Have you noticed this symbol next to resources in your search results list?

Image of PlumX Metrics logo

This symbol is usually displayed to the right of the full-text link. PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact online with individual pieces of research, like articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters.

Please note: use the green Available button or the PDF Full Text/HTML Full Text button to access the full article.

PlumX uses five categories of metrics:

Usage Metrics

Is anyone reading the work? This includes all the views, clicks, downloads, and even library holdings.

Capture Metrics

When someone bookmarks or favourites an article, this indicates that they want to come back to the article and is an early indicator of future citations.

Mention Metrics

These are the blog posts, comments, reviews, and Wikipedia links, measuring when people are engaging and interacting with the research.

Social Media Metrics

By tracking +1s, likes, shares, and tweets, you can see how well an article is being promoted. These also allow you to see the 'buzz' and attention around certain research.

Citation Metrics

A traditional metric, showing how many times an article has been cited by others.















Hover over the PlumX Metrics symbol for an at a glance view of how popular a particular article is and where it’s been read, referenced or shared:

Example of PlumX metrics

Click on the PlumX Metrics symbol for more details, showing breakdowns of the individual metrics, an article summary, and recent social media activity:

Screenshot of PlumX metrics and a journal article