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Dimensions

Reporting in Dimensions

Dimensions is a large database that indexes peer reviewed journal literature, conference proceedings, books, book chapters, preprints, awarded grants, policy documents, datasets, patents, clinical trials, and more. Because of the breadth of content indexed in the database, and the robust reporting and analysis tools included within, Dimensions will be an important tool for understanding and reporting on the research and scholarship produced at Syracuse University. Additionally, it will be helpful as a benchmarking tool for comparison with other institutions.

Dimensions includes built-in analysis features that auto-generate visualizations of things like research outputs and collaboration networks using a freely available tool called VOSViewer

Case Studies from Other Institutions

Here are a few examples of case studies from Dimensions, from institutions who are using Dimensions for activities like understanding their research activities and identifying their top funders; understanding how their research aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals; or evaluating the post-graduate success of PhD students who graduated from their institution. 

Dimensions Analytics Quick Start 

The below video from Dimensions provides an excellent overview of the database search interface, the metrics included within Dimensions, and the different reporting and analytics features, including the types of data you can analyze and the visualizations you can export.