PLoS Journals to Provide Online Usage Data for Individual Articles

San Francisco, CA The Public Library of Science (PLoS) has announced that PLoS journals will now provide online article-level metrics for published articles. PLoS is a a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
Web 2.0 online tools and services provide us with multiple lenses through which to view and understand information as it relates to various other bits of data in context, as part of a greater whole, or as a singular entity. An example, as Mark Patterson, PLoS Director of Publishing points out, is the relationship of an article to a journal, or the ability to access and utilize an article as a single object, on its own. PLoS now aggregates a range of available data about the use of their journal articles and places that data on the article itself. While overall Journal metrics are certainly significant, authors, publishers and users alike are also interested in gaining a more finely-grained understanding of how parts and pieces of research articles are viewed, cited, and covered in the media. Read more here: http://scholarship20.blogspot.com/2009/09/article-level-metrics-at-plos-addition.html.

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