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Visualising Impact of Research

Smart Tools: Scival, Essential Science Indicators, Altmetric Explorer and UvA-view

All research has impact: sometimes the impact is on society in general and sometimes on a smaller community of peers. Measuring the impact of research is not only important for you as a researcher, but also for funding agencies.

Support tools can provide insights into important patterns and trends within research areas and can help you visualize data in smart ways to your benefit, helping you create evaluation reports, visualize your research performance for grant applications and annual evaluations, benchmark your performance against colleagues, and develop collaborations with peers or even companies. 

How can I measure the impact of my research?

You can measure the impact of your research in various ways:

  • Traditional bibliometric measures: These measures offer analysis around publication numbers, citations to a publication, Journal Impact Factors (JIF), and H-index.
  • Alternative metrics or altmetrics: These measures provide insights into the extent to which your research is shared and discussed via news outlets, blogs and social media, or even mentioned in patents and policy documents.

The library of the UvA offers you access to three tools which can help you analyse the impact of your research at both the bibliometric and altmetrics level.

  • Scival: A bibliometric tool that uses data from Scopus to analyze the research performance of universities, groups, individuals, and even countries.
  • Essential Science Indicators (ESI): set of indicators, based on data from Web of Science Core Collection, which can be used to analyze the research performance of universities, groups, individuals, and even countries.
  • Altmetric Explorer: A web-based platform that provides a up to date measure of attention around scholarly research.


SciVal is a support tool which can provide insights into patterns and trends within research areas, helping you to visualize data in smart ways to your benefit.

  • How do I access Scival

    Scival is only accessible within the UvA buildings (whit in the UvA IP domain, also available with VPN / pulse). You can access SciVal using your Elsevier account or simply create a new account if you do not have one yet (via the website of SciVal.)

  • How can SciVal help you?
    • Analyze research trends: SciVal allows you to analyze research trends by research area. Citation and publication data can lead you to top researchers and upcoming talents in your field.
    • Identify individuals or groups of researchers: SciVal can help you identify individual researchers, or put together groups of researchers, by subject area or publication set.
    • Generate large data sets and tables: SciVal runs on a supercomputer allowing you to quickly generate and visualize large data sets and tables.
    • Import data sets: SciVal calculates key figures for the UvA as a whole, allowing you to import data sets, such as data sets from Pure.
  • Scival support

    The library can provide you with support if you need help using SciVal. If you would like to learn more about SciVal or have any feedback after using SciVal, please contact the field-specific information specialists who will be happy to help.

    Please visit the the Scival website to access manuals on how to use SciVal.

Essential Science Indicators (ESI)

ESI is a set of indicators that helps you identify top-performing research in Web of Science Core Collection. With ESI you can rank authors, institutions, countries, and journals in 22 broad fields based on publication and citation performance.

  • Options in Essential Science Indicators

    Essential Science Indicators consist of three parts: Field Baselines, Citation Thresholds, and indicators. You can select Thresholds, citation rates and top papers by research field for authors, journals, institutions and countries.

    • Examine the research performance of top-ranking institutions, countries, journals, authors, and papers in each of the 22 research fields in Essential Science Indicators.
    • Compare the citation performance of a paper with that of its peers by both publication period and field.
    • Identify trends and emerging areas of research in the sciences and social sciences.

Altmetric Explorer

The Altmetric Explorer from provides a real-time measure of attention around your research in an easy-to-use interface.

Via one tool you can see an overview of discussions around your research covering policy documents, mainstream news outlets, post-publication peer-review forums, social media and blogs, Wikipedia, and online reference managers like Mendeley. Research is given a score providing an indicator of the quantity and reach of attention it has received. If you are interested in benchmarking your research against competitors, you can also compare the attention your research is receiving against theirs.

Altmetrics provide a real-time indicator of public engagement with your research and allows you to ‘get to know’ your audience via audience demographics.

  • How can Altmetric Explorer help you?

    Altmetric Explorer has a user-friendly dashboard which will enable you to:

    • See an overview of discussions around your research: See where, by whom, when and how often your publication, whether an article, dataset, book chapter or  report, is being discussed on the web.
    • Discover references to your publications: Discover which policy documents from around the world are referring to your publications.
    • Gain an understanding of societal impact: Understand societal involvement around your scientific research.
    • Download data: Include altmetrics data in your grant applications or evaluations.
  • Important features in the Altmetric Explorer
    • Useful options: Make use of the 'edit search' and 'quick search' functions.
    • Don’t forget to save: If you have performed a meaningful search, use the "save search" function to access your search later.
    • Set up notifications: You can receive daily, weekly, or monthly e-mail notifications of your saved searches via the 'saved searches' function.
    • Discover tips & tricks: Ensure you are aware of all the features offered by reading the manual about Altmetric Explorer, which includes tips & tricks for different groups of users, such as researchers, communication, and policy staff.
  • Altmetric Explorer support

    To maximise the attention around your research you can:

    • Engage on social media: Post about your research and engage with other posters on social media. By referencing your article DOI or book ISBN you will ensure that your research is trackable by Altmetric Explorer.
    • Publish open access: Open access publications are also accessible to non-academic readers, maximising public engagement.
    • The library can provide you with support if you need help using Altmetric Explorer. If you would like to learn more about Altmetric Explorer, or have any feedback after using Altmetric Explorer, please contact Hanneke van der Veen.
    • Please visit to access their support page on how to use Altmetic Explorer.
    H.S. (Hanneke) van der Veen MA LLM

    Library of the UvA

    Digitaal Productiecentrum


UvA view provides an overview of the publication landscape at the University of Amsterdam at various levels of the organisation, providing insight into the publication behaviour of UvA staff members.

Within UvA-view resources are linked, analysed, and visualized using state-of-the-art techniques. UvA-view covers data from Pure - the university’s research information system, Web of Science, Scopus, Narcis, Google Scholar, and the local library catalogue.