SciVal is a database that can be used for evaluating the research activities of researchers, research groups, fields of science and organisations, based on their publication information. With SciVal, you can evaluate the quality and quantity of research activities in relation to other researchers and organisations, search for potential collaboration partners or evaluate research trends.

SciVal is available for UEF staff and students.

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Just a few examples of questions that you may find answers to in SciVal analyses:

  • What are the university’s strongest areas in research?
  • With whom do we have research collaboration? With whom should we have?
  • How many publications does our university/research group have in the world’s most cited scientific journals?
  • What are the ascending and descending topics in this field of research?

Short guidance for SciVal use:

Practise to use SciVal:

  1. Register and log in to SciVal.
  2. Go through the guides (parts 1-5 above) for basic use of SciVal.
  3. Test SciVal and seek for answers to these questions (some or all of them):


  1. Select your research discipline (i.e. subject area) according to the SciVal classification system. How many publications were published at your discipline (i.e. subject area) at UEF between 2015–2017? Use time frame 2015-2017 also in the following answers.
  2. Which were the three main research areas of your discipline?
  3. How many percent of the publications of your discipline were published in top 10% journals?
  4. How many percent of the publications of your discipline included international collaboration?
  5. How many percent of publications of your discipline involved academic-corporate collaboration?
  6. Find the three most cited publications of your discipline.
  7. Who were the three top authors of your disclipline? How many publication and citations they have? What are their h-indexes?


  1. Compare UEF to another institution by a metric chosen by you. Which one performs better? You can add this analysis to Reporting.
  2. Compare yourself to some of your colleagues by a metric chosen by you. Which one of you performs better? Again, you can add this analysis to Reporting.


  1. Which are the three main collaborating institutions of your discipline in Europe, Asia or worldwide?
  2. Can you find a person, you could consider collaboration with?


  1. Which seem to be the hottest research topics (keyphrases) at your research area (according to SciVal)? Do you consider this is correct?
  2. Which three institutions are the top institutions at your research area on the basis of the scholarly output? What about the top authors?

(7/2018 KH)