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PlumX Metrics

PlumX SnapshotPlumX gathers traditional and non-traditional impact metrics for your work, including citations, usage, captures, and social media mentions. With this data, PlumX provides robust reports, which help you and your academic unit tell the story of your research. See below for more about PlumX Metrics.

The accuracy and completeness of PlumX Metrics is impacted by many factors, including data collection methods, quality and completeness of data, and other technological constraints. The University Libraries encourage faculty and programs to be skeptical of all metrical tools and system-generated impact data, and to consider a wide array of usage and impact indicators when evaluating or comparing faculty or programs. For more information, please review the University Libraries' Statement on Metrical and Impact Data Tools, Including PlumX.


PlumX Metrics are beneficial for faculty, departments, and colleges. Research output comes in many forms such as articles, book chapters, clinical trials, grants, interviews, patents, datasets, conference papers, musical scores, source code, theses/dissertations, and presentations. PlumX tracks over 67 artifact types of research output from over 50 sources for metrics. Combined with the library's full array of analytics tools, including Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports (JCR), PlumX Metrics provide:

  • Turn-key research analytics support to faculty and academic units.
  • Consistent, organized analytics reporting campus-wide.
  • Improved understanding of campus researchers’ strengths and opportunities.
  • Increased awareness of, and communication about, research activities and initiatives.
  • Improved support for tenure and promotion, grant funding, and compliance activities.

Creating & Maintaining Your PlumX Snapshot

Any faculty member with a SelectedWorks Profile automatically receives a personal PlumX Metrics Snapshot. No maintenance is required on your part; all works included in SelectedWorks are automatically imported into your PlumX Snapshot. Furthermore, all use and downloads, whether they originate in Georgia Southern Commons or SelectedWorks, contribute to your Author Dashboard and PlumX Metrics. PlumX supports reporting for individual faculty members as well as unit-level reporting. The PlumX Snapshot is accessible by clicking on the PlumX tab in the sidebar of the Author Dashboard.

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For help, contact the Georgia Southern Commons Team at A member of the Georgia Southern Commons Team will respond as soon as possible during regular business hours.