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Measuring Research Impact 5: SciVal


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SciVal is a web-based data analytics tool that offers insights into the research performance of countries and regions, institutions, researchers, and publications. It provides responsible indicators such as Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)Outputs in Top Citation Percentiles, and CiteScore. With its comprehensive and customizable analytics, visualizations, and benchmarking features, SciVal facilitates the evaluation of research productivity, collaboration networks, and emerging research trends, aiding in strategic decision-making and resource allocation.

SciVal uses data from Scopus, one of the world's largest curated abstract and citation databases, as well as the source for reputable university rankings such as Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE).



SciVal offers the following modules for research analysis and benchmarking. This 2-min video gives a quick introduction to the modules.

Overview (intro)

Benchmarking (intro) Collaboration (intro) Trends (intro)
Use Overview for a snapshot of the research performance of individuals, institutions, countries, etc. Use Benchmarking to compare and benchmark research entities using various metrics. Use Collaboration to study the collaboration networks and identify potential partners. Use Trends to gain a deep understanding of research fields to develop research strategies.


The available entities for analysis are listed in the leftmost panel of SciVal interface (click to enlarge)


SciVal can be accessed via the Library's subscription to the research analysis & benchmarking tools (link). You will be required to create an account if you are new to Elsevier products or sign in with the same account you have registered for Scopus or ScienceDirect to view the modules.

Note: SciVal is based on output and usage data on Scopus from 1996 to the present, where it receives a weekly update of new data but with a delay of 1-2 weeks due to processing times.

Login-Required Interface (click to enlarge) Interface with Login (click to enlarge)

Key Metrics

Scholarly Output: The number of publications of a selected entity.

Citation Count: Total citations received by publications of the selected entities.

Citations per Publication: The average number of citations received per publication.

Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI): The average ratio of citations received relative to the expected world average for the subject field, publication type and publication year. 1 means at the world average. More than 1 means above average and lower than 1 means below average. See also Impact of Authors > FWCI and Impact of Articles > FWCI.

h-index: A metric to measure an author's productivity (number of documents) and impact (number of citations), with h equals to the number of papers that have received at least h citations. For example, if you have an h-index of 20, it means you have authored 20 papers that have each been cited at least 20 times. See also Impact of Authors > h-index.

Collaboration Impact: The average number of citations received by publications that have international, national, or institutional co-authorship.

Academic-Corporate Collaboration: Publications with both academic and corporate affiliations. 

Academic-Corporate Collaboration Impact: Citations per publication received by those publications with and without academic-corporate collaboration.

Outputs in Top Citation Percentiles: The number of publications of a selected entity that are highly cited, having reached a threshold of citations received to be placed in the top 1%, 5%, 10% and 25%. See also Impact of Articles > Outputs in Top Citation Percentiles.

Publications in Top Journal Quartiles: The number of publications of a selected entity that have been published in the selected journal quartiles.

Publications in Top Journal Percentiles: The number of publications of a selected entity that have been published in the world's top journals.

CiteScore: The average number of citations received in a calendar year for a journal, by all items published in that journal in the preceding three years. See also Impact of Journals > CiteScore.

SJR (SCImago Journal Rank): Measures the prestige of citations received by a journal and field-normalizes them. The methodology is similar to that of Google PageRank. The average SJR value for all journals in Scopus is 1.000. See also Impact of Journals > SJR.

SNIP (Source-Normalized Impact per Paper): Is a ratio between the “Raw Impact per Paper” compared to the expected Citations per Publication, of that journal’s field. It’s a field-normalized metric. The average SNIP value for all journals in Scopus is 1.000. See also Impact of Journals > SNIP.

Use Cases

User Support

For support & feedback, please email the SciVal Support Center using webform.

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