About Profiles Research Networking Software

Frequently Asked Questions

What should go on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) tab?

On the BU Profiles edit screen (see how to edit) there is an item titled “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA).” When populated and set to visibility = Show, the DEIA tab will show to the public on a profile.

When writing your diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility narrative you may find the BU/BMC Glossary for Culture Transformation (https://www.bmc.org/glossary-culture-transformation) and other resources on the BU Medical Group’s “Equity, Vitality and Inclusion” website useful (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/bumg/evi/evi-tools/), as well as BMC’s Health Equity Accelerator at https://www.bmc.org/health-equity-accelerator.

Examples of DEIA in BU Profiles:
Consider broadly reflecting on:
  • Your values related to diversity
  • Your experiences working with diverse populations
  • Your future plans related to inclusivity

Questions to consider that may help when thinking about your narrative:
  • What does diversity, equity, or inclusion mean to you?
  • Why is diversity important to you, the research you do or the classes you teach?
  • How do you work to ensure your classes are inclusive and welcoming to all students?
  • Do you do any service or work with diverse or underrepresented populations? If so, what?
  • Does your research connect to diversity efforts or our understanding of diverse populations? If so, how?
  • Are you personally diverse in any way that might be relevant to your work? For example, were you a first-generation student, or were you a woman in STEM who aims to expand opportunities for these populations?
  • What would you like to do in the future related to diversity and equity?

Elements found in strong diversity statements:
  • Diversity as a strategy
  • Evidence of addressing structural challenges
  • Recognition and underscoring of the invisible labor done by faculty and staff of color
  • Demonstrated enlightened mentoring

Give thought on:
  • Context and broader understanding
  • Service-related contributions
  • Teaching-related contributions
  • Research-related contributions
  • Other contributions: outside experience and competencies


Additional faculty sample DEIAs:

February 2020 to July 2018 - Several features have been added to enhance what we display about our faculty and researchers.

Please share any comments or suggestions.


  1. Membership in over 15 Centers & Institutes, now included on each person’s Other Positions tab. The system of record is SAP (view)
  2. Integration with NIH iCite, now available on the Publications tab. NIH iCite bibliometric analysis includes scientific influence, translation and public domain citation data (view)
  3. Media Mentions, identified from BU and BMC Public Relations sources starting in early 2018, is visible on the main search page as well as on each person’s "Social/Media tab," and as a passive network (view)
  4. Boston VA Research, provided by the VA periodically, is visible on the Research Tab (view)
  5. Dimensions Badge, an interactive visualization added in mid-2018, which contains a set of citation-related metrics and is meant to compliment the previously added Altmetric badge (view)
  6. Preferred Pronouns can optionally be added to your public profile (view)

See details below.

Centers & Institutes Membership

The "Other Positions" tab on individual profiles now shows membership for many centers, institutes and other organizations. Over 1,200 memberships have been added.

Membership changes for the list below are provided by the administrator of each center or institute, and maintained by BUMC IT staff in SAP.

If your center/institute is missing from the list below, and you would like to see members added to SAP and BU Profiles, please let us know using the request help form.

Current membership shown in BU Profiles from SAP:

  • Amyloidosis Center
  • Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center
  • Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  • BU-BMC Cancer Center
  • Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease
  • Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
  • Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit
  • Evans Center for Implementation & Improvement Sciences
  • Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
  • Framingham Heart Study
  • Genome Science Institute
  • Graduate Medical Sciences Student Mentor
  • National Emerging Infectious Diseases Lab
  • Pulmonary Center
  • Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

Integration with NIH iCite

An integration with NIH iCite (https://icite.od.nih.gov/) is now visible on the Publications tab. It appears just above the list of publications. NIH iCite bibliometric analysis includes scientific influence, translation and public domain citation data. Up to 1,000 publications can currently be processed directly from BU Profiles onto the NIH iCite site by clicking the green "iCite Analysis" button. The "Copy PMIDs to Clipboard" button next to it can be used to manually copy and paste up to 10,000 publications into iCite, for those with more than 1,000 publications.

According to NIH, iCite is a tool to access a dashboard of bibliometrics for papers associated with a portfolio. Users can type in a PubMed query or upload/copy and paste the PubMed IDs of articles of interest. iCite has three modules: Influence, Translation, and Open Citations. A brief description and screenshots of each follow below.

iCite: Influence delivers metrics of scientific influence such as the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR), which is field- and time-adjusted, and benchmarked to NIH publications as the baseline. Read how RCR is calculated at PLOS Biology: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002541.

A range of years can be selected, as well as article type (all, or only research articles), and individual articles can be toggled on and off. Users can download a report table with the article-level detail for later use or further visualization.

There is an option to send others a sharable link to a saved iCite query from the Export menu above a customizable link of publications (Export > Shareable Link), shown below. Please see the iCite User Guide for more details, available from the Help menu within iCite.

iCite: Translation measures how Human-, Animal-, or Molecular/Cellular Biology-oriented each paper is, and uses this information to track and predict citation by clinical articles. Read about how the Approximate Potential to Translate (APT), a machine learning-based estimate of the likelihood that a paper will be cited in later clinical trials/guidelines is calculated at PLOS Biology: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000416.

iCite: Open Cites disseminates link-level, public-domain citation data from the NIH Open Citation Collection (NIH-OCC). Read about the NIH-OCC at PLOS Biology: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000385.

Media Mentions

Media Mentions is public media content pertaining to specific people in BU Profiles. It is curated by BUMC IT from two sources, going back to early 2018:

  • BU Public Relations: "Executive News Briefing, including Faculty Experts" - a daily collection of "BU Features & Experts quoted in the news," specifically discussing the University, BU research or quoting its experts.
  • BMC and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Communications The Morning Buzz, a daily roundup of news clips across the medical campus and health care industry.

The right side of the main search page shows people in BU Profiles with recent Media Mentions under "Highlights." Clicking a person’s name will take users to that individual’s Media Mentions page, while clicking the icon to the right of the person’s name opens the article directly in a new tab.

All of an individual’s "Media Mentions" will show on their "Social/Media tab," and their five most recent mentions in the media will show as a passive network on the far-right of every page.

Boston VA Research

The Boston VA is providing BU with research award titles for BU PIs, which will be updated on a periodic basis. This data is shown on the "Research" tab under the "VA Research" subcategory, when applicable.

Dimensions Badge

In mid-2018 the Digital Science Dimensions badge was added to publications in BU Profiles, and announced via the research networking blog. The badge is an interactive visualization, which contains a set of citation-related metrics. It is meant to compliment the previously added Altmetric badge.

The first thing displayed on the badge is the citation count, but hovering will reveal other information, including citations within the last two calendar years ("Recent citations"), the Field Citation Ratio (FCR) and the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR).

Below is a Dimensions badge showing in BU Profiles on a publication:

Hovering over the Dimensions badge shows more info:

Clicking on a Dimensions badge will take you to a basic details page with more information about the metrics, the list of citing publications, and citing research categories (see below, or this example).

If you click the “View more details in Dimensions” button at the bottom of the basic details page, you will often get the abstract, publication references, the ability to view a PDF or add it to your own Dimensions library, funding information, external source links and various publication metrics (see below, or see this example).

The Field Citation Ratio indicates the relative citation performance of an article, when compared to similarly-aged articles in its Fields of Research subject area. The FCR is normalized to 1.0 for this selection of articles. An FCR value of more than 1.0 shows that the publication has a higher than average number of citations for its group (defined by its FoR Subject Code and publication year). Articles that are less than 2 years old do not have an FCR and will have an ‘n/a’ for FCR. An article with zero citations has an FCR of 0.

The Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) is an article-level metric that indicates the relative citation performance of an article when compared to other articles in its area of research, as defined by the subject area of the articles that cite it. The RCR quantifies the influence of a research article by making novel use of this co-citation network to field-normalize the number of citations it has received.

The RCR is normalized to 1.0 and calculated for all articles funded by the NIH in the Dimensions catalog. An RCR of more than 1.0 shows that a publication has an above average citation rate for its group, when defined by the subject area citation rates of the articles that have been cited with it. Articles that are less than 2 years old, or do not have citations, do not have an RCR.

BU has currently set the dimensions badge to only appear on a publication which has been cited at least once, given the badge won’t hold useful information otherwise.

Preferred Pronouns

In 2019 the option to add preferred pronouns was added to BU Profiles. When added, the pronouns will appear under graduate degrees.

Users (or their delegates) have to log in to edit pronouns (get help on logging in and editing a profile). After logging in, users will now see "Pronouns" on the list of items that can be edited. There is an option to either choose from a dropdown list of frequently used pronouns, or an individual can freely type their own preferred pronouns. The visibility setting will be "Hide" by default. Be sure to choose "Show" if you want your pronouns to be publically displayed.

May 2017 update: New Interface, BU & BMC Sponsored Research, Altmetric, View Related Profiles, and more

May 2017 - Several features have been added to enhance what we display about our faculty and researchers. Please share any comments or suggestions.


  1. A new interface, with tabbed navigation and improved compatibility for mobile devices (view)
  2. BU and BMC sponsored research, is now included on the Research tab (view)
  3. Altmetric (alternative research metrics) adds a real-time view of the reach and influence of your work using online mentions and shares of pubs across social media sites, blogs, mainstream media and more (view)
  4. View Related Profiles allows people to quickly identify and view co-author profiles (view)
  5. Links to PMID, PMCID and DOI references, when available (view)
  6. Graduate degrees have been added for faculty (view)

See other new features and details below.

New Interface

The BU Profiles interface now uses tabbed navigation and makes better use of screen area. The main search screen should look similar to before, with much more room to type. To get back to the main search at any time, one can use the “Search” link at the top of the page, just to the right of the BU logo. All menus have been moved from the left side of the screen to the top – Search, Help, Login, links to the CTSI site, and - once logged in - the options to Edit your profile and Manage Delegates.

The main section of each profile always shows the optional photo, main appointment, degrees and websites. Below the main section are tabs for each content section – only content relevant to a given profile will show, so some people may not show the same tabs as others. Some content areas are further broken down, for example “Research” can have multiple sections if a person has BU, BMC and NIH RePORTER research grants. “Social/Media” is where content such as a Twitter feed, YouTube Videos and SlideShare would show. Publications and Research can have a large number of records, so each section will default to show the first 10 records, with the option to show all records at the bottom.

The new design should improve performance and make it easier to know what content is on each profile. It also will look better when viewed on a mobile devices, as content will collapse and shift to adjust itself.

BU and BMC sponsored research

The BU and BMC Offices of Sponsored Programs now provide grant data for inclusion in BU Profiles. Data will be updated monthly. We only show a limited set of data for each grant, including title of the grant, project dates, role on the grant, PI name (if the person being viewed is not the PI), sponsor (both the prime sponsor and subcontracting, or pass-through sponsor), and on select federal grants we show the sponsor award number. An arrow will show the flow of funding when there are multiple sponsors. The data is sorted by project end date (furthest out in the future shows first).

On the BU side, each unique SAP grant number will show once. If it’s a federal agency and we’re showing the agency award number, we will show the most recent award number. On the BMC side, each unique AU number will show once. While BU data comes from Kuali since SAP go-live in mid-2011, BUMC grants have been brought in going back to FY2000 from legacy systems. BMC has also provided data going back to FY2000.

The Research tab contains content that is all read only – it can’t be edited. NIH RePORTER data is also available in this section, for people who we have connected to their portfolio. If you believe you are the PI or project leader on NIH grants and do not see yourself connected, please let us know using the request help form.

Altmetric (alternative research metrics) adds a real-time view of the reach and influence of your work

Next to most publications you will now find an Altmetric icon with a score. Hover over this icon to see online mentions and shares of your research across many sources, including social media sites, blogs, mainstream media, public policy documents and more. Click on “see more details” to open an Altmetric webpage specific to the publication. You will find screenshots of the new feature below, as well as additional background.

Background: Altmetric allows you to track and demonstrate the reach and influence of your work to key stakeholders. Altmetric begins collating online mentions and shares across its sources as soon as it’s published, meaning you can get feedback on how it’s being received long before citation data becomes available. Altmetric data can help you demonstrate the broader influence and impact of your work that funders and review panels increasingly want to see – for example was your work commented on by a thought-leader in your field, did it receive media attention in specific geographies, has it been referenced in public policies? Altmetric also provides a guide to including Altmetric data in your NIH Biosketch.

In theory Altmetric data can be used to benchmark against other research published in your field, meaning you can see where the work of your peers is gaining traction – useful for informing best-practice strategies for future outreach activity. Check out the ‘score in context’ tab of your details page to see how the attention surrounding your research compares to others (this is the page we link to from BU Profiles - you can review an example here). On this page you can opt to get alerts about new mentions via email, see a geographical breakdown of tweets who shared research output and get a breakdown of the kinds of people sharing: public, practitioners/doctors, scientists, science communicators (bloggers, journalists, editors), etc.

You might also like the “Bookmarklet for Researchers” feature.

November 2015 update: mentoring

  1. 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.

    Within BU Profiles click “Edit My Profile” from the menu on the left-side navigation bar. If you are viewing your profile while logged in, you should also see the option to "Edit this Profile." See logging in to BU Profiles if you are having trouble.

    Once on the Edit screen, click on “Mentoring” to see the relevant fields (screenshot below). This section will ONLY be visible if the text reads “This section is PUBLIC” (use Hide/Show to toggle back and forth between PUBLIC and HIDDEN). We have defaulted people to be PUBLIC only if they have previously indicated a mentoring role at Boston University. You can hide mentoring at any time, if you so choose.

    Select all the mentoring roles that apply to you (note that you can Review Mentor Role Definitions before selecting). We have defaulted some people’s roles based on previous information provided, and for those people have made the mentoring section PUBLIC. Either of those elements can be changed by you at any time.

    Select your contact preferences. If you choose Email or Phone it will display as “Email/Phone (see above)” – since your profile already shows your contact information. You can also select “Assistant” and provide your Assistant’s Name, Email and Phone if you prefer that method.

    Provide your mentoring philosophy narrative. Some suggested topics to include 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).

    Click “Save” to commit your changes. Don’t forget to make the mentoring section “PUBLIC,” if it is not already (using the Hide/Show toggle). You can click the “View Profile” button in the far upper-right corner of the edit screen next to your name to ensure things appear as expected.

  2. New “Find Mentors” tab:BU Profiles now allows you to search for mentors by mentoring role(s), department/division, by keyword or concept, and other criteria, using the Search screen’s “Find Mentors” tab.

    You can navigate to the mentor search page by clicking the menu item under “Find People,” or by clicking the “Find Mentors” tab on the main search screen.

    Performing a mentoring search will bring back anyone who has made mentoring PUBLIC, as long as they have EITHER a mentoring narrative OR have selected one or more mentoring roles. To further refine results you can use the search screen to specify other criteria.

    Mentoring is an “AND” search, meaning the more criteria you specify the more narrow your results will be. The one exception is at the top of the search page, where you can use the drop down to find mentors with ANY or ALL of the selected roles. The default is ANY, meaning if you select multiple roles it will bring back anyone who has ONE OR MORE of your selections. If you change it to ALL it will force the result to be ONLY those people who have ALL the roles you selected, further narrowing your results.

    Search Fields:
    • Roles: The role definitions may be useful to review. You can leave this blank or select multiple roles.
    • Institution: Useful to look for people affiliated with a specific school at BU, among other things.
    • Department: Useful to look for people affiliated with a specific department, center or program.
    • Division: Useful to look for people affiliated with a specific section, unit or other departmental subdivision.
    • Keywords: An entry in this field will look for matches in a person’s Mentoring Narrative, Research Expertise & Professional Interests, Self-Described Keywords, Publication Title and a person’s Concepts (which are derived from publication MeSH terms).
    • Remember when using “Find Mentors” that you will ONLY get people back who have EITHER a mentoring narrative OR have selected one or more mentoring roles, no matter what else you choose.

    Search Results:
    • Name: The person’s name that matched your criteria. Click to open their Profile in a new browser tab. You can hover over the name to see that person’s mentoring roles.
    • Institution
    • Department: Shows both the Department and Division together, when applicable, separated by “-“
    • Page Size: You can control how many people are listed per page and navigate through the results.
    • Click “Modify” at the top of the results page to modify your selection criteria.
    • Hover over “Search Criteria” to remind yourself of your current criteria.
    • Click the “Find Mentors” menu item if you want to clear and start a new search.

December 2013 updates:

There are several major enhancements as of December 2013, including: personalized URLs, enhanced search (“Find People” versus “Find Everything”), integration with Twitter, SlideShare, and YouTube, new visualizations, new privacy options, ORCID integration, notification of new publications via disambiguation, and more. To see further details visit the “What’s new” page.

March 2013 updates: websites, NIH Reporter and self-described keywords

  1. Websites: Additional websites that highlight an individual’s collaborations, expertise and interests can now be added and maintained by each person. Over 1,500 BU, BMC and other sites have been pre-populated. By editing your profile, you can add, remove, edit and reorder your other websites.
  2. Grants Awarded: Extracted from NIH RePORTER, a publically accessible database, this data is what BU has been able to link to you as a PI. It is read-only, not editable. It is generally refreshed monthly, though NIH’s schedule can vary. You’ll see the NIH fiscal year, title, the project (and subproject in green, if applicable), and the number of publications. By default you’ll see only 10 awards, but you can choose to “show all results” at the bottom of the grid. There are links to the details from both the title (goes to the project information description screen at NIH), and from the Pubs (goes to project information results at NIH).

  3. Self-described Keywords: While Profiles automatically generates concepts for you based on the MeSH terms for PubMed Publications (see the upper-right hand corner of your “passive networks”), we have added a new section allowing you to specify additional terms that reflect your expertise and interests. It has been pre-populated with terms provided from Expertise Resources and Faculty Development applications, if applicable.
  4. BU NIH RePORTER enhancements: We have worked with NIH to link PIs/Project Leaders in NIH RePORTER to their BU Profile. You’ll be able to link to a profile from the project search results page after submitting a RePORTER query, by clicking on the PI/Project Leader name. Then you’ll be able to click on the BU Profiles link, which will open in a new tab. You can also get there from the details tab, or any place the name is listed within a given project. Sample images are below.
    Project Search Results

    Pop-up window links into BU Profiles

    Other screens with the PI/Project Leader shown allow the same functionality 

Who is listed in Profiles?

Initially University and community faculty, investigators, trainees, and research and clinical staff involved in basic science, clinical or translational research at Boston University. In the future, expansion of BU Profiles to other populations within the larger University system is under consideration.

Who can view Profiles?

People both inside and outside the BU community via our public website. However, BU researchers with a BU login can login for additional features, such as profile editing.

How do I login to Profiles?

BU Profiles is integrated with the University's BU login username and password single sign-on. Use your BU login and Kerberos password. You can get to BU Profiles by going to https://profiles.bu.edu, then log in by clicking “Login to Profiles” in the upper-right hand corner of the top navigation menu. You will also be prompted to login when clicking “Edit My Profile.”

If you don’t remember your BU login or password, contact the BUMC IT Help Desk at 617-638-5914 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST) or email bumchelp@bu.edu

How do I edit my profile?

  • Click “Edit my Profile” from the edit menu on the top navigation section. If you’re viewing your profile while logged in, you should also see the option to “Edit This Profile.”
  • Each profile is divided into several sections:
    • Photo
    • Display Name and Degree
    • Websites
    • Pronouns
    • Overview: Research Expertise & Professional Interests
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Statement
    • Other Positions (this is read only)
    • Research (this is read only)
    • Publications
    • Social/Media
    • Honors
    • Keywords
    • Mentoring
    • Contact Info
  • You can make changes using the various "Add", "Edit", and/or "Delete" links in each section.
  • Display or hide each section, except contact information, by clicking the Hide/Show or Edit Visibility links.
  • BU Profiles uses the campus directory for contact information. To make changes to this data log in to the Employee Self Service page by clicking this link to the BUWorks Central Portal. Select the "Employee Self-Service" tab and then click the "Personal Information" link. You can make changes to your office address and phone number there.
  • Changes made to that data may not show up in BU Profiles until the following business day.
  • Please send photo revisions to profiles@bu.edu instead of adding them via your profile. A separate system is now integrated with BU Profiles for photos. Eventually you will have direct access to edit your photo in that system, but for now a system administrator will make the change for you.
  • You can edit the content in the Honors, Overview, and Publications sections.
  • Concepts cannot be edited directly because they are derived automatically from the PubMed articles listed with your profile. You can improve these lists by keeping your publications up to date. See below under ‘Can I edit my concepts?’ for more information.
  • For suggestions and problems you can request help.

How do I add and edit my photo?

  • Choose “Edit My Profile” or “Edit this Profile” if you’re already logged in and viewing your profile.
  • Click Photo
  • Within the “Address” section click “Photo”
  • Click "Add/Edit Custom Photo", then click "Choose File" to locate the picture file which you want to use as your profile photo.
  • Once you’ve added the photo, don’t forget to “Edit Visibility” to make it visible.
The photo will be reduced to a rectangle of 150 x 120 pixels. If the picture you chose to upload did not originally have these dimensions then some distortion of the picture will occur.

You can change your profile photo at any time using the procedure detailed above.

You can hide your profile photo from public view by clicking "Edit Visibility" once you’ve clicked on “Photo” within the Address section. You can change the privacy settings to any of the 4 settings displayed on that screen (see privacy settings for more info). Currently there is no mechanism for deleting a profile photo – it should be replaced with another photo.

Can I edit my concepts, co-authors, or list of similar people?

  • Concepts and co-authors are derived automatically from the PubMed articles listed with your profile. You cannot edit these directly, but you can improve these lists by keeping your publications in Profiles RNS up to date. Please note that it takes up to 24 hours for the system to update your concepts, co-authors, and similar people after modification.
  • Concept rankings and similar people lists are based on algorithms that weigh several factors including: the number of corresponding publications, how relevant the concepts are to the overall topics of the publications, how long ago the publications were written, whether a person was the first or senior author and how many other people have written about the same topic. Your feedback is essential to helping us refine these algorithms.
  • This website allows users to add custom self-derived keywords to their profiles. In addition, there are automatically derived terms (concepts) from your publications.

How can I modify the degrees displayed next to my photo and name?

Contact support staff by utilizing the feedback form with details and we will customize the display of your degrees in Profiles.

Why are there missing or incorrect publications in my profile?

Publications are added both automatically from PubMed and manually by BU researchers directly. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to match articles in PubMed to the profiles on this website. The algorithm used to find articles from PubMed attempts to minimize the number of publications incorrectly added to a profile; however, this method results in some missing publications. Researchers with common names, changed names or whose articles were written at other institutions are most likely to have incomplete publication lists. We encourage all BU researchers to login to the BU Profiles website and add missing publications or remove incorrect ones.

If you have missing publications that you know should be in PubMed, there are two easy ways to add them. Choose “Edit My Profile” or “Edit this Profile” if you’re already logged in and viewing your profile. On the edit screen click “Publications,” and you can:
  • Add PubMed – This allows you to find publications affiliated with a specific organization and published with a specific name. This is very useful if you published at organizations other than Boston University, or if you had a name change due to marriage, etc. You can enter your name in the author text box as it’s typically listed in PubMed, then enter the affiliation where you published. So if you did a lot of work while at Harvard, you would list that in the affiliation field. By default there is a box checked at the bottom to “exclude articles already added to my profile.” Once you run the search with that selected, it will only bring back items in PubMed that are not already in your profile. That makes review easier. You can quickly select all or just some of the publications, then choose “Add Selected” to bring them into your profile. You can repeat the process if you were at several other institutions. Note that you can search for multiple name formats at a given affiliation, but only for one affiliation at a time. You also have the option to use publication keywords if you have a particularly common name. Also please note that when first adding missing publications using “Add PubMed”, if you were not the first author it may help to list the first author AND your name as it appears in PubMed to bring back additional results. We’ve noticed that just listing your name on those articles where you’re not the first author isn’t always enough. First search with your name alone, then cycle through additional first author and your name combinations, if needed.
  • Add by ID – This is most useful if you have a list of PMIDs that belong to you. You can paste or type them all in one text box separated by comma or semicolon, or one PMID per line. If the publication already exists in your profile it will not create duplicates, so feel free to paste in your entire list if you have that information handy. If not, you can just enter the PMIDs for publications you think are missing.
  • Add Custom – Don’t use this unless you know the publication is not in PubMed. It’s always better to Add PubMed or Add by ID if you can. When adding a custom pub you will be asked to choose the publication type, then fill out the form that follows. If you know your publication has a DOI, please consider adding the DOI URL in the “Website URL” field.

What are the lists of networks on the right side of my profile?

  • The lists at the right side of a BU Profiles page are passive networks that are formed automatically when people share common traits, such as being in the same department. BU Profiles also provides a summary of the expertise represented in a person’s publications.
  • This summary is organized in a series of MeSH terms used by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to index the MEDLINE publications in each Profile.
  • Lists of concepts, co-authors and similar people from Boston University are derived from publications and are created automatically based on the MeSH terms.
  • Department lists are determined automatically and reflect people in your home department.
  • Concepts cannot be edited directly because they are derived automatically from the PubMed articles listed with your profile. You can improve these lists by keeping your publications up to date. See below under ‘Can I edit my concepts?’ for more information.
  • If you have missing publications that you know should be in PubMed, there are two easy ways to add them. Make sure you’re logged in, search for your profile and choose “edit this profile” from the menu. Within the “publications” section you can:

What are Network Visualizations?

BU Profiles includes several different ways to view networks, including:
  • Concept Clouds: highlight a person's areas of research based on MeSH terms.
  • Map Views: show where a person's co-authors are located.
  • Radial Network Views: illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people.
  • Cluster: shows co-authors, number of publications and co-author connection strength.

How can I create or edit "my network"?

You must be logged in to create or edit a network. Active networks (which you define) are shown on the left side of the page. When you log in and view other people's profiles, you can mark other individuals as collaborators, advisors, or advisees, to build your own network of close collaborators. Currently, only you can see the networks that you build. In the future you will be able to share these lists with others.

Privacy Settings / Can I hide information in Profiles?

Only you (or your assigned Proxy) has control over your information and only you can select which sections of your profiles page is displayed or hidden. Each section has a privacy setting, which can be changed by clicking on “Edit Visibility” after clicking on the desired item to change. There are 4 different privacy visibility settings:
  • Owner: Only the profile Owner and special authorized users who manage the website
  • Admins: Limited to a restricted set of site administrators with special access permissions to configure the website.
  • Curators: Limited to a small number of users whose job is to manage content on the website.
  • Harvesters: Limited to authorized automated processes that synch data between this website and other systems.
  • Users: Limited to people who have logged into BU Profiles (so generally the BU community)
  • No Search: Open to the general public, but blocked to certain (but not all) search engines such as Google.
  • Public: Open to the general public and may be indexed by search engines. This is typically the default, and recommended setting.
Your positions are publically visible and cannot be changed. Individual records in the same section cannot be set with different visibility settings at this time. For example, you can’t set some awards/honors as public and others as owner. That may change in a future release.

What are the sources of data for Profiles?

All default data on individual profiles is currently available on other public web sites or has been approved by each school for release. These include:
  • Human Resources data such as contact information, faculty appointments, positions and degrees come from SAP.
  • Publications come from the MEDLINE/PubMed citation database, most appearing via an automatic disambiguation process (faculty are notified via email as new pubs get added).
  • BU and BMC Sponsored Programs provide grants data monthly. NIH RePORTER data is also updated monthly, and will show once we link a person to their NIH PI_ID.
  • Altmetrics (alternative research metrics on publications) come in from Altmetric (https://www.altmetric.com/).
  • Researchers also contribute their own information as part of editing a profile (such as an overview, social/media or mentoring information).
  • Other delegates may add information on behalf of individuals, which is most common on Websites, Photo, Keywords, Publications and the Overview.

Can I allow someone else to edit my profile?

In BU Profiles you can assign a proxy to manage your profile. There are many default delegates who can assist you with editing a Profile. To view or manage your delegates, log in and click “Edit > Manage Delegates” from the top navigation menu. If the person you want to add to manage your profile is not listed, you can request help. Provide us with his or her name and contact information and they will be loaded into the system and made a proxy for you.

What are the system requirements for using Profiles?

Profiles works best using any of the following Operating Systems / Browsers:
  • Windows & Mac / Chrome 58+
  • Windows / Internet Explorer 10+
  • Windows / Firefox 53+
  • Macintosh / Firefox 53+
  • Macintosh / Safari 10+
If you are using an older browser or a browser not listed above, you may experience some errors in functionality.

Who maintains Profiles?

BU Profiles is managed by the BUMC IT department at the Medical Campus with support from the BUMC IT Help Desk. You can request help or contact us if you have ideas on how to improve Profiles. We look forward to hearing from you if BU Profiles has enhanced your research or educational experience in any way

Success stories will help us further enhance and support tools like BU Profiles. To tell us how we’re doing or for questions please use the feedback form.

Who created Profiles?

This service is made possible by the Profiles Research Networking Software (Profiles RNS) developed under the supervision of Griffin M Weber, MD, PhD, with support from Grant Number 1 UL1 RR025758-01 to Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center from the National Center for Research Resources and support from Harvard University and its affiliated academic healthcare centers. To learn more about Profiles RNS visit http://profiles.catalyst.harvard.edu/

Where can I get help with using BU Profiles?

If you have questions about BU Profiles, need help editing a profile or have issues with profile data, please request help.