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Research: SCIVAL

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Introduction To SCIVAL

SciVal is a web-based tool that allows in-depth analysis of the Scopus publication and citation database. SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 7,500 research institutions and 220 nationals worldwide. As a researcher, you can use SciVal to track and visualize your research performance for assessment & funding purpose, benchmark relative to peers, track collaboration patterns & find new potential collaborators, analyze research trends and produce reports on your analyses.

There are currently 5 modules in SciVal:

  • The Overview module provides high-level overview of the research performance of ECU, other institutions, countries and group of researchers.
  • The Benchmarking module enables you to compare and benchmark ECU to other institutions, researchers and groups of researchers using a variety of metrics.
  • The Collaboration module enables you to explore the collaboration network of both ECU and other institutions.
  • The Trends module enables you to access current research trends to determine a new research strategy and find collaboration opportunities.
  • The Reporting module allows you to create customised reports on your analyses.

Logging in to SciVal - Registration required

1. Go to SciVal login homepage:

2. Click on Register now to register your SciVal account

ECU and SCIVAL Institutional Hierarchy

What is the ECU-SciVal Institutional Hierarchy?

Edith Cowan University has worked with Elsevier to add its institutional hierarchy into SciVal. This document showcases how this additional feature of SciVal allows users to benchmark ECU’s research performance for individual Schools, Research Institutes, and Research Centres.

How the institutional hierarchy was created in SciVal

To create the institutional hierarchy in SciVal, ORI provided Elsevier with the list of staff associated each School, Research Centre, and Research Institute. The organisational structure created within SciVal represents a snapshot of the staff composition at a point in time, but it is recognised that the staff membership within each organisational unit is dynamic. Staff can belong to more than one organisational unit, and this is reflected in the hierarchy within SciVal.

The initial setup of the ECU organisation structure was based on HR data from EIMS obtained in November 2016. Some additional staff members were included based on data obtained directly from Research Centres and Research Institutes, including 2015 Annual Reports. The ECU institutional hierarchy will be revised later in 2017. For any questions regarding the included researchers and/or the structure, please liaise with staff in ORI.

Details of the staff included in the institutional hierarchy

The intention of creating the ECU institutional hierarchy in SciVal is to allow reporting at the level of the organisational unit. For analyses made at the level of a School, Centre, or Institute, all of a staff member’s publications will be included in the assessment, not just those associated with ECU.

As part of creating the institutional hierarchy, Elsevier undertook profile ‘cleaning’, such as identifying duplicate profiles. There was a cost associated within each additional staff member included in the hierarchy. Adjunct staff members were not included in ECU’s organisational hierarchy within SciVal because they generally have an association with another institution.
In order for a researcher to appear within SciVal they also needed to have produced at least one output indexed in Scopus and published within the specified time period at the time the hierarchy was created.

Staff with a publication in Scopus who are included in the institutional hierarchy in SciVal:

  • Academics Level A to E, Deans, Deputy Vice Chancellors, and Professional Staff

Staff not included in the institutional hierarchy in SciVal:

  • Adjuncts, Emeritus and Honorary staff, and Sessional academics
  • Staff without a publication within Scopus who would otherwise have been captured

Availability of the new hierarchy structure in SciVal

The hierarchy can be viewed only in the “Overview” or “Benchmarking” modules within the SciVal interface. The inclusion or exclusion of Schools/Institutes/Centres within these modules can be carried out in “My SciVal”.

SciVal Reporting tool - how to save a search

Scival - Online Resources

Steps to finding my Field-Weighted Citation Impact

1. Once logged on to SciVal, go to the MySciVal tab.


2. From the left menu, select the category Researchers and Groups.


3. You can do a search on your name or you can use the ECU institutional hierarchy to find your name in the School/Centre you are associated with. Once you have found your name, check the box next to your name to select it.

4. Then click on the icon to add your name to the researchers name panel. Example as below:


5. Once you have added your name into the names panel, select the Overview module from the top menu. 


6. Select the category Researchers and Groups.from the left menu. Your name will be listed here. Example as below:


7. Check the  button to select your name. Once selected, your research performance profile will be displayed. 


8. Note the year period and subject area selected for this profile.