Help using SciVal – To check research metrics

New SciVal Research Metrics Guidebook

SciVal now has a new Research Metrics Guidebook, to update and replace the previous Guidebook. All metrics in SciVal and Scopus are now included in a single guide, covering, for example, Scholarly Output, Field-Weighted Citation Impact, Outputs in Top Percentiles and Collaboration Impact. Also included now are a description of Article-level metrics from PlumX (social media metrics) as well as explanations about CiteScore (journal metric), Newsflo (tracking media coverage), Usage (views counts from Scopus) and Patents.


The Guidebook has detailed descriptions of all the metrics available in SciVal, supporting the use of metrics in an appropriate and responsible way. Furthermore it provides some facts about how the data underlying the metrics are used, how the metrics are calculated and displayed, and about variables besides performance that can affect the metrics. It also provides some suggestions about situations where the metrics are useful, when care should be taken, and how shortcomings may be addressed.

The Guidebook is available via SciVal, or by following this link:


For any questions about SciVal, please contact Kate Bradbury,

From Tonight out of hours access for library users will be via the new South door.

You will be able to access the library from the new South door without a card from 7am – 6pm and with a card from 6pm – 7am, Monday to Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday access is available without a card from  9am – 5pm and outside of those hours with card only.

Health Library closure on 9th June

Due to essential Estates maintenance works, the Cochrane Building, Heath Park, will be closed on Saturday 9th June between 07:00 and 18:00. There will be no access to the building for staff and students during this time.

The Health Library will be closed. Alternative study and computer provision is being made available in Ty Dewi Sant from 07:00 to 18:00 on 9th June. 20 classrooms and 2 computer rooms will be opened up for staff and students. Wifi is available in the building

Additional Study Space

Between 9am and 9pm rooms 2.29 & 2.30 in the Cochrane Building, UHW will be made available from Wednesday 9th May until 15th June for silent study. When it is busy in Health Library you can also find extra study spaces in rooms 1.06 and 1.18 if they are not booked for teaching.


You can check how busy our study spaces here before you set off.



Postgraduate students – we want your feedback! We’re all ears!

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Need somewhere to park your wheels?

Some of you reported (myself included) that you find it difficult to find somewhere to park your bike and that more bike racks around the Cochrane Building at UHW are needed.


Over 40 new bike racks are to be installed around the Cochrane Building and are to due to be ready on Friday 2nd March. Any prizes for most pimped bike?

Cycle safe!

Systematic Review: Food From our Oceans

The Cardiff University-based Academia Europea Hub (Wales) has overseen the compilation of a major new Evidence Review Report Food from the Oceans, which examines the question of how the ocean can help satisfy the global demand for food. The University Library Service’s BLS team made an important contribution undertaking a series of literature reviews to support the project.

Hub Manager Louise Edwards praised the team’s efforts: “one of Cardiff’s unique strengths in the European Scientific Advice Mechanism is our competence in undertaking systematic reviews for policymaking.  In Food from the Oceans, our Library subject specialists undertook high-quality rapid reviews in both the natural sciences and the social sciences/humanities.  Their work was recognised and appreciated by both the expert working groups and the European Commission”

The report is available online at Print copies will be available shortly from selected ULS libraries.

A four day training session on undertaking Systematic Reviews is scheduled for 9-12 April 2018 Find out more and book here