SciVal - a tool for evaluating research performance

SciVal is a database and a tool that can be used for evaluating the research activities of individuals, research groups, fields of science and organisations, considering their publication information. With SciVal, you can evaluate the quality and quantity of research activities in relation to other organisations, observe research collaboration and evaluate research trends. SciVal analyses the Scopus reference database starting from the year 1996. Scopus database contains 38 million research publications from 7,500 research organisations and 220 countries. SciVal and the contents of the database are updated continuously, and the research output it analyses is vast and up-to-date.

SciVal database introduction.

Using SciVal

SciVal is available for the staff and students of University of Eastern Finland. Before using, a person requires to register into the SciVal interface.

Login to the SciVal interface here(Click "Sign in" and if you do not have account, then "register now")

You can find User Help in the software's Help menu; including The Online Manual, A Quick User Guide (software support) and The SciVal Metrics Guidebook (help for interpreting the results).

In the University of Eastern Finland, you can get guidance for using SciVal from: Tomi Rosti ( and Marja Kuittinen ( You can also ask for introductions to SciVal in the meetings of your unit or group!

SciVal's functionality

SciVal has four modules for evaluating research activities: Overview, Benchmarking, Collaboration and Trends. From SciVal, you can save images, graphs and maps in pdf or excel format or as image files. My SciVal enables you to share defined entities (including individuals or groups) with other SciVal users within the same organisation.

Examples of questions that you may find answers to in SciVal analyses:

  • What are the university's strong areas in research?
  • With whom do we perform research collaboration (defining collaboration is possible on separate organisation, country or continent level)?
  • What is the field of science-based normalised reference of separate researchers/research groups/organisations?
  • How many publications does our university/research group have in the world's most cited scientific journals?
  • How much corporate collaboration does our university/research group have? How has it developed during the years?
  • What are the strong areas of some other organisation's research?
  • With whom should our university/research group consider to collaborate?
  • What are the ascending and descending topics in this field of research?
  • Which researchers are currently the research subject's most cited scientists?

Purpose of use examples for SciVal:

  • analysing recruitable researchers
  • looking for collaboration partners
  • observing research collaboration
  • comparing your university/research group/field of science to other similar
  • recognising strong research areas
  • recognising ascending research areas
  • strategic planning support for your university, faculty and research group

Who make the most out of using SciVal?

  • university administration
  • the heads of research groups

For more information[at]

Information Specialist Tomi Rosti

Information Specialist Marja Kuittinen

See also

Evaluation based on scientific publishing: Scival, Oulu University Library


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