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.

University Rankings: using Scival to analyse performance

scival bar chart

Did you know that Times Higher World rankings and QS World University rankings use citation data? QS World rankings gives 20% of its mark to a university’s citation count and Times World rankings gives 30%.

According to the Times ranking:

“The citations help to show us how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge: they tell us whose research has stood out, has been picked up and built on by other scholars and, most importantly, has been shared around the global scholarly community to expand the boundaries of our understanding, irrespective of discipline”

Not everyone agrees about the worth of citations but it is clearly important to know how we are performing in this area. Swansea now subscribes to Scival – a tool which can analyse citations based on data from the Scopus database, used by both QS and the Times.

Resources for using Scival

Guide to using Scival to analyse your individual performance

Guide to analysing a department

Scival metrics guidebook

Snowball metrics – these are standard metrics being developed for universities independently of any one company

Your research librarians can give advice and help: