Using Scival to find Economic Impact

Scival patents

Scival have recently introduced an Economic Impact measure which you can find in the Overview section of the tool.  This uses information from around the world to find patents which cite publications from Swansea University, potentially showing an effect on industry. As there is an 18 month time lag between a patent being applied for and being published it won’t show an effect for very recent publications.

It is possible to filter by patent office so you can look at just the UK, Europe, Japan, US or worldwide.

This recorded webinar has more information about using this feature.

If Scival is new to you, our previous post has links to guides etc.

Are you missing out on research promotion? Cronfa reaches further than you might think.

Some of you might have wondered if there is any point in putting your work in the university repository, other than the REF requirement. I have been taking a look at usage statistics and have definitely found an upwards trend . We have had an increase in over a thousand users since December so the site is getting attention – why not take advantage of that to showcase your work?

Where are the users from?

Since 1st December, although a large percentage of visitors came from the UK, there was use from 122 countries in total. This shows the top ten.


How do they find Cronfa?


The bulk of our users find us by keyword search (organic). A large number are also from links on other sites (a lot of them Swansea ones but some elsewhere). Direct users type in the url of the site so will be very familiar with it and a growing number come via social media with Twitter being the clear favourite.


Help to make Cronfa grow by adding your work and spreading the word.

Impact Challenge – 30 Days of ideas

Explosion in blue

The Impact Story blog has been running a great series of posts around the theme of “Impact Challenge”:

The series has been running through November – the first post stated their aims to “supercharge your research impact”:

  • upgrade your professional visibility by conquering social media,

  • boost your readership and citations by getting your work online,

  • stay atop your field’s latest developments with automated alerting,

  • lock in the key connections with colleagues that’ll boost your career, and

  • dazzle evaluators with comprehensive tracking and reporting on your own impacts.

Each post has information and ideas, followed by some homework suggestions. Now the series is over, you can look through and pick which ones may benefit you most.

Research Impact: Tools for Success (5th Dec 2013)


Our Research Impact one-day workshop took place in the library on Thursday – the event was run by ISS in conjunction with DRI, APECS, SURF and was sponsored by a grant from the Welsh Government. For those who attended – and for those who were unable to make it – here are links and materials from the day where available:

We hope to repeat some or all of these sessions – please get in touch if you would like more information on the above or to request future sessions: 

RCUK launches new system for recording “research impact”

Research Councils UK have launched the Research Outcomes System. It has been closely aligned with requirements for the REF and is designed so that researchers can input details of their research at any stage. It will be used by AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and EPSRC and will record details such as any collaboration in the project, communication and staff development as well as impact.

Let the light shine on your research publications!

It is Open Access week. Researchers, librarians, publishers, and research funders are all talking about Open Access. By publishing your work in an OA repostitory or OA journal, you will make it more discoverable by other researchers. The more people read your work, the more likely it is to get cited by others and potentially increase its impact.

As part of OA week, R2RC have published a new guide to publishing for research students: Optimize Your Research

Bibliometrics and peer review – the Italian view

A very interesting new article has just been published by researchers in Italy, who have analysed data from the first Italian national research evaluation to see whether there is a correlation between bibliometric indicators and peer review.

The questions they posed were:

  1. Are peer review judgements and (article and journal) bibliometric indicators independent variables?
  2. What is the strength of the association?
  3. Is the association between peer judgement and article citation rating significantly stronger than the association between peer judgement and journal citation rating?

They found “a compelling body of evidence that judgements given by domain experts and bibliometric indicators are significantly positively correlated” and in their conclusions, they suggest:

Bibliometrics are not independent of peer review assessment. right triangle, filled The correlation between peer assessment and bibliometric indicators is significant but not perfect. right triangle, filled Peer review should be integrated with bibliometric indicators in national assessment exercises.

Franceschet, M & Constantini, A (2010) “The first Italian research assessment exercise: A bibliometric perspective“, Journal of Informetrics, in press, corrected proof Science Direct [Online].