SciVal Roadmap

SciVal is continually evolving, improving and being updated to suit your changing needs. We want to keep you informed of all the exciting and innovative features and functions which we are in the process of developing.  We continue to invest in the platform, add new metrics, functionality and data types to help meet the reporting requirements of senior management, research administrators, researchers, government & funding agencies.

See what’s on the road for SciVal!

*As with all Roadmaps it is an outline of future plans, and thus features and timings may change.

Funding awarded grant and usage data available throughout SciVal.

Q4 2016

Funding Awarded

In the next release we will add funding awarded grant data from 16 large funding bodies from the US, Canada, UK and Australia to SciVal.

Why is this important?

Funding awarded grant data provide a glimpse into the future. They show a preview into the science areas that will be researched before the research papers have been written, read and cited.

Research timeline - from idea to impact
[Research timeline - from idea to impact]

Our funding awarded grant data will be available in all four modules and can be used to benchmark institutions and countries against each other:

  • Which institutions are the most successful in getting funding?
  • Which of those institutions collaborate with my institution or internationally?
  • Which subject areas are they working on and how are they performing?
Awards Volume (value)Awards Volume (count)
[Example of the information seen in the Overview module at an institutional level]

But this is only the beginning! We will begin a programme to include additional funding bodies in 2016 and beyond.

Mass media mentions from a variety of news sources

Q4 2016

Mass Media

The exciting new feature allows you to see how many times and by which sources your institute’s research has been mentioned by the mass media over the past years. It is a new way of measuring the societal impact of researchers’ work. Increased media coverage, results in greater visibility of your work, which subsequently allows you to attract and secure more funding for future research.

This new features is based upon 55,000 online sources and 8,000 print sources, from English language sources (only), therefore there will be a bias towards English.

What’s covered?

  • Mass media shows the aggregate number of mentions
  • Media exposure gives a weighting to the various media sources depending on their reputation and international renown
  • Field-weighted mass media provides a similar weighting methodology as for FWCI

Mass Media Mentions

New look and feel for the SciVal platform

Q4 2016

New look and feel

We have improved the user interface making it more intuitive to use, and provides a smoother experience when transitioning across various platforms such as Scopus and Science Direct. The functionality and intuitive design of SciVal has not changed, however we have made some small changes to the design and layout.

What’s new?

  • Improved interoperability with Scopus and other Elsevier products
  • New responsive design and layout, making it easier to access SciVal from different devices
  • Cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing design, which provides a smother user experience



Publication profiles from institutions across top journal percentiles.

Q4 2016

Publication Profiles

We will be introducing Elsevier’s new journal metric, CiteScore, in SciVal this year.

What does it measure?

CiteScore calculates the citations from all documents in year-one to all documents published in the prior three years for that journal. It therefore gives a more robust and accurate indication of journal performance.

Why is it important?

It allows comparing the publication profile from your institution to other institutions across top journal percentiles.

Example of a comparison between two universities using CiteScore metric

[Example of a comparison between two universities using CiteScore metric]

New Reporting Functionality

Q4 2016


We’re excited to present you with the latest module for SciVal, which allows you to set up and generate customised reports on a recurring basis.

You are often spending time creating the same reports on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. Now you are able to save your most utilised reports in MySciVal for you to access and share whenever you need it.

Why is it important?

  • You can set up reports which are specifically customised to reflect your institute’s specific objectives
  • Reports are quick and easy to export and share with your external stakeholders
  • Save and re-run periodic reports, which allows you to create a snapshot of you institute and compare it over time

roadmap modules

Exciting developments in SciVal

Q1 & Q2 2017

Exciting Developments

There have been many new and exciting developments in SciVal throughout this year and 2017 will be no different! We have many exciting releases coming your way shortly including:  

  • Increasing several export/download thresholds
  • SciVal metrics API
  • Create Research Areas based on text (i.e. fingerprint matching)
  • Mendeley readership counts of publications
  • More funding bodies added to SciVal (ongoing throughout 2016)
  • Evaluate research performance in books
  • Internal usage reports for customers

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