Biomedical Informatics (BI)

UICollaboratory Research Profiles FAQs


About UICollaboratory Research Profiles

What is UICollaboratory? The UICollaboratory is a tool designed to help faculty members and departments identify who is working in what scientific areas at UIC and UIUC. The UICollaboratory maintains faculty profiles from researchers across the health science colleges, including their publications from the Scopus database, grants from NIH RePORTER and their departmental affiliations.

What do I use it for? An understanding of "who" in the organization is working on "what" can facilitate building collaborative teams and productive research relationships. The UICollaboratory Research Profiles contains both career-long and current research information, requires little to no effort for creation or maintenance, and is easy to use. In addition to highlighting individual research expertise, the Research Profiles tool exposes connections among researchers and can assist in identifying potential collaborators both internally and at other organizations. This tool can also help find mentors and key knowledge holders, making connections between faculty, students, and staff easier.

What data is included? The UICollaboratory Research Profiles use the freely available MEDLINE publication data (PubMed) as well as NIH-funded grant information (NIH RePORTER) to create a "fingerprint" of a researcher's subject expertise. This fingerprint is updated automatically as publications enter the MEDLINE database, meaning researchers are not required to manually maintain their individual profiles.

How often is the UICollaboratory Research Profiles data updated? The faculty research profiles are updated on a weekly basis over the weekend. On Monday morning of each week, the system will have been refreshed with the most current Scopus publications and NIH-funded grants.

How does the UICollaboratory Research Profiles get information about the university structure? We provided SciVal with the department structure at UIC and UIUC, and SciVal mapped researchers to their department or unit. This allows users to browse researchers by department, search by name, or search by topic to find experts in a particular area.

Which researchers are included in the tool? The Research Profiles tool is intended to highlight our research prominence in the health sciences and, therefore, currently includes research faculty at UIC and UIUC who have an affiliation with one of the health science colleges or who have a primary appointment in the college of bioengineering. This may be expanded to other areas of the university in the future. The included faculty list is maintained internally, and there may be a lag between a faculty member's hire date and generation of a fingerprint.

We welcome your input to make the UICollaboratory Research Profiles tool as complete and accurate as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Garrett, Project Coordinator, at

How can I add my name to the list to be included? Contact Melissa Garrett at if you are interested in being included in the UICollaboratory.

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Support FAQs:

Who can I contact if I need help?
Please visit the 'Contact Us' page directly from the UICollaboratory website or email .

If I wish to schedule a demonstration of the Research Profiles, who should I contact?
Please visit the 'Contact Us' page directly from the UICollaboratory website or email .

If I find an error in my profile, how do I correct it?
Please visit the 'Contact Us' page directly from the UICollaboratory website or email .

Can I add information to my profile page?
The Profile Enhancer feature allows you to add additional content to your profile. To use this feature, please click on the link in the upper right corner of your profile page entitled "Edit your Profile." See Profile Enhancer (add link for section below here) for more details. Alternatively, you can also send a CV to and the UICollaboratory team will add it for you.

Can I opt out of the UICollaboratory?
Please contact the UIC team at .

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Profile Enhancer:

What is the Profile Enhancer?
Elsevier offers the Profile Enhancer, a module within SciVal Experts that enables researchers to input additional content into their profiles. By helping researchers enhance their profiles with more information on their scholarly activity, funding, intellectual property, creative works and other areas, researchers can reveal a more comprehensive picture of their expertise and become even more discoverable by potential collaborators, both internally and externally. Administrators can also enter data on behalf of researchers. To use this feature, please click on the link in the upper right corner of your profile page entitled "Edit your Profile."

What kind of information can I add to my profile page?
Researchers or administrators can enter a variety of data into their profiles including:

  • General Information (preferred research domains, research keywords, personal website)
  • Publications
  • Research and Funding
  • Intellectual Property
  • Teaching
  • Creative Works
  • Awards and Honors
  • Professional Information (memberships, certifications, licenses, education, partnerships, etc).

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