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SciVal: Introduction

What is SciVal?

SciVal is a research performance assessment tool that allows analysis of the data from Scopus. The Scopus database covers over 30 million publications from 1996 to the present. SciVal does a weekly check for new publications in Scopus. Researchers and institutions in SciVal are then automatically updated with any new publications found in Scopus. 

SciVal can give you access to the performance of your own research, your research institution as well as individual researchers and institutions worldwide. SciVal lets you visualise research performance, benchmark against peers using a number of metrics, review co-author networks and identify potential collaborative partnerships. From this analysis, the tool can also help to inform publication planning at School/Cluster/UoA level.

 

Accessing SciVal

SciVal can be accessed from Scopus or through the Library Database A-Z listing. If you have a Scopus or Science Direct username and password you can login to SciVal with that, otherwise you need to register for same through Scopus by selecting "Create account" . 

Accessing SciVal from Scopus or Creating Account to Access SciVal

 

Getting started with SciVal

What information does it contain?

SciVal Modules

The Overview Module gives a high-level overview of your institution's research performance based on publications, citations and collaborations. 

The Benchmarking Module allows you to evaluate your research performance in comparison to peers. 

The Collaboration Module allows you to evaluate the existing research collaborations of your institutions and identify new opportunities for collaboration in your own country or worldwide. 

The Trends module gives you the ability to examine Research Areas in detail, to discover the top performers and rising stars.  This module allows you to identify and analyse emerging and declining topics in a particular Research Area.

The Reporting Module lets you create tailored reports specific to your research strategy. 

Additional Resources

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank Michael O'Connor, McClay Library, Queens University Belfast, for permission to reuse some content from his guide.