Category Archives: Research

Data Clinics for statistical support and queries

You can visit the data clinics running at the following days and times for help with queries on statistics and bioinformatics.

Every Tuesday 15:00-1600, Ground Floor Coffee Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Heath
Every Friday, 10:00-11:00, E1.22, Sir Martin Evans Building, Cathays. 

There is also a statistics-only data clinic which runs every Thursday 3-4 pm in Friary House, City Centre.

Note: College Data Clinics.  Please email for details.

Sage Research Methods Database

Sage research methods database has resources to support all stages of the research process; from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication.

Has a range of books available digitally you may already be familiar with the little blue book which looks at qualitative methods and little green book which looks at quantitative methods without being overwhelming.

You can read the chapters of a book offline by download them and they won’t delete from your profile automatically. Browse subjects and broad searching, as well as searching the transcripts. You can export references

Create a profile to be able to save and share content or create clips of videos to share.

A project planner is available for you to use a model to completing a research project with tips and further information for carrying out elements of your research project from details on how to write an abstract and writing academically to conducting specific types of research. Downloadable chapters for you to read are available within this section plus checklists for you to track your activity.

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,

Research publications performance : Topic Prominence feature in Scival

The SciVal database for analysis of the citations performance of research publications has added a new feature: Topic Prominence in Science. This feature is intended to help with identifying new, emerging research trends. You can browse and search areas where Cardiff University, or any other research university, has research strengths, based on publications clustered through shared citations.

Topics are given a Prominence Profile Score to indicate the momentum of the topic, based on three metrics: Citation Count in year 2016 to papers published in 2016 and 2015; Scopus Views Count in year 2016 to papers published in 2016 and 2015; Average CiteScore in year 2016 (CiteScore is a journal ranking measure). For each topic, you are also given various indicators, including: the share of the institution in that topic’s publications; the Field Weighted Citation Impact; citations per publication. Also included in the analysis is a list of authors and institutions who are publishing in that topic.

For further information , you can see Elsevier’s slides at or view a webinar at .

For more information on this or SciVal in general, please contact Kate Bradbury,


SciVal “Wheel” showing Topic Prominence in Science, Cardiff University, Top 5%

Altmetrics – Plum Analytics via Scopus

Scopus now includes Plum Analytics data, so each publication now has easy to access altmetrics. Data includes:

  • Usage – for example, clicks, downloads and views.
  • Captures – for example, bookmarks and favourites.
  • Mentions – for example, blog posts and news media mentions.
  • Social media – for example, tweets.
  • Citations data

For more information on Plum Analytics, see

To access Scopus, see

Open Access for Researchers @ Cardiff University

Watch Sonja Haerkoenen’s presentation on Open Access for Researchers at Cardiff University to.

  • Learn about the terminology used to help you understand Open Access
  • Find out how you can meet your funders’ Open Access requirements
  • Ensure you are prepared for the next REF with Open Access compliant publications
  • Get information on how to apply for central Gold Open Access funding
  • Access further help and support

Sonja runs monthly Open Access: REF and funder requirement sessions. To book see instructions below:

–          Log in to the Intranet

–          Follow the link to Core HR

–          Select Development from your options on the left

–          Find the “Open Access: REF and funder requirements” course by typing in sonja as a keyword in the search box on the right

–          Click on the green plus sign to request to attend this course

–          Then select the date you are interested in

–          Click on submit

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know that you are booked on.


Dates for the next sessions are as follows:

1 June, 1-2pm, Dental School Building, Norman Whitehouse Lecture Theatre (Small LT)

6 July, 1-2pm, Glamorgan Building, Room -1.63


Support for Researchers

Some new materials have been added to the ‘INSRV for Researchers’ web pages at

A new section has been added called ‘Managing your research identity and bibliometrics’ – in this section you can find materials discussing:
• Managing your research identity
o Why and how researchers can do this
o Information on using ORCID, Scopus Author Identifier and ResearcherID
• Information regarding the H-Index
o What is it and how can researchers calculate their H-Index
o Comparing the H-Index of individuals
• Information regarding altmetrics
o What are altmetrics and what do they measure?
o Where researchers can find altmetrics

The H-Index is one measure academic staff may be interested in when preparing to apply for a promotion via the University’s Academic Promotions Committee. Other materials academic staff may also be interested in when preparing an application include the impact factor of journals they have published in and the number of citations their publications have received.

There are plans to add more content to this new section of the ‘INSRV for Researchers’ web pages, particularly regarding bibliometrics watch this space for more details.

You can find the training sessions we have on offer to support researches here (login required).

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Manage My Publications is Moving

Manage My Publications, the quick submission tool for the University repository, ORCA (Online Research @ Cardiff), is now available on the intranet.

You can find Manage My Publications under ‘Open Access’ in the Research Support section of the intranet (you will need to log in with your CU username and password).

Manage My Publications was previously available through Cardiff Portal. Its migration to the intranet is due to the decommissioning of Cardiff Portal, which will be unavailable from September.

Use Manage My Publications to upload the full text or abstract of your research publications to ORCA to comply with REF, funder and University Open Access requirements. Find out more about ORCA.

Please do get in touch with the ORCA team with any questions or for further advice:, 029 208 76123.

Thinking of publishing your work?

Before you publish, you need to give some thought about where to publish and the conseqences to you of the chosen output of your publication.

You can check the policies of the journals in which Cardiff University researchers most commonly publish – these guides include information on which version of an article can be self-archived, journal impact factors and any embargoes imposed by publishers:

You can find lots more information on Open Access publishing for researchers here;



Cardiff University Systematic Review Network –Lecture Mark Petticrew “Systematic Reviews: Dispelling Myths and Developing Methodologies”

Cardiff University Systematic Review Network Conference 2014

After the success of the SysNet Annual Lecture 2013 we are pleased to announce the 2014 Systematic Review Network conference. The conference will be introduced by Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer and take place on the 4th June at Heath Park Campus, Cardiff University.

Mark-PetticrewThe keynote lecture will be given by Mark Petticrew, Professor of Public Health Evaluation in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In addition there will be a series of short presentations discussing methodological challenges and possible solutions in conducting systematic reviews, plus a series of workshops on aspects of the systematic review process.

The event highlights systematic review expertise and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues. Why not showcase your systematic review research by submitting an abstract for poster presentation – deadline 16th May 2014

For more information, draft programme and booking please visit Sysnet on 


The SysNet Team