New Researcher Profiles Service Announcement

Related Core Facilities:

Friday 02/17/2012

In addition to tracking all papers published by Center researchers, the Arnold Library will now be offering a researcher profile service. 

This new service will roll out in two phases:

1.       Temporary Solution

Necessitated by a variety of unwelcome changes made by the current profile vendor, all existing profilee’s data now has a temporary home within the library’s website, and has been merged with the Center-authored papers tracking service citation set.  These interim profiles are live at

a.       If you had a COS profile, please take a look at this new version and let us know if any data should be edited. 

i.      No need for special accounts or publication tracking, we take care of all edits for you.  Just let us know if you see any errors or omissions and we will make the corrections. 

ii.      Please note, publications in this system only date back to 2008 and represent papers with FHCRC addresses among authors.  Please let us know if you would like us to add your older and non-FHCRC papers to this temporary system.  We haven’t lost the records of your older papers, and our focus will be on making sure that all of your papers appear in our permanent profile solution.

iii.      Unfortunately, your former COS profile links have all been broken by the vendor without any redirects set into place.  We recommend you remove those links from your websites, etc. You are welcome to replace them with links to our interim system.

b.      If you did NOT have a COS profile, but would like a profile now, please email your CV to, and we’ll gladly build you a page.

2.       Long Term Solution

Working with a team that includes members of CIT, the Director’s Office and Web Communications, we plan to select and recommend a new profiles system that will offer our community a variety of new functionality and efficiencies. 

The goal of this work is to provide a solution that offers profiles that are accurate, up-to-date, efficient to maintain, data rich, and which support researcher collaboration and publication reporting.

We are evaluating various systems and have identified a long list of features and attributes, chief among them are our core requirements which include:

  • Semi-automated publication identification.  The optimal system will automatically identify likely researcher - publication matches and will allow librarians, researchers or administrative staff the ability to accept or reject matches.
  • Frequent new publication and grant data updates.  Weekly or monthly, automated updates to publications and grants data are preferred.
  • System-level management accounts.  These accounts will allow librarians to provide immediate assistance to our researchers, creating and editing profiles, providing local quality control, and more.
  • HutchNet ID-based system accounts for all users.  Because no one needs more IDs and passwords in their life.
  • Fine-grained public/private settings.  Systems that allow either whole profiles, or specific components of a profile to be restricted in a variety of ways will give us flexibility in responding to the changing needs of both researchers and administrators.
  • Search and directory functions that support researchers’ need to find collaborators.  Our ideal system will both offer robust internal search, facilitating local collaboration, and will integrate with national efforts to create searching across profile systems in academia.
  • Publication reports and visualizations.  Modern profile systems now offer a wide variety ofpublication reports that offer insight into co-authoring patterns, and much more.

If you are interested in knowing more about researcher profiles tools, these services, or if you are interested in learning more about the candidate systems, please contact Ann Marie Clark at