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FAU Libraries' Scholarly Communication Program: PlumX at FAU


FAU Libraries is now working with Plum Analytics to provide altmetrics for scholarly works by the FAU community. These metrics go beyond traditional citations and journal impact by measuring awareness and dissemination of research outputs in real time. See the Assessment of Research Impact guide for more information on altmetrics.

We are currently pilot testing PlumX. Please contact

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​PlumX covers many types of research output, including journal articles, books, chapters, presentations, videos, government documents, patents, and conference proceedings. See Coverage for more details.

You can view metrics from your researcher profile page. You can look at the totals for all of your items, or look at just one item type. You can even look at the metrics for just one article by clicking on its title on your profile.

Category Description Metric Examples Source Examples
Usage A way to signal if anyone is reading the articles or otherwise using the research. Clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays EBSCO, CABI, SSRN, PloS, RePEc, SciELO, SSRN


Indicates that someone wants to come back to the work. Bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers Deicious, Slideshare, SoundCloud, Youtube, Github, Mendeley, Vimeo
Mentions Measurement of activities such as news articles or blog posts about research. Blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links, news media  Blog lists curated by PlumX, Reddit, News source lists curated by PlumX, Wikipedia, Amazon. See Mentions for links to curated lists
Social Media Includes the tweets, Facebook likes, etc. that reference the research.  +1s, likes, shares, tweets Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, GooglePlus, Figshare, Reddit.
Citations This is a category contains both traditional citation indexes as well as citations that help indicate societal impact such as Clinical or Policy Citations. Citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations, policy citations. CrossRef, PubMed Centeral, RePEc, Scopus, USPTO.
Creating and Editing a Profile

FAU Libraries will use PlumX to track the usage of scholarly works created by the FAU community. Basic profiles have been created for most FAU researchers. These profiles have been created using public information from FAU faculty profiles and SCOPUS Researcher IDs. Profiles should be reviewed and updated by the researcher. 

  1. Navigate your browser to the FAU site, You can get access to the site on campus.
  2. Log in using your FAU NETID.
  3. If you do not see any profile information or the one suggested is not you, just start creating a fresh profile using the "Create a new profile" button. 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". See Creating a Basic Profile instructions.
  4. If a profile was created for you,  select "claim your profile." Once you claim your profile, you can edit your profile. If some of your works are indexed in Scopus, you may already have some metrics. **Please review your profile for accuracy.***  
  5. On the Edit Profile page, you can update how your name displays, add or change an image of yourself, and include links to your other scholarly profiles.
  6. On this page you can also add records about articles and other scholarly works that you want to track. When possible, automate the import of your work from other systems by adding identifies such as an ORCID iD or SCOPUS Researcher IDThe Library recommends that you maintain a current ORCID record, which will populate your PlumX profile. See ORCID information below.

For a quick guide to the profile page please watch the University of Pittsburgh Libraries' PlumX Metrics Tour Video on Please note that you will not be able to embed the widget during the pilot phase.


Register NOW and get your unique ORCID identifier in 30 seconds. 

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributer ID) is a free and open registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars. Unlike Google Scholar,, or ResearchGate, ORCID is NOT primarily a research profile system (although it can serve that purpose). In fact, having and using an ORCID iD will facilitate the maintenance of researcher profiles that you already have. 

Registered? Now, make the most out of your ORCID iD:

  • Add information that is important to distinguish you and improve the functionality of the ORCID search and link wizards: your name variations, multiple email addresses, and organizational affiliations. See Six Ways to Make Your ORCID iD Work for You!
  • You can set visibility settings at the item level. However, in order to allow interoperability with other services such as ImpactStory and PlumX, you will need to make your ORCID record public.
  • Add your works to your record in two ways: by using one or more of the Import Wizards and by adding works manually. 

See more instructional videos on the ORCID Vimeo channel.  .