Discovery & Impact

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The research life cycle discovery & impact stage covers:

Research Metrics


Elsevier's SciVal provides access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide, allowing researchers to benchmark performance against other institutions or groups of researchers. This can help to highlight the impact of research for assessment and funding purposes, assess the performance of researchers and groups relative to peers, and track collaboration patterns and seek out new partners for research projects.

SciVal access is available on-campus at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver.


PlumX is an impact dashboard that provides evidence of how research output in all its forms is being utilized, interacted with, and talked about around the world. Harvesting metrics from a multitude of online sources that measure the impact of a researcher’s output, PlumX combines both traditional and alternative metrics to provide a different kind of measurement. PlumX also accounts for a wide-range of research outputs beyond traditional articles, books, and book chapters and includes presentations, datasets, videos, blogs, and other digital artifacts. In addition to traditional citation counts, PlumX accounts for usage (clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays), captures (bookmarks, code forks, favourites, readers, watchers), mentions (blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links) and social media activity (+1s, likes, shares, Tweets). Data about your research impact is gathered and displayed on a dashboard and is also available for export to be used on its own or in other research metrics tools.

Current PlumX display was developed in Summer 2015 based on available self-reported researcher outputs, and includes only UBC Okanagan researchers. Access is available on-campus at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver.

For more information about research metrics and their interpretation, or to learn how to update and manage your PlumX research profile, please contact your subject librarian or:

Marjorie Mitchell, Research Services Librarian 
Tel 250.807.9147 

Research Map

Working directly with the Office of Research Services (ORS) at UBC Okanagan campus, programmers and designers from the Institute for Community Engaged Research (formerly the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice) have co-developed and deployed a web-based mapping portal.

This portal enables UBCO researchers to post geographical markers on an interactive map. These markers contain information about research being conducted by campus-based faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students locally, nationally and internationally. The project website is now functional and beginning to be populated with data.

Put your research on the map!

For more information, please contact:

Office of Research Services
Tel 250.807.9412

Last reviewed shim7/21/2016 3:27:31 PM