What’s new in SciVal ? – Media mentions

A new release of SciVal, the research intelligence tool from Elsevier, was launched in mid-November.

The tool now features two additional sources of information that can be mined: Awarded Grants and Mass Media Mentions. This post covers the Mass Media Mentions and how you can make the best use of this data. An earlier post covered the Awarded Grants feature.

The societal impact of an institution can now be measured in SciVal via mass media mentions of its research outputs. SciVal tracks only English-speaking media sources at present and covers 39,000 online sources and 6,000 print sources. The data cover 2 full years plus the current year for online sources and 5 full years and the current year for print sources. Currently, most of the media sources being tracked are based in the USA and so this should be borne in mind when looking at the data for a particular institution.

Overview module

Mass media mentions in Scival

Image from SciVal (redacted)

To look at mass media mentions for an institution, use the ‘Societal Impact’ tab in the Overview module in SciVal. Use the button to choose which kind of media type you are interested in. You can also use the subject filter to narrow down your search to a particular area of research.

Breakdown of media exposure

Image from SciVal (redacted)

You can also get a breakdown of the kind of media sources that picked up the research and whether they were internationally recognised (eg. BBC) or a local interest source. Below is an example of a Media Exposure graph.

There is also a field-weighted graph that makes comparisons of institutions in the same country possible regardless of their subject areas (medical research is often picked up by the media more than other subjects).

Benchmarking against other institutions

Graph comparing different institutions

Use the Benchmarking module to compare media mentions between institutions in the same country (image from SciVal, redacted)

The data can also be displayed in a table format and downloaded as a PDF, image file or CSV file.

It is anticipated that links to the media mentions will be added in early 2017.

Further information

SciVal is available for all users at the University of Reading. You have to register for an account to use the tool. Access is only available when on campus (or using the VPN). For help and support with SciVal and to gain access to Reading University’s customised structures, contact the Research Publications Adviser.

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CentAUR statistics for October 2016

Infographic featuring key statistics fro the CentAUR repository

Key statistics from the University of Reading’s CentAUR repository

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What’s new in SciVal ? – Awarded Grants

A new release of SciVal, the research intelligence tool from Elsevier, was launched in mid-November.

The tool now features two additional sources of information that can be mined: Awarded Grants and Mass Media Mentions. This post covers the Awarded Grants feature and how you can make the best use of this data. A second post on Mass Media Mentions will follow.

Awarded Grants

The data on awarded grants comes from major funding organisations across the UK, USA and Australia. For the UK, information from the UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust is available. To analyse the data, select an institution from the overview module and then click on the ‘Awarded Grants’ tab.

How to access the awarded grants information in SciVal

Access grant information via the Awarded Grants tab (images from SciVal)

The graphs that appear will show the award volume in US$ and the number of awards. You can also probe deeper into the awards to filter by subject area or by funding body and view the data as a table, bar chart or pie chart.

Table of awards granted

Details of awards from each funding body for a given institution are available (image taken from SciVal)

Pie chart of awards per subject area

Plot the awards by amount received by an institution per subject area (image taken from SciVal)


It is also possible to perform some benchmarking to make comparisons between the grant funding awarded to different institutions. Use the Benchmarking tab to do this and select the institutions that you are interested in from the Institutions and Groups subsection of the menu on the left hand side of the screen.

Benchmarking of Grant Funding

The benchmarking tab allows you to compare funding between institutions and filter down by subject area (image taken from SciVal)

Collaborations with other institutions

If you are using the Collaboration feature in SciVal to find out more about current or potential collaborators, you can also find out how much funding they have been awarded and how many grants. It is possible to filter down by subject area, for example:

Filtering down by subject area gives the amount and number of awards given

Filtering down by subject area gives the amount and number of awards given (Image from SciVal with some information redacted)

More information is how the awarded grant information is harvested is available in the SciVal Online Manual.

SciVal is available for all users at the University of Reading. You have to register for an account to use the tool. Access is only available when on campus (or using the VPN). For help and support with SciVal and to gain access to Reading University’s customised structures, contact the Research Publications Adviser

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Our Orchid for an ORCID winner

As part of our Open Access week activities at University of Reading, we held an ‘Orchid for an ORCiD’ competition for our researchers, research students and research support staff. We had 59 entries and the lucky winner of our orchid and a £20 book token was Dr Paul Williams of the Department of Meteorology.

When I went to his office to present the prizes, I talked to him about why he signed up for an ORCID Identifier and how he uses it in his research activities.

Photo of Paul Williams with his orchid prize

Paul Williams with his orchid prize and his ORCID iD page open on his computer

How long have you had your ORCID iD?
I signed up for one in December 2015.

Why did you decide to register for an ORCID iD?
There were two factors which influenced my decision to sign up. A number of major publishers, including the Royal Society and the American Geophysical Union, announced that it was going to be obligatory to have an ORCID iD in order to publish in their journals from 2016. I’m an editor for an AGU journal, Geophysical Research Letters, so I thought I better register for one if I expected all the authors to do the same. Another important reason was to stop my publications being mixed up with papers from other authors with a similar or identical name – my name is not unusual and there’s even another UK Paul Williams publishing in the same field.

List of ORCID iDs registered to researchers called Paul Williams

If you search the ORCID registry, you’ll find a lot of researchers called Paul Williams!

How easy was it to add information to your ORCID record?
It was surprisingly easy to populate my ORCID record. The education and employment sections required a small amount of manual input, but the funding and works sections were easy to import from other sources.

How many of your funding awards did you manage to import via the ‘search and link’ feature?
The search feature is very good and all my major grants from the Royal Society and the Natural Environment Research Council were easy to import. The UberResearch wizard was a quick way to pull in my research awards.

Have you entered and used your ORCID ID on any other websites – for example, a publisher’s manuscript submission system, when applying for funding or Researchfish?
I now input my ORCID iD when submitting manuscripts for publication, if the publisher’s manuscript submission system has this enabled.  I have also linked my ORCID iD with my ResearcherID account, so that information on new publications only has to be entered once.

Do you have any plans to add to your ORCID record, for example, linking to your Scopus ID, adding keywords etc. 
I have just added some keywords to my ORCID record today!  I also plan to link to my Scopus Author ID when I get the chance.

Did you know that you can use your ORCID iD to track attention to your outputs using Altmetric?

I really enjoyed using my ORCID iD to track attention to my outputs using Altmetric, now that the University has a subscription.  It was easy to login (no password needed as you can continue as a guest!) and it was straightforward to search the full database using my ORCID iD.  As I am an active Twitter user (@DrPaulDWilliams), I will be using this capability in future to find, reply to, retweet, and favourite tweets directly from within Altmetric.

Altmetric attention for an ORCID ID

You can search the Altmetric database using your ORCID iD to track attention to your research outputs

What’s your ORCID iD?
My ORCID iD is 0000-0002-9713-9820.

If you’re inspired to sign up for an ORCID iD by Paul’s story, it only takes a few minutes. Your ORCID iD belongs to you and not to your institution. Sign up here or find out more from our handy LibGuide.

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What is an ORCID?

Have you been asked for your ORCID ID yet? Increasingly, research funders, employers and publishers are asking their researchers to sign up for an ORCID ID


Picture of two bee orchids taken on Whiteknights campus

Bee orchids found on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus

What is an ORCID ID?

An ORCID® identifier or ORCID iD is a 16-character identifier that can be used to clearly identify you – and not another researcher by a similar name – as the author/owner of an academic output or activity.

Your name is unlikely to be unique and you may find that your research outputs are getting confused with those of another researcher with a similar name.

An ORCID ID can be particularly useful for researchers who have published using several different variants of ther name and initials or have published under different names (for example if you’ve changed your name through marriage/civil partnership/divorce or to suit your gender better).

Example of ORCID record with two distinct surnames

ORCID IDs can bring together different names that you’ve published under

What is it for?

The idea behind ORCID identifiers is that they should be a stable link between all your research activities – grant applications, manuscript submissions, publications, entries in institutional repositories and your peer review activity.

Your ORCID ID belongs to you and you control what information is added to your ID. You can choose to use your ORCID profile as a mini-CV listing all your publications, work history and funding or you can just use the number to identify you and your research outputs.

Why do I need one?

Many publishers and funding organisations are insisting that researchers supply an ORCID ID when submitting a manuscript or peer review or applying for grants. The list is likely to grow in the future. Here are a few examples:

  • Nature journals
  • PLOS
  • eLife
  • Science journals
  • IEEE publications
  • Hindawi publications
  • Wellcome Trust
  • RCUK

Once you have an ORCID ID, make sure you add it to your registration details on manuscript submission sites and other sites such as ResearchFish.

Who is behind ORCIDs?

ORCID is a non-profit organisation that is governed by a board of directors with wide stakeholder representation. Member organisations such as funders, publishers and institutions pay a membership fee but signing up for an ORCID is free.

How much will it cost?

Registration for an ORCID ID is free and maintaining this free status is one of the core principles of the ORCID organisation. To sign up, you will need to agree to ORCID’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You need not have an official affiliation and there is no set of requirements to qualify as a researcher. Adding data to your record, changing your record, sharing your data, and searching the registry are also free.

What does an ORCID ID look like?

Your ORCID ID is a 16 character number that identifies you and not someone else with the same name.

An ORCID ID is a 16-character identifier that is associated with your name and scholarly outputs

An ORCID ID is a 16-character identifier that is associated with your name and scholarly outputs

You can see a (fictitious) example of an ORCID record for Josiah Carberry, an expert on Cracked Pots, here: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097 ORCID example

How do I register for an ORCID?

It is very easy to sign up for an ORCID ID – registering  for your ORCID Identifier takes about 30 seconds.

You can then add as much personal information as you want to your record. The minimum recommendation is that you add the country that you are working in, some keywords about your research area and possibly a link to your university webpage. It is always a good idea to add an alternative email address just in case you ever have difficulty accessing your account.

You can add much more information about your research outputs and use your ORCID like a mini-CV.

Help and support

Take a look at our ORCID library guide for more help on how to sign up and populate an ORCID ID or contact the University’s Research Publications Adviser. The ORCID support centre is also full of useful information.

More information from ORCID

This short video shows how ORCID IDs can help researchers gain credit for all their scholarly activities.

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CentAUR statistics for September 2016

CentAUR is the University of Reading’s institutional repository for research outputs. This infographic gives a quick summary of activity around the repository in September 2016. Data were obtained from IRUS-UK and http://centaur.reading.ac.uk.

Infographic of CentAUR statistics for September 2016

A summary of key statistics from the CentAUR repository

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CentAUR statistics for August 2016

Infographic for August 2016

CentAUR statistics for August 2016

CentAUR is the University of Reading’s institutional repository for research outputs. This infographic gives a quick summary of activity around the repository in August 2016. Data were obtained from IRUS-UK and http://centaur.reading.ac.uk.

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Open in Action: Open Access Week 2016

This guest post has been contributed by Caroline Knowles, Head of Research Communications and Engagement at University of Reading.

Learn, Share, Advance

International Open Access Week

This week (beginning 24 October) is International Open Access Week. ‘So what?’ you might ask. The messages we have received recently about open access have all been about compliance with the new HEFCE requirement that journal articles are openly available, for all to access free of charge as soon as possible after acceptance.

That’s important. But there’s so much more to open access than that. Much that goes right to the heart of academic collaboration and communication. The UK is recognised as being the leading nation in the open access and open data movements. This underpins our position as a leading research power – and we should celebrate that.

So why is open access important for each of us as individual researchers?

  • Take back control: The open access movement arose out of a sense of frustration with commercial publishing models and the feeling that researchers’ good will and good offices were being exploited. Its aims were to allow academics to take back control of the publishing process, including, importantly, peer review.
  • Promote your research: Open access increases the visibility of research and self-archived articles are more likely to be cited than non-open articles (here’s evidence from Political Science journals).
  • It’s government policy: Government has recognised that open access is better value for money – publicly funded research should be a public good, open to all who need to see and use the findings. In fact, the government has recently requested: “Challenging but achievable UK goals and priorities for open access to publications, and related data, in the next five years”.
  • Transfer resources: Open access to research enhances transparency and accountability. It makes information and knowledge available to users – be that other researchers, professional and policy audiences, or civil society – wherever they are in the world, to use at local level to tackle the global challenges such as poverty and climate change that we say we care about.

The theme for open access week 2016 is ‘take action’ – and there are some wonderful examples of activities taking place from Berlin to Cairo, Nepal, Tamil Nadu and further on the international open access week website.

At University of Reading, the library team will be running a series of activities across campus. Look out for their posters and post-it notes, and make your own resolution to ‘take action’ and become part of this global movement towards more open academic collaboration.

Caroline Knowles
Head of Research Communications and Engagement, University of Reading

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Think and check before you submit

How do you know that the journal you’re submitting to is legitimate?

You’ve done the research and drafted your precious paper  – make sure that you submit it to a reputable publisher where it will get the attention it deserves

Choosing a journal to submit your papers to is becoming increasingly difficult due to the rapid growth of scholarly publishing companies and the number of journals being published. The growth of open access publishing (where authors pay to publish and access to articles is free for the reader) has led to the emergence of some publishers and journals with questionable marketing practices, poor production values and unclear peer review practices.

For authors, it is important that all your research outputs are published in reputable journals with transparent peer review practices and all the support that you might expect from a legitimate publisher.

A new campaign, Think, Check, Submit has put together a simple check list to help researchers evaluate journals that they are thinking of submitting their research to so that they can avoid ‘predatory’ or ‘deceptive’ publishers.

The campaign is supported by organisations such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Springer Nature.


Before you submit, think about whether the journal you have in mind is the right one for your research. Don’t be swayed by emails that you might receive inviting you to submit – always check out the journal first. There are lots of resources that you can use to find and compare journals in your field. Always do your homework before you submit.


Looking at a journal website can give you the answers to your questions about the journal but it is always worth asking your colleagues too. Some deceptive journals have been known to copy content from legitimate journal websites and construct fake editorial boards (often without the real academic’s knowledge or permission).

  1. Have you heard of the journal? Have you or your colleagues read and cited any of the content before? How easy is it to find which papers are in the latest issue of the journal?
  2. Are the contact details for the publisher easy to find on the site? It might also be worth checking any addresses on Google Maps – is the publisher headquarters actually a terraced house in a housing estate? Are there legitimate-looking telephone numbers and email addresses given on the site? If you are not sure, try ringing or emailing – a good publisher will email back or have someone answering the ‘phone.
  3. Is the journal clear about which method of peer review is used? How are peer reviewers recruited?
  4. Do articles from the journal appear in some of the bibliographic databases that you use? You might expect an established journal to be listed in Scopus, Web of Knowledge, CAB Abstracts, PubMed etc. Check the coverage of these databases to see if they include the journal you’re interested in submitting to.
  5. Can you find out easily how much publishing will cost? The journal website should give details of all charges, what they are for and how to pay them.
  6. Check out the Editorial Board – do you recognise them? Are they all alive (some journals have used pictures of dead academics!)? Do the editorial board members acknowledge their role with the journal on their websites?
  7. Is the journal a member of some of the recognised industry organisations? Do they belong to COPE? If it is an open access journal are they a member of OASPA and listed in DOAJ? Don’t take their word for it, do some sleuthing for yourself.
think check submit

Make sure your scholarly output is published with a trusted journal


When you are happy that the journal you’ve selected is legitimate, submit your paper. Don’t forget to enter your ORCID iD if you get chance during the submission process.

Help and support

There’s more information on checking out journals at Think, Check,Submit. If you would like help with selecting a journal or making comparisons between journals, contact the University’s Research Publications Adviser.

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New UK Concordat on Open Research Data

  • What is this talk about open data?
  • Why do I have to complete a data management plan when I apply for grant funding?
  • What am I supposed to do with my data?

If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, then take a look at the Concordat on Open Research Data, published in July of this year.

Where does it come from?

The Concordat was developed by HEFCE, RCUK, Universities UK and the Wellcome Trust in consultation with members of the UK research community.

Who is it for?

It is aimed at, and relevant to, all stakeholders in UK academic research: policy-makers, funders, research organisations, publishers, and, of course: RESEARCHERS, in ALL disciplines and at ALL stages of their careers.

But I don’t use research data, so it’s not relevant to me, is it?

The Concordat is mostly relevant to those research activities that collect or generate primary data, whether through experimentation, observation, modelling, interview or other methods, or by the processing of existing data sources. It is also relevant for digital humanities research, where digital outputs and technologies are produced.

So the Concordat is relevant to most research activities. Possible exceptions are where research is purely theoretical, or as in some humanist disciplines, where research involves the consultation of published and archived materials solely for the purposes of interpretation, criticism or review.

What is the Concordat?

It is a set of 10 principles designed to ensure that research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research community are, wherever possible (with due regard to relevant legal, ethical and other restrictions) made openly available for use by others.

The systems, norms and practices necessary to realise an open research data culture are in many respects at an early stage of evolution. The Concordat promotes a shared understanding among stakeholders in research of the benefits of open data and their responsibilities for contributing to the full realisation of an open data culture. It articulates the underlying rationale for the research data policies of key research funders such as the Research Councils and the University’s own Research Data Management Policy, introduced in March 2015.

Why share data?

There are two key reasons why all stakeholders in a healthy research culture should subscribe to the principles of open research data:

  • Research integrity: if you publish results or claims based on your research, it should be possible for other parties to independently replicate or verify your findings by consulting the underlying evidence;
  • Benefits for research and society: data arising from publicly-funded research are a public good, and where they have the potential to be re-used by others (researchers, commercial users, government, the general public) and to generate further value, they should be made findable, accessible and usable.

The Concordat: some fundamental tenets

  • Open access to research data should be the presumed default in all cases;
  • Legal, ethical and commercial reasons for restricting access to research data may exist, but must be justified;
  • The right of first use belongs to the data creators – but is not indefinite and should not extend beyond publication of main results;
  • Use of others’ data should conform to legal and ethical requirements and be properly acknowledged;
  • Management and curation of research data for long-term use is fundamental to the research process and should be integrated from the outset;
  • Data supporting publications should be accessible by the publication date (in many cases through deposit in a data repository) and should be in a citeable form.

What should you do?

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