Scival Spotlight Momentum Across The Globe As More Universities Seek Multidisciplinary View of Research Performance

Multiple Leading Institutions Purchase New Strategic Decision-Support Tool

Amsterdam, 8 December 2009 – Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that several universities have purchased its new SciVal Spotlight tool. The institutions, including National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), St. Petersburg University (Russia), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and the University of Vigo (Spain), will use the tool to analyze current output in order to enhance their near and long term research strategies.

SciVal Spotlight is a customizable web-based tool that offers institutions a multidisciplinary perspective of research performance. Using an innovative visualization technique, the tool produces customized maps that provide graphical views of an institution’s research output over time and across scientific fields, focusing on specific topical areas.

“We’ve selected SciVal Spotlight to help us understand our competitive strengths as well as assist us in making the best possible investments for our university,” said Chain-Shu Hsu, Vice President of National Chiao Tung University. “We are excited about the tailored insight the tool can offer and its ability to give us a better understanding of our position in the global research landscape.”

“By pinpointing a university’s topical strengths and identifying leading researchers and institutions in each area, SciVal Spotlight is designed to help academic decision-makers optimize funding allocations and enhance hiring and collaboration decisions,” said Helen de Mooij, Academic & Government Products Group, Elsevier. “We are pleased at the interest we are seeing in the market as universities recognize the value the tool can offer in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies.”

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About the Elsevier SciVal Suite
The SciVal suite of services delivers intelligence solutions to help the academic and government research communities evaluate, establish and execute their research strategies more effectively. The suite currently includes SciVal Spotlight and SciVal Funding.

With traditional research performance measurement options unable to capture the reality of today’s multidisciplinary scientific landscape, the SciVal Spotlight tool is designed to provide research managers with a more accurate picture of any institution’s unique research strengths and opportunities.

SciVal Funding is an online funding intelligence solution that enables researchers and research administrators to better compete for research funding. The tool provides access to over 5,000 funding sources and includes targeted recommendations based on pre-populated research profiles as well as an extensive history of awarded grants.

For more information on the SciVal Suite, please visit

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

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