Social Media Tracking and Grant Awards Now Part of Northwestern Scholars

Faculty gain further visibility of research achievements with upgrades

By Roger AndersonNovember 30, 2018

Northwestern Scholars, the University’s research expertise and networking system, now includes two new enhancements: “alternative metrics” (altmetrics) on publications and new grant award information.

Altmetrics indicate the attention a publication is receiving in social media and news reports, and by bloggers and readers on Mendeley, a reference manager and academic social network tool, says Ruth Allee, Northwestern Scholars director. 

“Along with citation data, this addition provides a more holistic indication of a publication’s impact,” Allee says. “We also have enhanced faculty profiles with projects/grants information from InfoEd, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.”

The site’s alternative metrics capabilities are powered by PlumX and Altmetric.

Northwestern Scholars launched in 2012 as a tool to showcase research expertise and scholarly output, such as publications, visual works, and performances. It also highlights collaborations, potential collaborators, research interests, keywords, and more, across all disciplines at the University. A key goal of Scholars has been to, where possible, automatically populate faculty profiles with data from authoritative sources and thereby minimize such efforts for faculty. In 2016 the system migrated to Elsevier’s “Pure” technology platform, which improved the public-facing portal and added new features, such as additional collaboration network visualizations, more robust reporting capabilities, and web services for data feeds in and out of the system. (Visit “Frequently Asked Questions/Help” for more details.)

Additional functionality and features will be coming to Northwestern Scholars this academic year. One enhancement will connect ORCID iDs for faculty who have registered and linked their ORCID iD to their Northwestern NetID, which will expand options for automatically adding scholarly works and other professional information to a faculty member’s profile. (See sidebar for additional information and instructions for registering and connecting an ORCID iD.)

Questions, ideas, and support needs regarding Northwestern Scholars are welcome and may be directed to r-allee@northwestern.edu or to the Northwestern Scholars support email: nuscholars@northwestern.edu.

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