About researcher web profiles
Your researcher profile is an individual, publicly accessible internet profile on the University's website that provides a user friendly and efficient way of showcasing your work.
The Nexus system has been built specifically for the management of your researcher web profile. It is also used in the production of the University of Newcastle's ERA submission.
Researcher profiles are designed to highlight areas of expertise including research, teaching / mentoring / leadership and administrative. The Nexus system will automatically present this information on the University website by consolidating data from a number of University systems, such as HR, NURO, NOVA, NUSTAR and RIMS.
You are able to delegate responsibility of your profile to other University staff with the impersonation functions (http://dotnet.newcastle.edu.au/Nexus/Impersonation/Index)
Nexus can also be used by PhD and Research Masters students to build online profiles.
How to set up a basic researcher profile
Once your profile is activated, Career, Publications, Grants and Funding and Supervision tabs will appear on your profile. The information comes from various University databases which is used to populate your researcher profile.
Please note: only non-affiliated research income and supervision outputs may be directly entered into Nexus.
Parts of a profile
This is typically a high-level summary of your academic and research endeavours. It should ideally cover things like:
- a general description of your work and why it matters
- the challenges you're trying to solve through your work or a description of your high-level goals
- evidence of impact (or potential impact). How has your work made a tangible difference to people's lives, our region(s) or our world?
- the aspects of your work that motivate or excite you the most
- what's next in your research journey - what are you hoping to achieve in the future?
It's important that this information is written in simple, plain English. As you consider your content, write it as if you were sharing the information with someone who is not a researcher and has no previous knowledge of your field of work.
See below for an example of a highlight tab and story. This example uses first-person quotations, but you don't need to include this element. Your researcher highlights summary can simply be a description of the key points noted above, written from your point of view.
The "Career" tab of your web profile is populated with data from the "Biography" and "Esteem" section of Nexus.
Your biography manages information such as your Biography, Fields of Research code, Professional Experience and Qualifications. The Esteem section provides you with areas to record Awards, Invitations, prestigious works etc.
The RPS team recommends each profile have a completed biography, keywords and Fields of Research codes selected.
Nexus will feed your publication records to your web profile by type i.e. Book, Book Chapter etc. and in chronological order.
The source of all of your publication records is the NURO system, Nexus simply provides you with the tools to manage the display of your publications and to add/manage additional descriptive information.
You can use the "Publications" section of Nexus to filter your list of publications, highlighting those publications that are your best work. If you wish to add a new publication, you can do this by logging into the NURO system.
Note: You can also upload open access texts of your publications to the University Repository via NURO. Links to attached texts are automatically displayed in your profile. If you need support uploading texts, please contact NOVA@newcastle.edu.au for support.
Nexus will feed your grant records to your web profile in chronological order, and only successful grants are shown by the system.
The source of all of your grant records is the RIMS system, Nexus simply provides you with the tools to manage the display of your grants and to add/manage additional descriptive information.
Unlike the publications section, Nexus will allow you to create grants locally in Nexus (This can be useful to build a complete profile of you r research funding). To add a new grant, simply click the "Add Grant" button within the "Grants" section of Nexus. You can also use the "Grants" section of Nexus to filter your list of grants, highlighting your best work.
If you discover an error in your records, please contact the grants team at email@example.com for support.
Example of a grants and funding tab
Nexus will feed your current and past supervision records to your web profile in chronological order.
The source of all of your supervision records is the NUSTAR system, Nexus simply provides you with the tools to manage the display of your records and to add/manage additional descriptive information. Nexus will allow you to create supervision records locally in Nexus (This can be useful to build a complete profile of your research supervision).
To add a new record, simply click the "Add Student" button within the "Supervision" section of Nexus. You can also use the "Supervision" section of Nexus to filter your list of students, highlighting your current or best students work.
If you discover an error in your records, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at Research@newcastle.edu.au for support.
Example of a supervision tab
The "Collaborations Map" is a novel way to display the geographical location of your co-authors. The map sources data from the NURO system where the address details of co-authors are recorded by Scopus and Web of Science. The map is not intended to support analytical functions, it is simply a visual representation of countries where you have at least one co-author listed. Given the map relies on the accuracy of records provided by third parties, the data is not verified.
To toggle the display of your Collaborations Map in Nexus, please use the "Researcher Global Controls" and check the "Do not display 'Collaborations Map' tab" setting accordingly. This tab highlights your global connections by mapping the address information of your co-authors on a map of the globe.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with activating the collaborations map tab on your profile.
Example of a collaborations map tab
The 'News' tab will show all existing news articles on the UON website that you have been tagged in, these are the same articles that also show in the sidebar of your profile. The sidebar is limited to the most recent 5, whereas the 'News' tab will show all articles. New is primarily managed by the Media team within Marketing and Public Relations, however web publishers from Research, Faculties, and Schools can also create news articles and tag them to appear on your profile.
If you believe a news article is incorrectly appearing on your profile, and you're not sure who may have created the news article you can log a job via the Web Support Portal and they will be able to assist.
If you have some news you'd like added to your profile, or if there is an existing news story that you'd like to appear on your profile, you can log a job via the Web Support Portal.
Example of a News tab
The contact details on your profile are sourced directly from the University's central HR and Identity Management systems. You are able to edit some of these details e.g. Phone, Room, Focus Area etc. directly wit hin HROnline.
Queries relating to your position title should be directed to the HRIS team - email@example.com or via your area's specific HR contact.
Queries relating to email addresses should be logged via the IT support portal - http://17000.newcastle.edu.au.
Example of a contact tab
Log a request with the Research Performance team via ServiceUON.