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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: https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/53327/ELSV-13013-Elsevier-Research-Metrics-Book-r5-Web.pdf


For any questions about SciVal, please contact Kate Bradbury, BradburyK1@cardiff.ac.uk

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 https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/519859/BrightTALK-deck.pdf or view a webinar at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13819/281741 .

For more information on this or SciVal in general, please contact Kate Bradbury, BradburyK1@cardiff.ac.uk


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

Research Staff – Training session- Analysing Research Publications data

This introductory session to the SciVal database shows you how to track research publications performance, identify institutional strengths and compare Cardiff University to peers around the world. You can analyse citations by team, department or institution, compare outputs with other institutions and analyse collaboration data. SciVal draws citation data from Scopus to provide several different metrics for any grouping of people or publications. The data can be filtered by more than 330 journal subject categories. You can also analyse publication sets you have created, for example from a search in Scopus or from an ORCA list.

When: 27 June 2017, 12:30-14:00

Where: Health Library, Cochrane Building. UHW

Book your place via the intranet here or search the intranet for library training.

Upcoming training sessions – Analysing Research Publications Data using SciVal

scivalAnalysing Research Publications Data using the SciVal database
Tuesday 13th December, 10-11.30, Julian Hodge 3.12 Training Room 2
SciVal is a powerful tool for research publications analysis. It can demonstrate research strengths for institutions, research groups and individuals, pinpoint successful publications and help analyse how successful your collaborations are. You can compare your publications performance with other institutions using a variety of publications metrics. For more information about SciVal see https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scival