Research evaluation support tools

ARCA University Catalogue

The ARCA University Catalogue is the institutional repository of Ca' Foscari research products. It has been active since 2015 and has been enriched, over time, with tools dedicated to the monitoring and self-evaluation of scientific production by University researchers.
Consultation through the following functions (accessible from the ARCA menu under "Products" > "Reporting and analysis"):

Functions of ARCA:

  • research products: this function extracts detailed information on the publications of the Catalogue which include in particular, in addition to all available metadata:

    • the citation and impact values of the individual publications obtained from the Web of Science and Scopus databases, such as: number of citations; positioning of the single contribution and the journal in the subject categories of reference; Impact Factor and 5-year Impact Factor; SNIP, CITESCORE, SJR weighted and non-weighted values
    • the listing of the journal in the ANVUR lists of “Scientific” and “Class A” journals, with the possibility of refining the result by cross-referencing it with the competition sector of the authors of the article.

  • ASN Simulation: this function simulates the positioning of ARCA users with reference to the last ASN (National Scientific Qualification) thresholds envisaged for the qualifications of Associate and Full Professor and Commissioner, using the data recorded in the Catalogue. The report simulates the indicators relating to the ASN, on the basis of the subject area of the individual researcher. The tool provides a detailed report of the publications considered for the purpose of calculating the indicators and any causes of exclusion of the products from the count of the useful publications.

Further information on the ARCA University Catalogue and the management of its publications are available on the platform introduction page.


SciVal is a tool of quantitative analysis and evaluation of scientific production developed by Elsevier and based on the Scopus database, aimed at supporting the strategic decisions of research bodies in the area of planning scientific research.
SciVal provides several continuously expanding bibliometric indicators, including in particular: the number of publications surveyed, the number of citations, the percentile of a publication in terms of citation, the percentile of the journal in which a particular article is published according to bibliometric indicators (CiteScore, SJR, SNIP and many others).
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The SciVal platform also identifies known international collaborations and indicates new ones, highlighting at the same time the research areas in which the individual works are found and those the scholar can look to for future developments.

SciVal is organized into five integrated modules (Overview; Benchmarking; Collaboration; Trends; Reporting) which provide different points of view on the data of the University's scientific production. Of these, Ca' Foscari has activated the following four modules: 

The module gives access to complete summaries of the scientific production of any institution/entity of interest, through which to identify rapidly their strengths and the research areas in which they are involved. In particular:

  • it immediately retrieves standardized reports
  • it accesses the expertise maps for all institutions and groups of institutions
  • it highlights the topics preferred by the institutions, providing a complete overview of their scientific portfolio.

The module compares the performance of any institution, country and predefined group, or creates customized groupings, monitoring their progress over time. It is possible to carry out in-depth analysis based on any combination of thematic and metric areas, thus identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the University in the research areas in which it is involved.

The module identifies and analyses existing and potential collaborations based on the categories of publications and those who cite these publications. In particular:

  • it explores current and potential partnerships using customizable maps
  • it identifies the best institutions with which to collaborate, based on the analysis of existing co-authored publications and research topics of interest.

The module creates and modifies the analysis, acting on the entities considered, the time intervals and the metrics of interest, producing reporting documents that can be shared with the internal Ca’ Foscari stakeholders.

Evaluation Support System

Ca' Foscari University of Venice has joined the CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors) contract for access to the Criterium Platform to support the self-evaluation of research production and planning. The platform employs the evaluation criteria used in Research Quality Assessment (VQR) as a tool for the internal monitoring of research outputs and to support national evaluation procedures.

The platform allows the calculation of aggregate indicators based on the products listed in the ARCA University Catalogue. The available evaluation models are borrowed from those used by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) as part of the national research evaluation procedures, i.e. the ASN (National Scientific Habilitation) parameters and the 'VQR-Like' model.

The platform operates by 'evaluation rounds' assessing the consistency and coherence of data and carrying out simulated evaluations. At the close of every evaluation round, the status of the metadata is “frozen” and no further acquisitions are made from the catalogue. Based on the data acquired during the evaluation round, indicators that take into account the data of all the universities participating in the platform are then calculated, allowing comparative evaluations.

Last update: 15/05/2024