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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. Researchers can use SciVal to track and visualize an individual's research performance for assessment & funding purposes, benchmark an individual relative to peers, compare groups of individuals, track collaboration patterns & find new potential collaborators, analyze research trends and produce reports on analyses.

The default SciVal displays author and institutional metrics using institutional information as listed in the publication.

There are currently 5 modules in SciVal:

Image of SciVal landing page: Showing modules Overview Benchmarking Collaboration Trends Reporting

  • the Overview module provides high-level overview of the research performance of ECU, other institutions, countries and group of researchers.
  • the Benchmarking module enables the comparison and benchmarking of ECU to other institutions, researchers and groups of researchers using a variety of metrics.
  • the Collaboration module exposes the collaboration network of both ECU individuals, groups, schools as well as those of other institutions, and highlights gaps or potential collaborators.
  • the Trends module uses citation counts and database views to visualise current research trends, possibly to determine a new research strategy or find collaboration opportunities.
  • the Reporting module allows users to create customised reports on analyses, and to save those searches


The SciVal default Institutions and Groups view

Image shouws SciVal default Institutions and Groups view

The SciVal default view shows data from all institutions and groups whose works have been published in Scopus.

1. Select institution - click on the Institution and Groups heading on the left

  • the default is to show Edith Cowan University metrics
  • + Add Institutions and Groups
    • you can add other institutions of groups to view their research metrics
    • you can add a pre-populated group (type in the name)
    • you can create a group of institutions

2. Select dates - several pre-set date ranges to search

3. Select classification code - generally opt for

  • select a specific FoR code
  • select all

4. Select a Module

5. Each Module will provide different options, such as:

  • Summary: Overall research output
  • Topics: Topics of Prominence for institution selected
  • Awarded Grants: If information has been noted in the publication
  • Collaboration: co-authors & their institutions/ potential co-authors/instituions
  • Published: number of publications, publications in Top Citation Percentiles, Field Weighted etc.,
  • Viewed: Citations viewed in Scopus
  • Cited: Citation counts, citations per publication, Field weighted citation impact
  • Economic Impact: Patent related information


  • use the Online Manual
  • metrics:
    • each category &/or module / chart may offer a variety of metrics - experiment!
    • view metrics in Table or Chart View
    • searches can be Added to Reporting (i.e. save the search) - separate saves for Table and chart view
    • can be downloaded/exported as PDF, CSV, XLS


The SciVal ECU Hierarchy

The intention of 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.


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

2. To find the ECU Hierarchy for the School

  • click on Researchers and Groups
  • select ECU
  • select School

Image showing in SciVal the default ECU and ECU heirarchy views

2. To find the ECU Hierarchy for a Researcher or to create a group of ECU researchers

  • click on My SciVal

How to locate MySciVal

  • click on Researchers and Groups

Find ECU Heirarchy in Researchers and Groups

3. Search for your name or click on ECU > then Your School/Centre > then select your Name by checking the box next to your name

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

Image of Authors in ECU Heirarchy in MySciVal

5. Once a name has been "added" it will appear under the "Researchers and Groups" in various SciVal modules.

6. Check the  button to select the name. Once selected, the selected researcher's research performance profile will be displayed. 

Demo list of Researcher A B C and D

Image of Researcher A's Field-weighted citation impact

  1. SciVal is available throught the A-Z list of Library Databases
  2. Click on the "S" and scroll down to SciVal or use the search box
  3. First, authenticate with your ECU Login/password
  4. Next, login with your SciVal Login/password
    • SciVal requires all users to register to use the database
    • it's very useful if you also register with Scopus as SciVal extracts its information from Scopus. There are links within both databases which allow you to flick from one database to the other.

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 publication has been cited at world average for similar publications

  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of >1.00: 
    indicates that the publication has 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 <1.00: 
    indicates that the publication has 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.

SciVal ECU Hierarchy - Staff Inclusion

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.

Availability of the hierarchy structure in SciVal

The ECU hierarchy can be viewed only in the “Overview” or “Benchmarking” modules within the SciVal interface.

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 an organisational unit. Each School, Research Centre or Research Institute is comprised of the group of researchers assigned to or affiliated with that unit, and includes all research publications by these researchers irrespective of institutional affiliation. If an analysis at the School, Research Centre or Research Institute level needs to be restricted only to publications affiliated with ECU, it is important to remember to apply the ‘home institution filter’.

As part of creating and updating the institutional hierarchy in 2017, Elsevier undertook profile ‘cleaning’, such as identifying duplicate profiles. Although some profile ‘cleaning’ activities were undertaken by the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) prior to the launch of the latest update to the hierarchy in October 2018, it is the responsibility of the individual researcher to maintain their Scopus profile.

Adjunct staff members were not included in ECU’s organisational hierarchy within SciVal because they generally have an association with another institution.

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 (2008 to 2017)
  • Have a Scopus Author ID (i.e. have at least one output indexed in Scopus at the time of the most recent update to the hierarchy)

How was the institutional hierarchy created in SciVal?

ORI compiles 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 e.g. an individual researcher can be listed within a School and a Research Centre/Institute.

The initial setup of the ECU organisational structure drew on data collected in late 2016. The latest update to the ECU institutional hierarchy was completed in September 2018 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.


  • Why am I not in the ECU hierarchy?
    • are you eligible? (see staff included as listed above)
    • have you published in journals indexed by Scopus? SciVal draws it citation data only from Scopus
  • My articles are in Scopus but are missing when I check my list of publications in the SciVal hierarchy 
    • have you published under a different name? Check your Scopus ID. If there are issues with your profile, use the Author Feedback Wizard in Scopus to request changes see: How do I correct my author profile?

Get from your Scopus Author ID to your SciVal profile

    As your SciVal profile is based on your Scopus Author ID, you may wish to check that your Scopus Author ID is correct and includes only your publications or all of your Scopus indexed publications.
    Some authors have similar names, or their names can appear differently in various publications. The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author.
  • To view your Scopus Author ID > Click on Author Search and search for your name
  • If you have published under a variety of names, all variations of your name will be listed.
  • Click on your name

  • if some of your publications are not listed in your Scopus Author ID, it may be that you have not published in a journal indexed by Scopus. Check this list of journals to see if your publication is listed or click on Sources (located above the blue banner).

  • The Author details page will list some of you basic author metrics and all of your Scopus indexed publication (not shown in image above)
  • Request Author corrections: Note that Scopus automatically generates an Author ID -  authors with similar names and fields may find that their publications have been combined. If you notice a problem with your profile, click on the link and use the online form. If your problem is not covered by the form, use the Contact Us link listed at the bottom of your Scopus Author ID page.
  • To transfer your Scopus Author ID publications to SciVal 
  • Make sure that you have registered and logged into SciVal before continuing (SciVal always requires a personal sign on)
  • In Scopus: Click on "Export profile to Scival"
  • In SciVal, mak sure you are in the My SciVal Module > notice that the selected Scopus Author now appears in "Researchers and Groups" (left hand side panel) and type in your name

Research Profile now in Researchers & Groups in My SciVal

  • if you have a long history of publications, note that the maximum number of years that
    - the Overview Module in SciVal provides metrics for is for articles published back to 2013 - date ranges can be selected
    - the Benchmarking Module provides metrics going back to 1996
    - author metrics will vary between the different date ranges
  • To view the a selected author's SciVal metrics, click on the Overview Module and select the author from your Researchers and Groups list.

Showing a researcher in Researchers and Groups


Finding your profile in My SciVal (ECU hierarchy)

  1. You may wish to first check your SCOPUS ID as this ID is computer generated and it may include publications which are not yours etc. See the tab "Get from your Scopus Author ID to your SciVal profile" for more information.
  2. Login into SciVal (you will need to set up a personal login)
  3. Click on the MY SCIVAL module (top right)

  4. If you do not see > Edith Cowan University below the blue line, type it in the search box as shown in the image above.
  5. When you see > Edith Cowan University, click on the downward pointing arrow until you come to your name
  6. Drag and drop your name into the Researchers and Groups panel on the left and your details will display
  7. To view either your SciVal profile or someone else's Scival, click back into the OVERVIEW module
  8. To compare SciVal profiles, click back into the BENCHMARKING module

  9. To SAVE your profile > Click on EXPORT (button to the far right of the page).
    There are Save 3 options:
    a. The first 2: Export to CSV or Excel XLS (spreadsheet files) - will show the underlying citation figures behind the metrics
    b. Print page or Save as PDF (saves/prints exactly as it appears on the screen)
  10. Add to Reporting > this saves your search which can be run at a later date. Click on the REPORTING Module (up the top) to view all your saved searches.


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