IPSWICH, Mass. — July 16, 2015 — The Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra/Coimbra Hospital and University Centre (CHUC) in Portugal is the first hospital in southern Europe to implement PlumX, a research metrics tool from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company. CHUC is using PlumX to measure and analyze the impact of its medical research, with emphasis on the online activity associated with articles published by its researchers. CHUC is confident that PlumX metrics will serve to enhance the hospital’s credibility as a research institution on an international level.
Dr. Helena Donato, Documentation Service Director at CHUC, said that the hospital has sought ways to track research impact in ways other than just ‘traditional’ research metrics. She envisions using PlumX to gauge mentions and usage of CHUC research in social media and other online avenues – as they happen. “We want to monitor in real time the online activity around our scientific research by tracking metrics such as downloads, number of readers, discussion and comments in social networks,” Dr. Donato said, noting that PlumX is the best tool with which to evaluate the scientific impact of CHUC’s hospital research center without the delays associated with other research impact tools. “Measuring only traditional citations and the impact factor doesn’t give a complete picture of the impact of clinical medical research.”
Dr. Donato and her colleagues see great value in the ability of PlumX metrics to raise the international profile of CHUC and afford exposure to its research output quickly, due to the instantaneous feedback the metrics provide for research articles. “We want to achieve greater international visibility and recognition by our peers. Using PlumX metrics, we expect to disseminate the impact of our clinical research more quickly and effectively.”
About the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra / Coimbra Hospital and University Centre
Coimbra Hospital and University Center (CHUC) is the largest Portuguese hospital of its kind, featuring a comprehensive research, teaching and patient-centered care approach. Our mission is to deliver high-quality clinical care in a context of undergraduate and postgraduate training with a strong focus on research, scientific knowledge and innovation. We offer comprehensive care across all major medical and surgical specialties. CHUC´s excellence centers ensure high standard healthcare services.
CHUC represents a major part of Coimbra Health Ecosystem. The Centro Region of Portugal, with Coimbra as a strategic core, is one of 32 reference sites for active and healthy aging recognized by the European Union. This distinction is the result of a unique ecosystem which is conducive to the development of best practices in the healthcare associated with active and healthy aging, founded on the axes of Education/Innovation/Research.
CHUC is an associate partner of InnoSTARS, EIT Health KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) and has major partnerships with several biotech and IT companies, making it CHUC a pioneer in healthcare innovation.
About Plum™ Analytics
Plum Analytics was founded in 2012 with the vision of bringing modern ways of measuring research impact to individuals and organizations that use and analyze research. By carefully designing and deliberately collecting the big data created when individuals interact with research, Plum Analytics delivers products and services that provide contemporary information about research impact. Plum Analytics gathers metrics (often called altmetrics) about research from more than thirty sources including PLOS, PubMed and YouTube, and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. Its product, PlumX, is an impact dashboard that provides information on how research output is being utilized, interacted with, and talked about around the world. For more information, visit http://www.plumanalytics.com.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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