SciVal – Who are potential collaborators in a specific research area? 

Research collaboration promotes knowledge exchange and accelerates research through shared resources and funding. By collaborating with researchers from different institutions/organisations, authors can also reach out to a wider range of audiences. 

One of the common concerns that researchers face is finding the right collaborators for their research. 

Using SciVal’s collaboration module, authors can identify and analyse existing and potential collaboration opportunities. 

Analyse existing collaboration 

Collaboration in SciVal is indicated using metrics such as international, national or institutional co-authorship, and single authorship. A publication can also has academic-corporate collaborate, or not.  

International co-authored papers have higher FWCI and generate more citations and views from other researchers. 1,2 

 Figure 7: SciVal provides breakdown of the collaboration of an institution/researcher for analysis 

Evaluate current collaboration partner 

SciVal can also be used to compare the collaboration between institutions. By selecting the institutions under the Collaboration module, SciVal displays an overview of the individual institution’s publications, citations, and impact as well as the information on the co-authored publications between the institutions. 

Figure 8: Compare the performance of a collaboration with current collaborator 

Furthermore, SciVal provides the breakdown on the co-authored publications by subject area in two different graphical representations, pie chart or a bar chart.  

Figure 9: Pie chart to visualise the subject area for co-authored publications 

If you would like to have a further evaluation between the institutions, you can export the selected institution to the Benchmarking module, as shared in the previous blog post. 

Identify potential collaboration opportunities 

Besides analysing existing collaborations, SciVal identifies potential collaboration opportunities based on the institutions that did not co-author any publications with your institution within the selected year range and subject area. 

Figure 10: SciVal helps to identify potential collaborators 

If you are only interested in collaboration within a certain field, you can also filter to your chosen subject area. There are a total of 27 categories and 334 subcategories to choose from in the Scopus All Science Journal Classification (ASJC), or you can use a different journal classification. 

In the next post, we will be sharing on how to use SciVal to understand the current trends in research. In the meantime, check out our previous posts on our introduction to SciVal and using SciVal’s benchmarking module.  

Also, look out for our upcoming Researcher Unbound workshop on 5 October 10:00 am where we will share more about how you can use SciVal to identify top or potential collaborators and spot research trends. 

If you need more assistance on Research Impact Measurement, refer to our library guide here:  

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