2019 North American SciVal user group meetings

October 8, 2019, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
October 10 2019, McGill University Montreal, Canada

The meetings will be held on campus at Arizona State University and McGill University and aim to help you take full advantage of SciVal’s features and functionality by sharing and learning about best practices from other users face-to-face. Attendees will include current users from libraries, research offices, planning offices, industry and government from across the US and Canada. Members of the SciVal product team will also attend.

The format and content for each meeting will be similar and two meetings have been scheduled to decrease travel duration and costs, hopefully making attendance easier.  Please choose to attend the meeting that is most convenient for you and your colleagues.


Attendance is free – registration by September 13 is required to attend the event.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn from other SciVal users and your peers – How are they using SciVal? Share tips for using SciVal to help develop bids for external funding. How can SciVal support internationalization and partnering strategies? How can SciVal be used with other tools as part of your reporting workflows?
  • Have your say – User Group Meetings are a chance to share your experiences of using SciVal and what’s being asked of you by your academic leaders and senior decision-makers. Plus, provide input and feedback on the product with an opportunity to share your ideas.
  • Ask an expert – There will be time to ask for help and advice on how SciVal can help answer your questions.
  • Responsible metrics – Which journal metrics are being using for internal reporting? How are you spreading the message about the responsible Usage of metrics?
  • Network – With so many like-minded peers in one place, there has never been a better time to expand your network!

Call for proposals: North America SciVal User Group

The conference is a great forum for SciVal users to share best practices, discover what's to come in the product roadmap and be inspired by how other individuals and institutions are using SciVal. Not only does the conference allow you to build your professional network and to exchange ideas, it is also an excellent opportunity to showcase your institution's current initiatives and projects.

We are inviting individuals who are interested in participating at the 2019 North America SciVal User Group. All conference attendees are welcome to participate, and we are open to suggestions.

Each presentation will last 30 minutes followed by a question and answer segment.

Proposals should be in the form of an abstract outlining the topic and the content of the presentation. Your submission should be a maximum of 250 words.

If we accept multiple submissions on the same or a similar topic, we may include in a panel discussion to allow for maximum customer contributions. All submissions must be received no later than September 12th and please be sure to designate which of the two user groups you plan to attend.

Submit your proposal

­    ­* all accepted submissions will be visible on the pre-conference website.  Presentation slides will be made available after the conference.

Key dates:

September 12, 2019: deadline for submissions
September 16, 2019: accepted proposals announced

Agenda and topics

We’re excited to bring you a program filled with insight user presentations, an overview of Topic Prominence in Science, what’s coming up on the SciVal Roadmap as well as SciVal lunch clinics.


*agenda is subject to change

West Coast - Arizona State University:

Monday, October 7th 
Pre Session:
1:30 – 3:00pm - SciVal User Testing and Product Feedback Session – Chris James, Product Manager
3:15 – 4:15pm – Rankings Workshop – Linda Galloway

Rankings Workshop – We will discuss how data are used in university rankings systems. Attendees will learn how to answer questions from their senior leaders about the rankings, how research impact data influences the rankings, and approaches to improve citation performance.


5:00 – 9:00 - Networking Reception (cocktails and light fare) (Pitchforks and Forks restaurant and bar, located on 2nd floor of building)

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM - (registration opens at 8:30 AM)
A light breakfast, lunch and coffee/beverages will be provided Reception:
5:00 – 9:00 - Networking Reception (cocktails and light fare) (Pitchforks and Forks restaurant and bar, located on 2nd floor of building)

East Coast - McGill University

Post Session: Friday, October 11th
9:00 – 10:30am - SciVal User Testing and Product Feedback Session – Chris James
10:45 – 11:45am – Rankings Workshop – Guillaume Warnan

Rankings Workshop - how Elsevier data are used in university rankings? How can customers answer questions from their senior leaders about the rankings, approaches to improve citation performance and try and replicate the results?

Full Day meeting Agenda is forthcoming

Topics will include:

  • SciVal Roadmap: learn about upcoming and future enhancements to SciVal and share your feedback.
  • Topics of Prominence: a special session on the latest addition to SciVal, Topics of Prominence in Science.
  • Responsible Use of Metrics: with hundreds of metrics in SciVal to choose from, how do you combine both quantitative and qualitative measures to understand research impact?
  • Use Cases, Best Practices, and Tips & Tricks: share how your institution is using SciVal.


The 2019 SciVal user group meetings will be co-hosted by Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona; and McGill University in Montreal with one event hosted on each campus.

West Coast:

The SciVal North American User Group Meeting will be held at Arizona State University. The event runs from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM on Tuesday, October 8th, with a networking reception the evening before.

(registration opens at 8:30 AM) A light breakfast, lunch and coffee/beverages will be provided.

This event is free to attend, although advanced registration by September  13th, 2019 is required.

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Arizona State University
ASU College Avenue Commons
Devils Oasis Conference Room, 2nd Floor
660 S. College Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281


We have secured a block of rooms at the rate of $149/night at Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University, located at 510 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281. This is about a 10 minute walk to the university

Book your room by September 12, 2019. The block is available the nights of October 6-8th.

Airport information

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Airport Phone: +1 602-273-3300

Hotel direction: 6.6 miles SE

  • Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary Mon-Sun: 05:30 AM - 09:30 PM
  • Shuttle Phone: +1 480 9672300
  • Estimated taxi fare: 12 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 6 USD (one way)

Visit PHX airport website

Travel 0.9 miles east on East Sky Harbor Boulevard. Make a slight left and continue another 0.7 miles. Keep right at the fork in the road and follow signs for Priest Drive/Center Parkway. Travel 0.5 miles to North Priest Drive and turn right. Travel 0.5 miles to West Rio Salado Parkway and turn left. Travel 1.2 miles and merge right onto South Ash Avenue. Travel 0.3 miles to West 5th Street and turn left. The hotel will be 0.3 mile on the right.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA)
Airport Phone: +1 480-988-7600

Hotel direction: 23.6 miles NW

  • This hotel does not provide shuttle service
  • Bus service, fee: 6 USD (one way)

Visit AZA airport website

Travel north on South Sossaman Road toward East Tahoe Avenue. Travel 1.2 miles to East Ray Road and turn left. Travel 0.4 miles and take the third right onto South Power Road. Travel 0.4 miles and turn right onto the AZ-202 East ramp. Travel 0.5 miles and merge onto AZ-202. Travel 4.9 miles to exit 30B toward US-60 West/Phoenix. Travel 1.5 miles and merge onto US-60 West. Travel 15.7 miles to exit 173 for Mill Avenue toward Arizona State University. Travel 0.3 miles to South Mill Avenue and turn right. Travel 2.1 miles. Turn left to stay on South Mill Avenue. Travel 0.7 miles to East 5th Street and turn right. The hotel will be 0.3 mile on the right.


On-site parking, fee: 1.50 USD hourly, 12 USD daily

East Coast:

The East Coast SciVal North American User Group Meeting will be held at McGill University.  The event runs from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM on Thursday, October 10th, with a networking reception the evening before. This event is free to attend, although advanced registration by September 13th, 2019 is required.

Meeting will be held in the Nabisco Room #620

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McGill Executive Institute
Nabisco Room #620
McGill University
1001 Sherbrooke Street West, unit 601
Montreal, Quebec Canada H3A 1G5


McGill University has a list of hotels affiliated with the University. Click here to make a reservation.

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