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Durham University

University Library

Accessing SciVal

Accessing SciVal on campus

Access SciVal here.

The first time you use SciVal you will have to register a username and password, unless you have already registered a personal account with other Elsevier sites (like Scopus or Science Direct). When registering use your Durham University email address as the username, and create a unique password using a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers or special characters.

Accessing SciVal off-campus

Use one of the following options to ensure you can access SciVal when away from Durham University.

Request Remote Access from SciVal Support

The preferred option is to request your Elsevier user account is set-up for remote access to SciVal. To do this, please contact the SciVal Support Centre directly to request this is enabled.

Please note that this can take 24-48 hours to be implemented

Access via VPN or EZProxy

You can access SciVal off-campus via the VPN (registration for access to the VPN available to all staff and research postgraduates).

When accessing off-campus for the first time, you will not be able to register for a new SciVal account. Please access SciVal via this off-campus link to register a SciVal account.

Please be aware that some functionality (such as sharing of entities created within SciVal) may not be available if accessing via VPN or EZProxy.

Alternative Remote Access

The University has been provided with a small number of tokens which can be used to allow remote access in urgent cases. If this is required, please contact Please note however that this email is not monitored 24 hours a day, and you are strongly recommended to use the other options available in most cases.

Metrics Top Tips

  1. Always use quantitative metrics together with qualitative inputs, such as expert opinion or peer review.
  2. Always use more than one quantitative metric to get the richest perspective. 
  3. If comparing entities, normalise the data to account for differences in subject area, year of publication and document type.

See our pages on Responsible Metrics for further information.