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Elsevier Launches SciVal Spotlight: New Tool Provides Multidisciplinary View of Research Performance
Date:6/29/2009

AMSTERDAM, June 29 /PRNewswire/ --

- Allows Institutions to Optimize Strategic Funding, Hiring and Collaboration Decisions

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of SciVal Spotlight, a customized web-based tool that offers institutions a unique multidisciplinary perspective of research performance to evaluate, establish and execute more informed research strategies.

SciVal Spotlight uses an innovative visualization technique to produce customized maps that provide graphical views of an institution's performance over time and across scientific fields, focusing on specific topical areas. By pinpointing a university's topical strengths and identifying leading researchers and institutions in each area, the tool is designed to help academic decision-makers optimize funding allocations and enhance hiring and collaboration decisions.

Quantifying the overall size of each topical area, the tool allows institutions to understand the significance of their article and market shares and how they rank compared to competitors in those areas. It also assesses article and market growth or decline over the last five years, offering an average rate for each using a two year sliding scale. Additionally, it determines if an institution's work is building upon the most recent discoveries; providing a "state of the art quotient" by analyzing how recent the citations are within its published output.

"We recognized a need to change the way research is currently being measured, and designed the tool to provide a more holistic and integrated view of performance," explained Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic and Government Products. "By capturing the unique research fingerprint of each institution, we can help academic executives better understand their core strengths and potential weaknesses
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