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Quick guide to using the SciVal research evaluation platform

SciVal overview

Who is SciVal for?

  • Researchers

  • Research managers and administrators

  • Research evaluators 

What is SciVal?

The SciVal platform enables analysis of the research performance of individuals, research groups, and institutions.

Where does SciVal data come from?

Publication, citation, and usage data come from Scopus and ScienceDirect.

Getting started with SciVal

Getting started with SciVal

To access SciVal, ensure that you go through the Library-provided link:

You will also need to register for a free personal account. If you already have an account for other Elsevier products (e.g. ScienceDirect, Mendeley) you can use this account to login to SciVal.

Setting up researcher and group profiles

Your first step should be to define the researchers or group of researchers in which you are interested. SciVal refers to these as "entities". Click on (1) My SciVal and then select (2) Add new to open up a drop-down list of entity types that you can create. Choose one and follow the on-screen instructions.


SciVal modules

Once you have defined entities of interest, you can use the five SciVal modules to create queries using a wide array of different metrics. The five modules are:

  • Overview: High-level performance of institutions, countries, and researcher groups

  • Benchmarking: Compare performance of different entities

  • Collaboration: Explore existing and potential collaboration networks

  • Trends: Identify emerging hot topics and rising stars

  • Reporting: Create customized reports





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Snowball Metrics in SciVal

Metrics in SciVal

Below are just a few of the metrics that you can access in SciVal:

Field-weighted citation impact (FWCI) is a measure of how a document compares against similar documents (of the same discipline, type, and age). A FWCI of more than 1 means that the output is more cited than expected according to the global average, e.g. 1.48 means 48% more cited than expected.


Outputs in top percentiles is the extent to which a research entity's documents are present in the most-cited percentiles of a data universe. It indicates how many articles are in the top 1%, 5%, 10%, or 25% of the most cited documents.

All of the above metrics are included by the Snowball Metrics as a standardized metric, which is data source and system agnostic:

Source: Elsevier Library Connect