Abstract views, PDF views and Download Stats Made Public 😶

It has been a journey to find out about all these tricks to solve the issue. Thank you for taking you time.

I see in some OJS site that some usage data s shown like a graph at the bottom of each article page. Is that a plugin for OJS?

I’m not familiar with that as part of the core functionality. Your best bet is to contact the technical contact or journal manager for one of the journals where you see it for more information. Feel free to share what you discover here.

Here you can see an example of that


I think this is the ALM plugin.

I added the ALM but it is not activated. I could not clear instruction how you enable that plugin.


How did you add ALM?
Did you activate it in “System Plugins” → “Generic Plugins” as a journal manager?
Which version of OJS are you using?
I recommend searching for “ALM” in this forum or take this Where are the ALM plugin in OJS as a starting point.


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Thank you, sorry for delay, I created a folder in the Generic Plugins, I placed the Plugin there, and then I activate it. That it.

We use OJS 2.4.8, and this is a fresh OJS installation

@Dilan_Rostam, what exactly are are you able to do in configuring the plugin, and what are you looking to do that you are not seeing?

Did you run the upgrade script after adding the plugin?

What’s the exact name of the folder you put ALM into?
It has to be plugins/generic/alm - lowercase alm!

What do you see if you open the abstract of an article?
It should look similar to the following screenshot (i.e. there should be a horizontal line followed by “Article Metrics” after the abstract):

I made this folder as plugins/generic/alm but it dd not work as I click on the setting for this plugin it gives me the URL as


so it looks for a folder as /plugin/generic/almplugin/

I have this now in a folder lower case as almplugin

please a sample Abstract here


When I call for settings I get this error 500

`500 GET /manager/plugin/generic/almplugin/settings HTTP/1.0

AH01071: Got error ‘PHP message: PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined method AlmPlugin::getRequest() in /var/www/vhosts/koyauniversity.org/aro.koyauniversity.org/plugins/generic/almplugin/AlmPlugin.inc.php on line 104\n’`

Hi Dilan,

No, those URLs do not correspond to paths in the filesystem. Please install it in .../plugins/generic/alm.

This error message is related to the fact that you are using the wrong filesystem path but it is also … weird.
Where did you get the ALM-plugin code from?
The correct source is
and in AlmPlugin.inc.php from this source there is no call to AlmPlugin::getRequest() at line 104. So it looks like your installation is totally borked. Please try to reinstall it from scratch. See Where are the ALM plugin in OJS - #5 by hermann


Thank you Hermann, I removed the old one and cleared all cache, then i created alm based on the instruction. I could access the setting now. but still URL reads …/almplagin/… please see the images,

on the setting page there some requeriments. We do use DOI,but this one ask for PKP key, I create Personal account (BTW, this service will stop in Nov 2016 as they say), when I try to log in, in the URL (http://pkp-alm.lib.sfu.ca/users/auth/persona/callback) I get error message as


500 Internal Server Error
If you are the administrator of this website, then please read this web application's log file and/or the web server's log file to find out what went wrong.

So how do I get this key now.

Hi Dilan,

That’s OK. As I said, these URL-paths are not necessarily directly connected to file-system paths!

You do not need such a key to display locally collected article metrics (abstract view counts and full-text view counts). See this https://webapp.uibk.ac.at/ojs2/index.php/ciss/article/view/40 for an example how that looks like.

You only need that key if you want e.g. to show “citations” of articles in social medias (twitter, facebook asf). But I think the whole infrastructure behind that is no longer supported/maintained by PKP. So you would have to set up the necessary services on your own servers - I reckon there are instructions available on how to do that.


Good, this make life much easier. How do I display the information as the link you have sent me please? Do I have to add the code manually?

No, no manually added code. Just enable the ALM plugin, leave everything unchanged (empty) in its configuration and you should see those metrics at the end of the abstract view of each article.

I checked many articles but I do not see anything yet , you can brows and see


Hi Dilan,

I see, there are no metrics.
But there is this

View Counter: Abstract | xxx | and PDF | yyy |

which makes me think that you perchance edited your .../templates/article/article.tpl file!?
Mine is unchanged an ends in these four lines:

{call_hook name=“Templates::Article::MoreInfo”}
{include file=“article/comments.tpl”}

{include file=“article/footer.tpl”}

The important bit is {call_hook name="Templates::Article::MoreInfo"} as the ALM-plugin registered this very hook in order to display its metrics near the end of the article view…
If this is missing in your file can you add it?


Yes I used the instruction on this post from Jan 2016 to add those lines to the template and right at the end reads below, which I can see the line you are referring to

<div class="separator"></div>
<h6>View Counter: {translate key="article.abstract"} | {$article->getViews()} | and
{if $galleys}
        {foreach from=$galleys item=galley name=galleyList}
                {$galley->getGalleyLabel()} | {$galley->getViews()} |

{call_hook name="Templates::Article::MoreInfo"}

{include file="article/comments.tpl"}

{include file="article/footer.tpl"}

Hi Dilan,

ok, now I am starting to run out of options. :slight_smile:
First let’s check the basics:
What is the operating system on your server?
Which web-server software are you using?
Which version of PHP?
What are the access rights of ../plugins/generic/alm/ and its files/sub-folders?
Does your web-server have read access to all files and sub-directories?


Also, after installing the ALM plugin (or after changing the directory name) are you running the database upgrade process? For generic plugins, this upgrade process updates the versions table in the database. Take a look at the reference to the ALM plugiun there to ensure the record is sane.