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How to Use Metrics in Promotion and Grants - a self-help guide: Collaborations

Collaboration: Showing who you work with

Example statement

"42.1% of my publications have co-authors from international institutions across Europe and the Middle East. 10 of my publications were co-authored with researchers from a government agency" (source: SciVal, 2021).

SciVal allows you to demonstrate through data and visualisation the collaboration you have had with other authors at our institution, as well as authors nationally and internationally.

  • Select Overview in SciVal
  • Select Researchers and Groups
  • Find your name in the list, or use Define a New Researcher to add yourself to the list.
  • Select your name
  • Select your Overview
  • Select the Collaboration Tab
  • Select Overall
  • From the table, note the percentage for International collaboration
  • Select the number of publications under Scholarly output
  • Additionally, select 'Top collaborating institutions' to view the name of institutions of the co-authors

Finding Authors in your Field (Or Scopus Topic)

Scopus now have a The Researcher Discovery pilot that can help you identify researchers working in your field.

Finding New Research Collaborators: Using Scival

Demonstrating research collaboration can be beneficial for your research impact and engagement. SciVal enables you to locate others researching in the same field, for potential collaboration.

You can use SciVal to find potential research collaborators

  • Access SciVal
  • Select the Trends module
  • Select Topics & Topic Clusters
  • Search the desired topic, e.g. Drought
  • Select the topic, e.g.Climate models;Models; Rainfall
  • Select: authors

This will enable you to see a list of the top 100 authors for the selected Topic


Select from the Worldwide drop-down menu to find top authors:

  • at Charles Sturt University
  • in Australia
  • in Asia-Pacific
  • Worldwide

Finding New Research Collaborators: Your Profiles and Academic Social Media

It is important to update your profiles before submitting your application for either Academic Promotion, or Grant applications.

Optimising your CRO, ORCID and Google Scholar Research Profiles with your researcher biography and appropriate keywords describing your research will assist researchers worldwide to find your profile.

Your CRO Researcher profile is a powerful promotional vehicle for your research. The following tips will assist you to maximise your Researcher profile:

  • Ask your Faculty librarians for assistance in setting up your CRO Researcher profile.
  • Enter as much data as you can when adding publications to CRO.  CRO is indexed by Google and Google Scholar.  The more metadata you add, the more the findability of your research through these search engines will be enhanced.
  • Keep your researcher profile up-to-date.  The more publications you have in CRO, and the longer they live in CRO, the higher your research metrics will score.
  • Link your other researcher profiles, such as ORCID, Google Scholar and ResearchGate into CRO.
  • When promoting your publications through social media, you can provide a link to your publications in CRO, allowing easy access by other researchers as well as the broader community.
  • Create a link to all of your publications in CRO in your email signature, on your School's staff profile, and/or personal blog.

Your ORCID profile is an Internationally recognised Researcher Profile. It is important to keep your Biographical details, Research keywords and contact details up to date. This can lead to other researchers locating your profile and potentially lead to opportunities for collaboration.

  • ORCID does not provide citation metrics, but an ORCID can be used when you submit papers for publication or apply for grants. It aims to be the de facto standard for author identification in academic publishing and has a broad support base, with members including Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Nature Publishing Group and Thomson Reuters.
  • Find out more about ORCID and how to manage your profile. ORCID registration is free. 

Your Google Scholar profile can be an important profile if your field of research or discipline is not in the hard sciences for example. Due to the world wide reach of Google Scholar your profile could potentially be more available to other researchers in your field, and can lead to new opportunities for collaboration. Find out more about creating a Google Scholar Profile .

Academic Social Networks such as these can also be useful to promote your research to others and potentially lead to collaboration.

For important tips to using these see the Researcher Profile Guide.

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