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Resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion

Scholarly Communication Newsletter - 2020 Summer issue


PlumX is Dead... Long Live PlumX!

Administrators, SelectedWorks profile holders, journal editors, and others can leverage PlumX to gather metrics about their scholarly impact. On July 14th, 2020, a new version of PlumX was released. This feature provides PlumX metrics from the convenience of a centralized dashboard that’s included within the Georgia Southern Commons platform. With that in mind, the University Libraries and the Office of Research have decided not to renew our stand-alone subscription to PlumX.

Instead of the separate PlumX dashboard, metrics are now available in the author and collection dashboards in Georgia Southern Commons and SelectedWorks. Profile holders and departments with Georgia Southern Commons collections will be able to assess and share impact by viewing and harvesting PlumX data directly from their dashboards. We’ll lose some reporting functionality by dropping our separate subscription; namely, date range filtering is not available with this version. However, we expect to have a robust amount of PlumX support through the integrated dashboards. 

To easily access the new metrics, simply log in to your dashboard and click on the Plum icon in the sidebar.

View of PlumX Dashboard

PlumX looks for metrics in over 50 different sources, then gathers them into 5 categories: 

  • Usage: such as abstract views and full-text views
  • Citations: from indexes such as Scopus
  • Captures: indicate someone has bookmarked your research
  • Mentions: in news articles and blog posts
  • Altmetrics: such as social media mentions

New dashboards went live on July 14th, 2020. At the end of July, the PlumX Profiles link will be removed from the Libraries’ A-Z Databases list. We’ll begin retiring the existing PlumX profiles in early August. By the end of August, SelectedWorks profile holders and campus administrators will receive new links to their dashboards.

If you have any questions or concerns during this transition, please contact the Georgia Southern Commons Team at or your Library Liaison.

Scholarly Communications News

Live Workshops Are Returning!

The Scholarly Communications Team will hold a series of live Scholarly Communications webinars for faculty and graduate students in Fall, 2020. Webinars will be offered each week relating to scholarly communications, data management, and institutional repository topics.  Here is a link to the workshop schedule and registration pages:


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Releases New Strategic Plan for Research

A picture containing drawing of a brainThe new plan released in May 2020 provides a framework for advancing research priorities that support the Institute’s mission: To transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Read more:


Publishers Invest in Preprints

Are you curious about sources of preprints in your field? Are you interested in finding publishers who support preprint communities? Do you want to promote your early scholarly work to other researchers in your field?

See this article on the Scholarly Kitchen blog for a review of several prominent platforms such as Research Square, SSRN, Springer’s “In Review” & SpringerOpen, BiomedCentral, and others.

Featured Databases

infographic of SSRN at-a-glance


What is SSRN? Formerly known as the Social Science Research Network, this Elsevier resource is an open-access repository of pre-prints dedicated to the Social Sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance and humanities.

Read more at:

Updates from ICPSR

News from ICPSR

ICPSR Summer Program logoRegistration for the ICPSR Summer Program has closed but you can still take part!  ICPSR is providing free access to more than a dozen of the Blalock Lecture Series on data and methods from the 2020 Summer Program.  Blalock Lectures are an integral part of the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research so check them out here:


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Did You Know?


CITI Program logoResponsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Effective January 1, 2020, faculty who wish to apply for external funding or sponsored activity must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research course prior to submission. Faculty who receive awards from NSF, NIH and NIFA are required to complete training before your award account can be established.  Principal Investigators are responsible to assure that students and investigators hired on these awards complete training and are provided appropriate mentorship. To learn more, see here.

Access your CITI account through the Research Resources tile on your portal or click here.

Visit the RCR Training page at:



Check Your Manuscripts for Originality Before You Submit

iThenticate logoHave you heard about iThenticate? This tool for faculty researchers allows you to check your unpublished manuscripts for citation errors and potential similarity to other published works before you submit them for publication. See this brief overview of what it is and how to use it. You can contact your Library Liaison for assistance in setting up an account and running reports. Also, visit the Office of Research Integrity page on iThenticate for documentation and training videos.


Don’t forget! Create or Update Your NIH or NSF Biosketch Using SciENcv 

sciENcv logoSciENcv is a system for creating and updating your NIH or NSF biosketch. Using SciENcv to manage your profiles will save you time now and in the future due to its many automated features.  For more details, see the sciENcv article in the May 2020 issue of this newsletter.