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Using Research Indicators

This guide provides information about indicators that can be used as a measure of research performance

What is SciVal?

SciVal database is useful for analysing and benchmarking research performance at the levels of individual researchers, research groups, institutions and countries.

Scopus is the data source used in SciVal.

SciVal consists of five modules:

  • Overview: presents high-level pre-defined analyses of the research performance of JCU in relation to other institutions, countries and groups of researchers.
  • Benchmarking: create your groups based on institutions, researchers, publications, countries or research areas to benchmark research performance using a variety of metrics, including the metrics in this LibGuide.
  • Collaboration: identify and analyze existing and potential collaboration opportunities, and see who others are collaborating with.
  • Trends: analyze research areas to find current scientific trends and spot growing or declining topics in a field, collaboration opportunities and rising stars.
  • Reporting: customise reports for specific purposes.

Groups of JCU researchers have been created within SciVal that will be useful for you to benchmark your research. The groups include each of the following:

  • each College
  • each Research Centre
  • Academic Levels for researchers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and HASS (Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences) disciplines.

Accessing SciVal?

SciVal is available to JCU staff and students from the Databases tab on the Library home page. The SciVal link below will take you there.

Note that the first time you use SciVal, you need to be on campus to authenticate your access. See the step-by-step screenshots file below for more information.

Using SciVal

‚ÄčTo get started in SciVal, download and work through the slides in the following file.

As explained above and in the second slide of this file, one of the first things we recommend you do is to send a request for access to the groups at JCU that will be useful for benchmarking your research.

Other topics covered in this file are:

  • Accessing SciVal
  • Define a new researcher
  • Define a new research group
  • Check your own profile
  • Export a publications list

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