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University Libraries provides ongoing training for Elsevier's Research Intelligence tools. These tools: Scopus, SciVal, and Funding Institutional, are used by to locate, analyze, and compare research output and impact, and funding opportunities.

  • Administrators will learn about reports to compare publications, authors, departments and institutions, and countries 
  • OVPR will learn about reports for research impact, finding funding options, and identifying collaborators
  • Faculty and researchers will learn how to measure the impact of their publication and compare themselves against others in their field, extract data to be use in the promotion and tenure process, and find grants and collaborators
  • Librarians will learn in-depth searching methods, reporting options, and other techniques to assist faculty users of these products

Please see the Libraries' Events calendar for specific sessions and dates of current sessions. Links to Elsevier and library-led sessions can be found on this Guide.


Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with bibliometric tools to track, analyze and visualize research. It contains over 22,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers around the world, covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Scopus has over 55 million records dating back to 1823, 84 percent of which contain references dating from 1996.

Elsevier offers a free six-week online Scopus Certification Program for Librarians. See Elsevier's Library Connect website for more information.


SciVal provides metrics based on publications by country, institution, department or author. Users can compare any of these groups, find collaborators based on similar publications and identify trends in the metrics. More than 12,500 research institutions and their associated researchers from over 230 nations worldwide are indexed.

Virginia Tech researchers wanting to go beyond the basics can take advantage of Elsevier's free SciVal Certification Program: 

The  SciVal Certification Program is a six-module online training program that covers various themes to help you get the most out of SciVal, learning about the latest features and functionalities, saving time by creating and sharing tailored reports. The program is free and only available for customers with an existing SciVal subscription. See the SciVal support page for more information.

Funding Institutional

Funding Institutional allows researchers to search for grant opportunities and provides historical data about awards and related publications. This data can be used to select opportunities that are the best fit and tailor proposals based on past success. Additionally, users can track award trends, find potential collaborators, and improve their understanding of the competitive landscape. Searches can be narrowed down by location, special interest (limited submission, amount greater than $1 million, deadline within three months, multidisciplinary, or foundation or private sponsor) and/or by subject area. It includes information on more than 11,000 funding bodies and more than 24,000 active opportunities.

SciVal Office Hours with Elsevier staff

Help for advanced SciVal users

Virginia Tech researchers may contact Charity Elifritz, Elsevier ( at any time for assistance with specific SciVal projects. In addition, monthly office hours are available from December 2021 to May 2022. Help is not limited to these office hours, but this time has been set aside especially for VT SciVal users.

Date         Monthly on the first Friday from Dec 3 to May 6, 2022
Time         11am to 12pm (EST)

        Use this link and enter Passcode 724664