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PlumX at UIS


PLumX at UIS


The PlumX altmetric tracking system is a tool to help faculty demonstrate how their research and other scholarship impact the broader academic community.  PlumX was selected as it allows for tracking metrics more than just citations, although it will provide citation metrics, as well.  

Specifically, PlumX gathers and brings together appropriate metrics for all types of scholarly research output. These metrics provide further insight into how your research is being utilized around the world, with emphasis on the following:

  • Usage - clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays
  • Captures - bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers
  • Mentions - blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links
  • Social Media - +1s, likes, shares, tweets
  • Citations - PubMed Central, Scopus, patents

To view a completed implementation of the PlumX tracking system, visit the University of Pittsburgh’s group profile.


Getting Started -- Claiming Your Profile

To get started editing your user account, you’ll need to claim your user profile. Please follow these steps:

To start, go to the UIS PlumX home page and log in using your NetID and Password.

To "get access to your profile to begin making changes, you first have to claim the profile or in PlumX terminology, "Claim Researcher.”  Click the gear icon on the upper right of the screen and choose Plumx will display the profile it believes is a match for you.  Click “Claim Researcher” to the right of the name. If you don’t see your profile, please contact Stephen McMinn at and we will assist you with claiming your profile.

Once you have claimed your profile, you can then add Researcher and Publication (Research Object) Identifier information to your profile. To add this information to your profile, click the gear icon  and select “My Profile.” Then on the next screen select “Edit This Profile” in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  

Information on Object and Material Types

Telling what you want PlumX to track, i.e. the articles, presentations, social media, etc., is the key to getting data on how these objects are used or discussed.  

The key to PlumX being able to provide meaningful statistical data is that it has knowledge of your publications, presentations, or other scholarship.  To assist you with entering this information into your profile, please consult the PlumX user manual and the glossary of PlumX terminology.  

PlumX also works hand in hand with UIS’s DSpace Institutional Repository, IDEALS, which allows for the preservation of and provides access to all types of scholarly output including, documents, articles, working papers, presentations, and data sets.  So the easiest method is to make available and to preserve your scholarship (word documents, images, presentations, videos, etc.) is to deposit it into IDEALS.

Please note, you do not need an IDEALS account to participate with PlumX. 

In some cases, it is as easy as providing the web address or account name for your YouTube site, although it can track individual YouTube items as well.  This can be used in cases where your presentation was at a conference or workshop and is housed on their YouTube site rather than your own.

There are numerous ways to load multiple objects at once as well as provide information for individual objects with a variety of sites. Here are some examples:

You can also load information on each item Books, Book Chapters, Journal Articles, Presentations, Videos, Computer Code, Web Pages, etc. -- If you need information on getting PlumX to track these items, this PDF will get you started.

If you would like assistance with setting up your PlumX account or uploading items into IDEALS, please contact,Stephen McMinn at