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What's New

BU Profiles has a new mentoring module. Please share any comments or suggestions.


  • Indicate your willingness to be a mentor on your profile page (view)
  • “Find Mentors” by role, department, keywords and other criteria (view)

See other new features and details below.

  • Indicate your willingness to be a mentor

    BU Profiles now allows you to identify yourself as a mentor. Members of our community with a profile can log in and edit their mentoring roles, provide a narrative about their mentoring philosophy and areas of expertise, and provide contact information. Please see the Mentor FAQs for more information.

    Some suggested topics to include in your mentoring philosophy narrative are:
    • Who you are open to mentoring (e.g. students, residents, fellows, post-docs, faculty).
    • A brief description of areas you are interested in mentoring in (specific research area, education expertise, career development, work-life integration).
    • Your mentoring experience (e.g. approximate numbers of mentees, mentees’ career stages, mentoring roles you have held).
    • What aspects of mentoring you are most passionate about (e.g., your approach to working with mentees).

  • New “Find Mentors” search option

    BU Profiles now allows you to search for mentors by mentoring role(s), department/division, keyword or concept, and other criteria, using the “Find Mentors” menu item or search tab option.

Previous "What's New"


  • A personalized URL for your profile page (e.g. (view)
  • Enhanced search to find people, publications, concepts and other items. (view)
  • Integration with Twitter, SlideShare, and YouTube to leverage existing content. (view)
  • View individual timelines by publication, concept (using publication MeSH terms), and co-author collaborations. (view)
  • Your ORCID 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. (view)


  • Personalized URLs
    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. Find your customized address in the browser address bar when you visit your profile.

  • Videos
    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.

  • Share Slides
    You can now enhance your profile page with SlideShare 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.

  • New edit screen and privacy options
    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 Visualizations when exploring Expert Networks (the column on the right of each profile)
  • View individual timelines by concept, using publication MeSH 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.