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Elsevier's SciVal Case Study

Educational Institution


This case study of an educational institution is based on a November 2016 survey of Elsevier’s SciVal customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled organization asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“SciVal’s easy to use interface makes this data accessible and manipulable.”

“We use SciVal to gather metrics (FWCI, top % in top journals) by school.”

“SciVal provides research deans in each of our colleges and departments summaries of their department.”


The business challenges that led the profiled organization to evaluate and ultimately select Elsevier’s SciVal:

  • Would gather information on their institution’s research output via the following methods if they did not have access to SciVal:
    • Internet searches
    • Scopus or similar citation databases

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Elsevier’s SciVal that the surveyed organization uses:

  • Uses SciVal often, for making reports.


The surveyed organization achieved the following results with Elsevier’s SciVal:

  • Uses SciVal to achieve the following outcomes and objectives for their academic institution:
    • Help benchmark their institution, department, and/or researcher(s) against peers
    • Save time and effort in compiling data for internal and external reports
    • Provide an evidence-based understanding of research collaboration patterns
    • Help measure the impact of their institution’s research
    • Identify the rising stars, as well as support recruitment and tenure decisions
  • Agrees with the following statements:
    • SciVal saves time and effort: strongly agree
    • SciVal provides them with new insights they wouldn’t otherwise have: strongly agree
    • SciVal is intuitive and easy to use: strongly agree
    • SciVal helps with setting their research management strategy: strongly agree
    • SciVal improves the quality and success of their grant applications: agree
    • SciVal helps them provide answers to their internal stakeholders: strongly agree
    • SciVal helps identify industry and academic collaboration partners: agree

About This Data

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