SciVal map

SciVal is a powerful global database that will let you do many things. Some things may be useful to research management teams for providing information to make strategic decisions, for example -

Individual academics and members of research staff may also find SciVal useful to find potential collaborators or experts in your research area.  


SciVal is massive! So we cannot hope to provide a comprehensive manual covering every eventuality. Instead, we've given a few FAQs to cover the basics.  If you would like further help, please get in contact with the Research Outputs team -


Related topics: Journal and author bibliometrics are related to SciVal because SciVal collates these metrics together. Plus you may like to read how SciVal relates to Pure.





Getting started: Can you give me a very quick tour around SciVal?

All staff and students can access SciVal - login instructions.

When you login, you'll see three main tabs: Overview, Benchmarking and Collaboration.

SciVal overview tab

The Overview tab gives a summary of a particular university, department or research group (see above). You can look at Portsmouth or any other university, or in fact, any other organisation or business.


SciVal benchmarking tab

The Benchmarking tab allows you to compare universities, organisations, businesses, departments and research groups (see above).


SciVal collaborators tab

The Collaboration tab allows you to explore who Portsmouth (or any other university or business) has published with (see above).


The Quick Guide to SciVal gives more detailed information about what SciVal can do.

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Where does the data in SciVal actually come from - and what are it's limitations?

The data in SciVal comes from Scopus.  Scopus is the major international publication database, indexing research articles from a wide range of subject areas. (A limitation is that while Scopus - and hence also SciVal - covers a wide range of subject areas, it's coverage of the arts and some humanities subjects is not ideal).

SciVal essentially analyses the vast amount of information about citations and author affiliations in Scopus and presents it in a (hopefully!) easy to understand way.

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How can I compare Portsmouth to other universities?

You can do this using the Benchmarking tab in SciVal (see above). To access the Benchmarking tab -

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How can I explore areas of expertise at Portsmouth? 

SciVal topics

You can do this using the Overview tab in SciVal (see above). To do this -

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How can I compare my department or research group with an equivalent research group or department at another university?

You can use SciVal (login instructions) to compare department or research groups at Portsmouth with equivalent departments and research groups at other universities.

To do this, you will need to go into the My SciVal tab (top-right of the screen) and create groups containing the relevant researchers from Portsmouth and the researchers from the other university.

You can then use the Benchmarking tab to make comparisons.

For more information, please contact

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How can I find out who Portsmouth is collaborating with?

A powerful feature of SciVal is the way in which its Collaboration tab (see above) allows you to identify and analyse existing and potential collaboration opportunities based on publication output and citation impact. You can do this using the Collaboration tab -

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How can I find experts working in a particular area?

You can do this in SciVal using the Research Areas facility. To do this -

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How can I investigate the effect of adding a particular new academic to my research group or department?

My SciVal

This can be done in SciVal (login instructions). This can use useful to predict the effect that a particular new academic joining Portsmouth could have on the key metrics.

To do this, you will need to create a Research Group containing your existing academics and then add the new academic to that group. You can do this in the My SciVal tab (above).

Once you have done this, you can then see the effect adding this individual has on the metrics using the Benchmarking tab.

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