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Research Analytics: Scopus and SciVal Instructions

Information on how to use research analytics tools to gauge research impact by author, article, or institution.

Analyzing Author Impact with Scopus and SciVal

How do I calculate metrics for my publications in Scopus and SciVal?


1. Go to Scopus.

2. Choose "Author Search." Search by name or ORCID to locate the desired author, then click on the name in the results list to see that author's profile.

NOTE: If you want to make changes to your Scopus author profile, click "Request author detail corrections" on the Profile page, and follow the instructions provided.

The Scopus Author Profile page includes basic information about number of publications, total number of citations and number of citing documents, author h-index, and more. Note that citation information for items published prior to 1996 is incomplete in Scopus, which may affect the h-index and other calculations in this report.

3. For more detailed information, click "View Citation Overview" to see a graph of citations by year and a list of published items, showing Number of citations per year for each. Note that the default date range for the Citation Overview covers only the past 5 years; this can be adjusted as desired. You can also choose to exclude self-citations and/or citations from books from the overview.

More information:

Scopus Quick Reference Guide

Video: Introduction to Scopus.

Video: Managing your author profile in Scopus.



1. Log in to SciVal. Note: You will need to create a personal SciVal/Scopus account to use this service.

2. Go to "Overview." In the left-hand column, click "Researchers and Groups," and select the desired name.

2.a. If the name has not previously added to SciVal, click "Add Researchers and Groups," search for the author name, and click the appropriate suggestion to add it.

2. b. If the desired author has not previously been defined for SciVal, click "Define a New Researcher." Enter Name and Affiliation information for the author you want to add, then click "Search." One or more suggestions will be displayed.

Click to select the desired author. You have the option of checking the publication list for this author ("Validate publications") before proceeding. Otherwise, click "Directly go to save Researcher." Select the name variant you want to use, then click "Save and Finish."

3. SciVal displays a summary of overall research performance for the specified author(s), including:

  • Number of Publications
  • Number of Citations
  • Field-Weighted Citation Impact
  • Citations per Publication
  • h-index

and more.

Note that the analysis covers only a specified time period, going back a maximum of 5 years before the present. If desired, select a different time period from the drop-down list beside the "Source" information.

4. For more detailed analyses and visualizations, click the Publications, Citations, or Collaboration tabs.

How do I analyze the combined publications of a group of authors?

Once researchers have been added to SciVal, they can be combined into groups--to represent departments or research teams, for example--using the "Add Researchers and Groups > Define a new Group of Researchers" command. The Overview analyses will be applied to the combined publication output of the defined group.

More information:

SciVal Quick Reference Guide

SciVal User Guide

Video: Introduction to the SciVal Overview module.


How do I compare my research performance with other authors, and to institutional, national, and international benchmarks?

After you have added yourself and/or others as authors in SciVal, you can use the Benchmarking facility to compare research performance at various levels – individual, institutional, national, and international.

1. At the top of the SciVal window, click "Benchmarking."

2. Click the appropriate checkboxes to select the Researchers, Institutions, Countries (or groups of the above) to be compared. If the desired entity is not available to be selected, click "Add..." and type a few letters until the appropriate entry is suggested, then click to add it to the list.

Note that the analysis covers only a specified time period, going back as far as 1996. If desired, specify a different time period by clicking the arrow beside the dates in the "Source" line.

You can also filter results by research area, by choosing a journal subject category from the drop-down list next to the date range; click the arrow beside a subject term to see the available subcategories.

3. The chart on the right-hand side of the page will automatically redraw to show values for the selected entities. To change the metrics displayed, click on the "y-axis" and/or "x-axis" arrows and choose from the lists. To view the data in tabular format, click "Table" at the top of the chart area. To toggle display of data for an entity, mouse-over the name in the legend and click the eye icon.

More information:

Video: Introduction to the SciVal Benchmarking module.

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