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SciVal Training

Contact: Nicole Sitek,

Join us to learn about SciVal, Elsevier’s analytics solution with unparalleled power and flexibility. SciVal instantly provides access to the comprehensive research performance of over 19,000 research institutions and their associated researchers from 230 nations worldwide. SciVal allows you to visualize your research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop strategic partnerships, identify and analyze new, emerging research trends, and create uniquely tailored reports.

  • 30 minute sessions, every other week
  • 11 sessions total with the first 6 focusing on new users
  • First 6 are set up and you can register for all 6 as of right now
  • At the end of each workshop, there will be an opportunity for individuals to print off a certificate of completion
  • These sessions will be recorded 


New Workshops (listed May14, 2021)

1. Getting Started with SciVal  - Feb 2, 2021; 11:30 am

  • Understand where the data in SciVal comes from​
  • Navigate the modules
  • Understand entities available in SciVal​
  • Confidently export charts and data from SciVal​

2. Institutional Insights - Feb 17, 2021; 1 pm

  • Key institutional metrics
  • Understanding an institution’s focus…what are we good at?
  • Creating reports

3. Research Metrics in SciVal  - March 2, 2021; 11:30 am

  • Discover the array of metrics available (including Open Access filters)
  • Ethically apply metrics in a variety of situations
  • Get a grip on Topics

4. Performance is relative: SciVal Benchmarking module  - Mar 17, 2021; 1 pm

  • Benchmarking peers
  • Comparisons across entity types
  • Monitoring impact over time

5. Facilitating Collaborations - Mar 30, 2021; 11:30 am

  • Why are collaborations important?
  • Identifying current collaborations and their impact
  • Finding potential partners

6. SciVal Trends Module: A deep dive  - Apr 14, 2021; 1 pm

  • Gain insights from research trends
  • Pre-defined and custom-created research areas
  • Discover key researchers and institutions


7. Metrics for research group evaluationJune 9; 11:30 am

  • Explore metrics appropriate for research group analyses, and learn how to shine a light on areas of strength. We will also create and edit a report for our research group. 

8. Benchmarking: Flexibility and function - June 22; 1 pm

  • Find out how to benchmark over time, use multiple metrics, and take advantage of animation features to wow your audience.

9. Grant applicant data and metricsdata and metrics - July 7; 11:30 am

  • Showcasing expertise and highlighting accomplishments of project members can enhance grant applications. We will also demonstrate how to use embedded tools to help with your narration and descriptions. 

10. Showcase strengths - July 20; 1 pm

  • Find out how to identify research accomplishments, and ethically and impactfully use metrics to highlight research excellence.

11. Identify research trends - August 4; 11:30 am

  • What can Topic Prominence tell us about trending research? We’ll also discuss how to put this intelligence to best use.

12. Competitive intelligence - August 17; 1 pm

  • Find out how SciVal can be used to discover more information about collaborators and competitors for faculty, funding and attention. 

13. Institutional strengths compared to others - September 1; 11:30 am

  • Is your university a member of a consortium, alliance, or group of institutions? Find out how to use SciVal to easily see comparative strengths, weaknesses, and collaborative efforts.




The U-M Office of the Vice President for Research purchased a campuswide license to SciVal, a web-based analytics tool that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of more than 14,000 research institutions and their associated researchers from 230 nations worldwide.

SciVal allows the U-M campus community to:

  • Visualize research performance
  • Benchmark progress
  • Develop collaborative partnerships
  • Analyze research trends
  • Create custom reports


SciValUsing advanced data analytics and super-computer technology, SciVal can process large amounts of data to generate powerful analyses and visualizations on demand. SciVal enables users to evaluate their own, as well as their peers' research activities from a variety of perspectives in order to help develop, execute and evaluate strategies based on reliable evidence.

The intuitive interface allows users to instantly analyze more than 50 million publication records from more than 22,000 journals of 5,000-plus publishers worldwide. With access to more than 280 trillion metric values, SciVal is able to quickly provide context to analyses and to generate powerful data visualizations to inform decision-making processes.


Source for the information below:

Visualize research performance

Access comprehensive research performance summaries of any desired research entities, identify their unique research strengths and multidisciplinary Research Areas.

  • Retrieve at-a-glance, standardized reports instantly with reporting templates, or create your own reports
  • Get a high-level overview of the research performance of your institution, other institutions, countries and researchers
  • Access Topic Prominence in Science overviews for research entities, such as institutions, countries and researchers

Benchmark progress

Compare the performance of institutions, countries and pre-defined groups, or create your own Research Areas and monitor progress over time.

  • Perform in-depth analyses to meet your specific objectives by selecting any combination of subject areas and metrics from a comprehensive set
  • Identify your relative strengths and weaknesses to inform your research planning and strategy

Develop collaborative partnerships

Identify and evaluate existing and potential collaboration opportunities based on publication output and citation impact.

  • Explore your institution's current and prospective partnerships via an interactive map, which starts with a worldwide view, but can then be zoomed in to individual collaborating institutions and researchers
  • Identify your top collaborative institutions and co-authorships by drilling into specific subject areas, Topics of Prominence or self-defined research topics

Analyze research trends

Analyze the research trends of any Research Area, Topic or Topic Cluster with citation and usage data to discover key researchers, rising stars and current developments in fields of interest.

  • View the overall performance of a Research Area, then dig deeper into the activity and impact of the institutions, countries, authors and journals involved and inform your research strategy accordingly
  • Usage information complements citation data to give a more complete picture of research performance and activity

Create custom reports

You can quickly utilize reporting templates for researchers, institutions and Topics to gain a balanced overview of these entities, or create analyses from across the modules, combining a selection of analyses to create uniquely tailored Reports.

  • Save your most used reports in SciVal to export and share whenever you need to
  • Select from a number of predefined reporting templates as a starting point
  • Edit the analyses, adding and removing entities, changing the year range and/or selecting more metrics and save
  • Share Reports with other SciVal users within your institution


  1. Visit
  2. Click "Sign In" in the upper right corner
  3. At the "Welcome" page, click "You can also sign in via your institution, organization or OpenAthens"
  4. At the "Find your institution" page, type in your U-M email address
  5. Click "Sign in via your institution"

References and Resources


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