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What is 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.

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 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:

  • Affiliated with one of the eight ECU Schools or Kurongkurl Katijin, and,
  • Either an:
    • Academic Level A to E or School Executive Dean, or,
    • Professional staff member with at least one publication (i.e. journal article, conference paper, book or book chapter) accepted in the Research Activity System (RAS) in the past ten years (2007 to 2016)

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 - Online Training Resources

Need Further Assistance with SciVal?

Contact the Library: Call us at (61) 8 6304 5525 or email to

How to login into SciVal?

  1. Go to the ECU Library homepage
  2. Click on Databases link
  3. Click on the "S" and scroll down to SciVal or use the search box
  4. Authenticate with your ECU Login/password
  5. Authenticate again with your SciVal Login/password
    • SciVal requires all users to register with the database
    • register if you haven't previously registered
    • would be very useful if you also register with Scopus (SciVal extracts its information from Scopus, & you can flick from one database to the other)

How to Find my Field-Weighted Citation Impact?

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.

  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of 1.00 indicates that the publications have been cited at world average for similar publications.
  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of greater than 1.00 indicates that the publications have been cited more than the would be expected based on the world average for similar publications. For example, a score of 1.38 means that the outputs have been cited 38% more times than expected.
  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of less than 1.00 indicates that the publications have been cited less than the would be expected based on the world average for similar publications. For example, a score of 0.90 means that the outputs have been cited 10% less times than expected.


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.

How to Create an Author Profile in SciVal?

Note: A SciVal author profile is only possible if the author has published in journals which have been indexed in Scopus.

  1. Click into My SciVal in the ribbon up the top of the page
  2. In My SciVal
    • Click on Researchers & Groups
    • Click on Edith Cowan University
      • Staff listed under Schools or Centers in My SciVal have been slected by ORI
    • Scroll down to your School & click to display list of authors
    • Click on your name then select your name by clicking on the icon
    • You will know that you have selected an author as the icon will change to

Using the SciVal Overview module

  1. Next, click into Overview in the ribbon up the top of the page
    • Overview is used to get a high-level overview of the research performance of a your Institution, other Institutions, Countries, a single author or a Groups of Researchers
  2. In Overview
    • Click on Researchers & Groups (left panel)
    • Scroll down until you find the author you previously selected in My SciVal
    • Click on the author's name to select
    • Author Overview will appear on the right hand side of the page
      • Select the date range you wish to examine (directly under the author's name)
      • Information can be displayed under 5 headings:
        • Summary
          • number of publications
          • number of citations
          • Field-weighted citation impact of those publications
          • Citations per publication
          • h-index
          • Performance indicators
            • Outputs in Top Citation Percentiles
            • Publications in Top Journal Percentiles
            • International Collaboration
            • Academic-Corporate Collaboration
        • Collaboration
        • Published
        • Viewed
        • Cited
        • Economic Impact

Saving options:

  • Download page as PDF
  • Export
    • data to a spreadsheed (SCV)
    • data to a spreadsheet (XLS)
    • Print page/Save as PDF
  • + Add to Reporting (this will save your search, which can be re-run later on)
    • View saved searches in Reporting in the ribbon up the top of the page


For Example: Showcasing Author X's SciVal Profile (2011 to 2016)

Narrating Author X's SciVal Profile story:

  • In the last 5 years Author X has published 89 in Scopus
  • These 89 publications have received a total of 578 citations at an average of 6.5 cites per publications
  • The author's field-weighted citation impact is 1.21 (21% above the world average)
  • The author's h-index (to 1996) is 40
  • 73% of these publications have at least one international collaborator (Australian average is 46.2%)
  • 22.5% of the author's publications are in the top 10% most cited worldwide (Australian average is 18%)
  • 25.8% of the author's publications are in the top 10% by SJR

How to Save a Search using SciVal Reporting Module?