As Outsell described in 2013, research analytics has taken on more importance for publishers, research offices and researchers, libraries, and funding bodies. Understanding an institution’s research performance, exploring new opportunities for collaboration, and benchmarking against other institutions has led to the development of different discovery tools for research institutions. Understanding how to effectively use these products has been an issue for some institutions, especially libraries. While there are different products in the marketplace, this presentation will describe for attendees how one product benefits three areas: publishers, research offices, and libraries. While focusing on Elsevier’s Scival products, the use cases presented are applicable to other products in the marketplace.
The first speaker, Jeff Voci, will provide a brief overview of the growth of the research analytics marketplace and how this data can help to improve a university’s ability to establish, execute, and evaluate institutional research strategy. He will present two brief case studies on how specific US research institutions have used these tools to improve results in the areas of decision-making, boosting collaboration, attracting investment, and optimizing expenditure investment. The second speaker will describe how Scival was implemented at Oregon Health and Science University. Rachel Dresbeck, a research development officer, will outline why research analytics are becoming more important on campus and how she partnered with their library in the early stages of the SciVal products, and how these tools have helped address problems such as identifying research strengths and driving strategic investments. The final speaker, Emily McElroy, will outline how libraries, especially at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, can use these research analytics tools in improving collections, programs, and services.