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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:
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 was the institutional hierarchy created in SciVal?
To create the institutional hierarchy in SciVal, ORI provided Elsevier with the list of staff associated with 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 organisational structure drew on data collected in late 2016. An update to the ECU institutional hierarchy was undertaken in September 2017 by drawing on HR data as well as from consultation with Research Institutes and Research Centres. For any questions regarding the included researchers and/or the structure, please liaise with 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 affiliated 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 need to have produced at least one output indexed in Scopus at the time the hierarchy was created.
Additionally, for staff to be included in the institutional hierarchy in SciVal they need to be:
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”.
What is a Field-Weighted Citation Impact metric?
The Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) is the ratio of citations received relative to the expected world average for the subject field, publication type and publication year. This metric is available in the SciVal database.
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.
Note: A SciVal author profile is only possible if the author has published in journals which have been indexed in Scopus.
Using the SciVal Overview module
For Example: Showcasing Author X's SciVal Profile (2011 to 2016)
Narrating Author X's SciVal Profile story: