SciVal Experts: Finding Research Expertise Across Arizona’s Higher Education Expertise
The Arizona research community now
has access to SciVal Experts, an online research database that is expected to
facilitate collaboration across the three public Arizona universities and between
the three universities and the private sector. The tri-university (http://www.experts.scival.com/aus/)
and NAU-specific (http://www.experts.scival.com/nau/)
research catalogs were funded by the Arizona Board of Regents and the Arizona
Commerce Authority earlier this year.
“SciVal will allow the universities
opportunities to build cross-disciplinary teams, not only within any
university, but also across all three universities,” said Vice President for
Research William Grabe. Provost Laura Huenneke also sees potential in the new
platform. “We’ve seen how challenging it can be to pull together
cross-university teams of collaborators. This new system tackles that
SciVal Experts mines data from the
Scopus dataset to present a variety of publishing trends across the Arizona
university system, colleges, departments, or research centers and institutions.
Each expert profile provides information about the researcher’s recent
publications, most frequent coauthors, and preferred journals for publications.
In addition to browsing by department or institution, interested parties can
search the user-friendly database for relevant researcher profiles by concept,
last name, or free text (i.e., abstracts of journals, book chapters, or funding
“The SciVal approach has the
potential to take all kinds of scholarly works – including books or monographs
– and incorporate indicators of intellectual capacity in non-science fields as
well,” said Huenneke. “All three university provosts hope that we can figure
out how to extend this system soon."
Anyone with an internet connection
can access SciVal Experts to access the information across all three state
Because of the limited number of "slots" to be shared between the three universities, not all NAU faculty can be
included in SciVal at this time.
However, NAU faculty with existing profiles are encouraged to create
accounts in order to update their expert profiles with relevant information
(such as research interests and CVs) to increase the efficiency of the system.
If you have questions about SciVal
Experts or profile eligibility, please contact the Office of the Vice President
for Research at (928) 523-4340.