Elsevier has announced their acquisition of  Plum Analytics from EBSCO Information Services. What does this mean for users? PR Newswire brought this interesting tidbit to our attention in their article, “Elsevier Acquires Leading ‘Altmetrics’ Provider Plum Analytics.”

The acquisition will enable Elsevier to significantly expand access to Plum Analytics’ altmetrics to more researchers and more institutions.

Plum Analytics is a pioneer in altmetrics – helping tell the story of research and researchers by revealing interest and usage beyond traditional measures. It gathers metrics about research from dozens of scholarly sources, media channels and social networks, providing a broad and complete measurement of scholarly impact.

This also means that Plum Analytics’ metrics will be incorporated into Elsevier’s research products, as well as Elsevier’s leading journal and society partner sites.

Plum Analytics’ altmetrics will remain available to institutions and continue to enable Elsevier to improve measurement for research institutions, by helping them better understand researcher and institutional performance impact through a broader basket of metrics.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.