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Elsevier Research Intelligence helps institutions make more informed decisions to drive research outcomes.

Serving research institutions, funders and policy makers, our objective data and trusted solutions enable organizations to build their portfolios, optimize funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. Elsevier integrates institutional and external data sources with information from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database, to provide innovative solutions including Pure, SciVal, Funding, Analytical Services and Reviewer Finder.

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What is Pure?

Pure is a comprehensive research information management system that facilitates an evidence-based approach to your institution's research strategy, assessment exercises and day-to-day business decisions.

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Pure aggregates your organization's research information from numerous internal and external sources, and ensures the data that drives your strategic decisions is trusted, comprehensive and accessible in real time. A highly versatile CRIS (Current Research Information System), Pure enables your organization to build reports, carry out performance assessments, manage researcher profiles and more, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty and staff. Pure was developed by Atira, a software engineering company with a specialization in research information management, which was acquired by Elsevier in August 2012.

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How can I contact the Pure Helpdesk?

The Pure Helpdesk is available during European working hours at +45 96 35 61 00

 

What is SciVal?

Elsevier's new generation of SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide.

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Constantly evolving and ever more challenging, today's R&D landscape requires research managers to ensure satisfying outcomes, and devise better ways to measure the quality and impact of research projects. Elsevier's new generation of SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. A ready-to-use solution with unparalleled power and flexibility, SciVal enables you to navigate the world of research and devise an optimal plan to drive and analyze your performance.

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What is SciVal Funding?

SciVal Funding supports researchers and research administrators in the pre-award stage of the funding process.

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SciVal Funding supports researchers and research administrators in the pre-award stage of the funding process. The solution delivers quick and comprehensive access to current funding opportunities and award information, allowing users to:

  • Find the right funding opportunities
  • Analyze the funding environment
  • Maximize award chances

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What makes this tool unique?

Rather than just a funding opportunity database, SciVal Funding provides information that can help the investigator when putting together a proposal:

  • Information about previously awarded grants
  • Targeted recommendations based on pre-populated research profiles (Scopus®)
  • Related publication data

Moreover, the user-friendly and intuitive interface requires little to no user training or support to get started, empowering users to find the funding information they need to succeed.

How many funding opportunities are in the system, and which sources are covered?

SciVal Funding indexes funding content from over 4,700 international sponsors, providing more than 19,000 active opportunities and over 3.3 million awarded grant records. Funding content gets updated on a daily basis, with the content being captured directly from trusted sources.

For any funding content related questions, please download a list of the sponsors covered in SciVal Funding (updated March 2014)

Does SciVal Funding include opportunities from private sources, as well as sources supporting Social Sciences, specifically Arts & Humanities?

Yes, SciVal does provide funding opportunities for Social Sciences including Arts & Humanities from non-government sources including State, Local, Corporate, Foundation and Charities.

What search options does the system provide?

The system supports a range of different search options, both for funding opportunities and awarded grants.

  • Basic keyword search: you can run basic searches on keywords – either for opportunities or awards – via the quick search window on the home screen.
  • Advanced search: for a more targeted search, the advanced search window provides a wide range of specifications to narrow down your focus. For example, you can search for a specific funding type, e.g. private sources, and then add a keyword, or search without a keyword to get all content from all of these sources. Also, you can search specifically for limited submission opportunities, or opportunities specifically targeted for junior investigators.
  • Search on research profile: you can search for recommended opportunities based on individual profiles. This search could be based on your own preferences, as well as any other researchers' profiles, enabling you to conduct searches on behalf of others.

Result sets can be refined by using various navigators such as 'Sponsor Country' or 'Amount', or conducting a 'search within results'. Moreover, you can set up email alerts, save searches or share result sets as you please.

Boolean search logic and wildcard search functionality also improve the overall search experience and outcomes.

Finally, you can browse by sponsor, subject area or location.

How do these targeted recommendations based on pre-populated profiles work?

Set up targeted recommendations by adding publication profiles for an individual or group of researchers. Recommendations are based on publication history and eligibility.

A Scopus subscription will allow users to link beyond the related publications at a sponsor level and view information about co-authors and peer-reviewed literature.

Can I edit my profile?

You can adjust the keywords or add multiple profiles at your preference, to make it best reflect your current research interest. Also, you can merge different profiles to get recommendations on teams.

Does SciVal Funding offer alerts about new opportunties?

Yes, you can set up an email alert or save a search on any query you might want, e.g. on specific funding opportunities, awards or sponsors. Moreover, in addition to saving searches or setting up email alerts, you can use RSS feeds.

How can I get access?

If you are a Research Administrator or an institutional decision maker, institutional access can be arranged via this trial form. For individual researchers, personal subscriptions are available via the Elsevier Webshop.

 

What is Analytical Services?

Analytical Services provides customized research performance analysis by combining our high quality data sources with technical and bibliometric expertise formed from over 130 years as a journal publisher.

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Elsevier's Analytical Services is a group of consultative professionals who provide analytical reports and data integration services for the specific needs of decision makers within research and government institutions. We offer standardized reports that apply commonly used research assessment analyses, or we can work with you to develop a report or service that is tailored to your specific needs. Our analytics reports and services can make use of data from Scopus, ScienceDirect, Elsevier Research Intelligence Solutions, and data of your own.

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Does Analytical Services offer standard analytical reports?

We have created a number of standard analytical reports which provide predefined analyses for a set price. Our standard reports include:

  1. Star Articles Report – How many top quality papers has our institution or country produced in each subject area?
  2. Growth & Impact Report - How does our entire publication output, growth and citation impact compare to the world and selected peers?
  3. Collaboration Report - What is the extent of our Institutional, National and International Research Collaboration – who are our top collaborators and how do these collaborations impact our citations?
  4. Full-Text Article Downloads, Growth & Impact Report - How frequently were the papers produced by our country or institution in the last 5 years, downloaded from ScienceDirect.com in the most recent year? How do we compare to our peers? What value does this information provide to my country or institution? 

Each standard report is by default broken down into the 27 main subject areas used in Scopus and is based on the 5 most recent years of data.

Can we customize a standard report to include additional indicators?

Yes. Reports can be customized to meet your needs.

In which formats can analytics be delivered?

If a customer opts to receive aggregated data and do their own in house analysis, we most often deliver that in Excel format. If a customer opts to receive a written report in which Analytical Services provides the analysis, commentary, figures and charts, then such a report is delivered in PDF format. We can also deliver Scopus Custom Data in different formats to help create your own in-house database or provide online web-portals for larger projects which allow authorized users to view the data visualizations related to the main analyses.

What data sources can be used for analyses?

The primary data source for analytical reports and services is Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. With more than 20,500 titles from over 5,000 publishers worldwide and 50 million records, Scopus provides the most comprehensive resource in the industry, supporting the needs of researchers in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, the arts and humanities. Seventy percent of the content comes from international journals; the remainder of the content comes from regional publications. Journals applying for Scopus coverage are rigorously reviewed by an independent Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board made up of international academics across the breadth of disciplines. A detailed list of publishers and journals covered is available online.

Additional data includes usage data from ScienceDirect.com.

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