`s metrics details included: usage – 13 (twelve abstract views and one link-out), captures – 2, and social media – 1 (in Twitter).8 Category ‘Usage’ represents clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, and video plays.5 Category ‘Captures’ shows bookmarks, favorites, reference manager saves, and watchers.5 Category ‘Social media’ means likes, shares, and tweets.5


So, it`s an honor to editorial staff of DTJournal and OMF Publishing company to congratulate Elsevier with implementation of a powerful altmetrics tool which definitely helps individual researchers uncover the full impact of their work.1 Furthermore, researchers who know how their project is impacting the scientific community get inspired to do their best in future projects.



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  2. Priem J. Altmetrics. In: Cronin B, Sugimoto C. R, editors. Beyond bibliometrics: harnessing the multidimensional indicators of scholarly impact. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; 2014.

  3. Carpenter TA. Plum goes orange – Elsevier acquires Plum Analytics [document on the internet]; February 02, 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: Link

  4. Staff. Elsevier continues to expand journal analytics through acquisition [document on the internet]; February 03, 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: Link

  5. McCullough R. PlumX metrics API now available for Scopus subscribers [document on the internet]; July 02, 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: Link

  6. Fesenko II. Gold open access journal focused on head and neck surgery: analysis of business model and level of article processing charges during the first 31 months of publishing. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2019;3:202−12. Link

  7. Barber S, Kopach P, Genega E, Carroll T. Low grade spindle cell sarcoma of the true vocal folds. Otolaryngology Case Reports 2018;7:13–5. Link

  8. PlumX metrics: Low grade spindle cell sarcoma of the true vocal folds [document on the internet]; 2018 [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: Link