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Elsevier Acquires 'Altmetrics' Provider

February 3, 2017

Elsevier on Thursday said it has acquired Plum Analytics, a company that produces alternative metrics for tracking the impact of research, from the information services company EBSCO. The acquisition is the latest move in the metrics space by Elsevier, which last year launched CiteScore, an alternative to the widely used Journal Impact Factor. At the time, Elsevier said it was looking to expand its “basket of metrics.” The company said in a press release that it intends to feature Plum Analytics metrics across its products.

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Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STROMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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