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6 September 2018

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:


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