Measure your economic impact with new metrics in SciVal

Feb 2016

The February 25, 2016 release of SciVal brings new metrics to measure your economic impact and publication visibility and sets a solid foundation for future development by migrating to the Amazon cloud.

Free webinars featuring guest speakers:

We held two release webinars to introduce the new metrics in SciVal. In the webinars we were joined by two customers who have been involved in beta testing the new release. Amberyn Thomas, Director, Scholarly Communication and Digitization Services, University of Queensland and Michelle Hutnik, Science Analyst for the Office of the Vice President, Penn State University shared their experiences on the new metrics and their practical applications.

View the recordings:

Asia Pacific & Europe time zones – Guest speaker Amberyn Thomas, Queensland Uni:

March 15 (Tue), 09:00 – 9:45 CET

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Europe & Americas time zones – Guest speaker Michelle Hutnik, Penn State University:

March 17 (Thur), 16:00 – 16:45 CET

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Below are the key highlights.

Get a proxy for innovation through patent-article citations

This release sees the introduction of patent-article citations – i.e. specific references in patents to published research – from five of the world’s largest patent offices.  These are:

  • WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
  • USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office)
  • EPO (European Patent Office)
  • JPO (Japan Patent Office)
  • IPO (Intellectual Property Office), UK

Patent-article citations provide a proxy for innovation and the potential to transfer knowledge to industry, also referred to as the valorization of knowledge – creating value out of knowledge. Patent-article citations can provide an important indicator of the overall socio-economic impact of an institution. The metric can be used to benchmark your performance with that of your peers and identify possible collaborators working in areas of potential interest to industry.


  • See four different patent-article citation metrics in the overview and benchmarking modules
  • Filter by patent office and subject area, including country specific schemas to pinpoint specific areas of science

Compare research visibility with Scopus views data, now available throughout SciVal

In February 2015 we launched the Trends module and with it the introduction of views (usage) data – the first new data added to SciVal over and above the regular citation and publication data. Now we've made Scopus views data available throughout SciVal, giving you more ways to get an early indication of research visibility.

This data also provides additional insights into the activities of “non-publishing researchers," a group that makes up approximately one-third of all researchers. These researchers do not cite articles, so usage metrics provide valuable insights into the research behavior of an impactful group of researchers that may otherwise remain “hidden."

  • See views metrics for researchers, institutions, countries and groups
  • Benchmark them against each other to get an indication of their research visibility
  • Take subject area differences into account with the Field-Weighted View Impact.

Scopus Views

Compare Research Visibility graphic

Investing in the future – moving to the cloud

Some of the biggest things we've done you won't even notice! And that's how it's meant to be. We're investing in the future of the platform and have moved SciVal's computing power (HPCC Systems) to the Amazon cloud (AWS).

This will ensure that now and in the future, no matter how many users we have, how many new data source and metrics are added, SciVal will continue to be fast, responsive and a joy to use.

Additional enhancements

  • Create departmental structures quickly – we've improved the bulk import feature to make it even faster to upload departmental structures to SciVal, allowing you to get the "big picture" sooner
  • Over 950 new institutions added to SciVal, bringing the total institution count to over 7,500 which allows you to find a greater range of collaboration partners

Read the Elsevier Connect article:

A fresh look at the socio-economic impact of research by Lisa Colledge, DPhil

The next release is due in Q2 2016 and brings with further new metrics. It continues the evolution of SciVal – a move from only using traditional performance measurements (publication citation-based evaluation), to input and outcome metrics (such as views and awarded grant data), and on to metrics which could give more insights towards socio-economic impact. More details are available on the roadmap page.