The newest release of BU Profiles has several features to make it a more effective
collaboration and research networking tool. Find out what's new and please share
A personalized URL for
your profile page (e.g. profiles.bu.edu/jane.smith)
to find people, publications, concepts and other items
Integration with Twitter, SlideShare, and YouTube
to leverage existing content
View individual timelines
by publication, concept (using publication
terms), and co-author collaborations
iD is displayed under your email address, and links to your public ORCID
record. If you don’t have one, you can learn more at
New privacy options
give you the option to show information as publically visible, visible only
to people logged into BU Profiles, or only to you and your proxies.
See other new features and details below.
Now it’s easy to remember your profile page web address, and to share it on
business cards, email signatures, etc. Your new BU Profiles address is typically
based on your first and last name (e.g. profiles.bu.edu/john.smith). Find your
customized address in the browser address bar when you visit your profile.
BU Profiles now allows you to search by a keyword or concept and return not
only the list of experts within Profiles, but recent publications from BU on
a topic, and other information. You will see the option to “Find People” versus
“Find Everything” on both the menu and search screen. “Find People” will look
by name or concept and return only people, by searching publications,
research & professional interests, awards & honors, and other information.
“Find Everything” will search the same content, but return all data -
allowing you to go right to the publication or other content. The “filter by
type” area to the right of the search results will allow you to target specific
You can now enhance your profile page with YouTube
videos. In the Featured Videos section, simply enter the title and web address
for your YouTube video. Be sure to “Show” the Featured Video section, which
makes it publically visible. Videos should appear on your profile page within
a few minutes.
You can now enhance your profile page with
presentations. In the Featured Presentations section, simply enter your SlideShare
username and click Save/Preview. Be sure to “Show” the Featured Presentation
section, which makes it publically visible.
Connect to Twitter
You can now enhance your profile page by connecting
to Twitter. In the Tweets section, simply
enter either your Twitter username or a Widget Id and click Save/Preview. Be
sure to “Show” the Tweets section, which makes it publically visible. More detailed
instructions are available within the Tweet section on your edit profile page.
View publication timeline
You can view a publication timeline on each profile by
clicking the Timeline link above an individual's list of publications.
The edit screen has been altered to better organize content. Simply click on
a content section to edit it. There are arrows to re-order items, a trash can
to delete (this will warn you first), and a pencil icon is used to edit a specific
record. Click on “Edit Visibility” to select from the four new privacy levels
for each section. The default is Public (and indexed by search engines), but
you can opt to restrict a section to be visible to Users (limited to people
logged into BU Profiles), visible only to the Owner (and their Proxies), or
“No Search” (publically visible, but ask search engines not to index the site).
New edit screen and privacy options
New Visualizations when exploring Expert Networks
(the column on the right of each profile)
View individual timelines by concept,
terms derived from an individual’s publishing history (currently limited to
publications in Profiles from PubMed). To view, click “See all concept(s)” under
an individual’s “Concepts” passive network, and then click on the “Timeline”
tab. The “Details” tab is also new in this release.
View BU co-author collaboration timelines
Co-author collaboration helps identify recent versus long-past co-author collaborations.
To view, click “see all people” under an individual’s “BU Co-Authors” passive
network, and then click on the “Timeline” tab. The “Details” and “Cluster” tabs
are also new in this release.
New publication notification
Notification will be sent via email when disambiguation adds a new PubMed publication
to your profile. The email will include the publication details, allowing you
to spot issues right away. While adding a publication that does not belong to
you should be extremely uncommon, this would provide an alert for you to login
and remove the item.