SciVal Release Highlights

SciVal does not sit still. We continue to invest in the platform, add new metrics, functionality and data types to help meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of senior management, research administrators and researchers in governments, funding bodies, universities, nonprofits and commercial organizations.

Below is a summary of the most noteworthy release items per quarter.

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Q2 2020 – The yearly rollover, new collaboration and Topic visualizations, a free SDG layer and more Reporting updates

Topic visualizations

  • Yearly rollover and Topics update. The pre-defined time ranges moved forward one year. Using the new time ranges we recalculated Prominence Percentiles, related Topics and the ASJCs linked to each Topic. We also reallocated papers from 2010-2017 to more dominant Topics, where applicable, and renamed all Topics based on a new updated thesaurus.
  • Collaboration and related Topics – 4 New visualizations. Analyze collaborations for Institution and Country Groups via the new Matrix Table, Roof-Shaped Matrix or Chord Diagram. Plus, view the connections between a Topic and its related Topics via the new Bubble Chart.
  • UN SDGs – A new free SciVal layer. Anyone can access the free layer at to discover the keyphrase analysis and largest Topic Clusters, as well as the most active countries/regions and institutions for the 16 SDGs covered in SciVal.
  • Reporting updates – Edit reports quickly and share report templates. Change the entity and / or date range for all analyses in a report in one go via 2 new dropdowns. Locate report templates more easily with a number of new features and share report templates with your colleagues.

Q1 2020 – Topics for Research Areas, our latest report template updates and Scopus Sources as a new entity type

  • Scopus Sources – A new entity type. Easily analyse the impact of individual journals, books, conference proceedings and trade journals and develop effective publication strategies. You can retrieve metrics for this entity using the SciVal API.
  • Report templates - Create your own, plus a new customer defined template. Speed up repetitive tasks – use a report template you’ve created yourself from a report or use the latest customer defined collaboration report template from the Universit√© Paris-Saclay.
  • Topics for Research Areas. You can now see the Topic contributions for any Research Area, both pre-defined and user defined. This means you can analyze the Topic output for all entities in the Overview module, including the UN SDGs.

Q4 2019 – Increase our understanding of the UN SDGs, journal quartile breakdowns and faster data processing

Searching in SciVal

  • Investigate, understand and analyse SDG research globally with pre-defined Research Areas for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We created pre-defined Research Areas for 16 SDGs using updated search strings based upon the queries used in the THE Impact Rankings. Full details of the methodology and results for each SDG search query are freely available on Mendeley and to find out more about our work around the SDGs please read our recent Elsevier Connect article.
  • Get an overview of journal citation impact with the journal quartile breakdown for any entity of interest. In the Overview and Benchmarking modules we added the journal CiteScore, SNIP and SJR quartile values. Create a Publication Set from the quartiles of interest to analyze them in more detail.
  • Streamlined data processing reduces data delay with Scopus from four weeks to two. This means the analyses in SciVal are more closely aligned with live Scopus data.

Q3 2019 – Foster the responsible use of metrics, new visualizations and an updated API

  • Metrics guidance in Reporting templates. As part of our ongoing commitment to help ensure the metrics in SciVal are used responsibly and appropriately, we have extended the metric guidance within SciVal to Reporting templates.
  • New visualization options in the Overview module. We added new treemap and donut visualizations to SciVal, so you have more options to choose the one that works best for your communications and analyses.
  • Updated New API available! The SciVal API can now retrieve Topics, Topic Clusters and the list of Topics your institution is active in, as well as the Academic-Corporate Collaboration and Academic-Corporate Collaboration Impact metrics which are now in the Top 10 most used metrics globally.

new visualizations

Q2 2019 – A new 10 year analysis date range, import larger Publication Sets and new Reporting Templates

Collaborating institutions

  • New 10 year analysis range. We’ve heard from you that a larger year range is required in the Overview, Collaboration and Trends modules, so you can see data trends over a longer period of time. We’ve now added a 10 year range to these modules to give you the flexibility you need.
  • Publication Sets - Import up to 50k documents or create within SciVal sets of up to 100k documents. To help when creating large Publication Sets, we've increased the limit when importing document IDs to define one from 20k to 50k, or create one of up to 100k documents in SciVal in one go.
  • New Reporting templates. Quickly gain a balanced overview of an entity of interest by using our Reporting Templates or use them as a starting point for creating a rich report to improve and reduce repetitive processes.

Q1 2019 – Introducing Topic Clusters, new Topics and heat maps for Scopus sources

  • Introducing Topic Clusters! To help improve discovery and understanding of the 96,000 Topics in SciVal, we have taken the Topics and aggregated them to around 1,500 Topic Clusters.
  • Newly emerged Topics for 2019: Discover the key contributors to new Topics that have seen a significant growth acceleration in recently published articles and have attracted recent funding. These new Topics are derived from existing parent Topics and are formed by new citation relationships that have occurred in the past year. Access them for free.
  • Heat maps for Scopus sources: Identify outstanding journal performance and compare that performance against a peer institution using our new heat maps.

Scopus sources