Answered By: Laura Marek
Last Updated: Aug 03, 2018     Views: 39

You may have noticed a colorful icon below some article information and wondered what it was.


It is the PlumX Metric "plum print"

You may have noticed in Google Scholar that many articles have Cited by just below the article information.

That means that 4487 other articles used that article as a reference.  So, that is quite a few researchers who are discussing this one particular article.  But, that is just one piece of data about the article. 

The PlumX Metric plum print counts:

  How many times has this article's abstract, html or pdf full text been viewed

   How many times the article was downloaded

  How many times was it mentioned in a comments section, on a blog 


   How many times with the article tweeted, shared, or "liked"

  As well as how often it was cited in other articles


If you hover over the icon in the results list, you will see a quick overview of how much activity that article or citation has had.

By clicking on see details you will be taken to another screen where you will be able to click on each of the details for further information.  The most helpful one may be Citations.

After clicking on Citations to expand the information below that area, then click on Scopus


Then, you will be taken to that website where it will tell you how many times that article was cited


And show you what the titles of the articles.

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