We are pleased to share the newest features just launched in ALM Reports (http://almreports.plos.org/), which will better support the time-consuming and laborious work of tracking and reporting the reach of PLOS articles.
As before, you can get a broad view of the latest activity for any collection of PLOS publications via searches from key terms, individual DOI/PMIDs, and bulk upload of DOI/PMIDs. To enhance the search capabilities, we have introduced faceted search. With faceted search, users can do a broad search across the entire corpus and then winnow down results by restricting the searches to publication year, article type, and journal. Users can dive deeper into a search stream, peruse results, and come back up to target an adjacent one within the master search. Additionally, sorting based on ALM makes it easy to surface popular articles.
These faceted filters will make direct search far more usable and boost the exploratory power of ALM in literature discovery.
ALM Reports also contains three new enhanced visualizations, using the popular D3.js visualization library. The first displays article usage over time and allows users to select an extra source for adding an additional dimension to the graph. Interesting trends may appear as you explore deeper into each paper’s profile across the various types of article engagement. Hover over each of the bubbles for additional article metadata (article title, journal, publication age, etc.).
The second graph provides a sunburst display of article usage by subject area. Size correlates with total views from 85 articles. Color intensity correlates with Scopus citation count. Clicking on a subject area will zoom into its component subject areas. Clicking the center of the circle will zoom out to a more general view. Explore the activity of the article collection across subject areas by diving into the PLOS thesaurus of taxonomy terms.
The third visualization displays a geolocation map of authors (based on affiliation) for all the articles in the report. Users can hover over each location on the map to display more detail such as institution, department, etc. This can provide a potent view of where collaborators across multiple projects are based.
Finally, we have introduced a feature which we’ll be building out in future releases: user accounts. We have integrated ALM Reports into PLOS journal user profiles. Once logged in, ALM reports are automatically saved and available on the home page.
In this initial release, reports are currently titled by system number. In the future, we will enhance the report name to make report management more accessible. Starting now, though, users can get the latest ALM for any collection of papers by jumping directly to the report from the home page.
As discussed in a previous blog post, ALM Reports is an open source tool, which can be easily customized to deliver reports for any set of ALM data. We invite the community to use this tool in creative ways and consider how to integrate this new output into their research evaluation activities.
A big thanks to the lead developer of this major release, Jure Triglav, as well as Martin Fenner who managed this effort. We welcome your thoughts and comments on the tool at alm[at]plos.org.