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Frequently Asked Questions


Who created Tufts CTSI Profiles?


  • Tufts CTSI Profiles is supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UL1 RR025752. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. This grant also supported our modification of the original Profiles Research Networking Software developed within the Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Who is listed in Tufts CTSI Profiles?


  • Our initial target population includes Tufts CTSI and Tufts faculty members, researchers with academic leadership appointments, and postdoctoral scholars. The process of cleaning up and adding all these faculty records is expected to be completed by July 1, 2012.
  • Please note: There may be a delay of 10 business days between a person’s hire date and generation of their full profile with publications. If you are not included within this time period, please contact hhsl-its@tufts.edu for support.

Who can view Tufts CTSI Profiles?


  • Tufts CTSI Profiles is searchable by people both inside and outside the Tufts CTSI community. However, people with a Tufts CTSI Profiles account can login for additional features, such as editing their profile (See How do I edit my Profile? below).

How do I login to Tufts CTSI Profiles?


  • Tufts CTSI Profiles is Tufts Simplified Sign-on enabled, which means it utilitizes the same username/password used to access HHSL collections and TUSK.
  • If you have a UTLN (Universal Tufts Login Name), you should automatically be directed back to Tufts CTSI Profiles after logging in.
  • If you have never used your UTLN or for password support, please email hhsl-its@tufts.edu.

How do I edit my Profile?


  • To edit your profile, click the Edit My Profile link on the left sidebar. You will be prompted to login with your UTLN account.
  • Your profile is divided into several sections: directory information, photo, awards and honors, narrative, and publications.
  • Tufts CTSI Profiles uses Tufts University's systems of record for directory information. Changes to these fields should be directed to hhsl-its@tufts.edu.
  • You can display or hide each section, except directory information, by clicking the hide/show links.
  • You can upload a custom photo and also edit the content in the awards, narrative, and publications sections.
  • Keywords are derived automatically from the PubMed articles listed with your profile. You cannot edit keywords directly, but you can improve these lists by keeping your publications up to date.
  • Contact hhsl-its@tufts.edu if you have questions about editing your profile.

What are the sources of data for Tufts CTSI Profiles?


  • Directory information was obtained from Tufts University’s systems of record, which feeds the Tufts University Directory.
  • Publications are derived from the MEDLINE/PubMed citation database.

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


  • The lists at the right side of a profile page are passive networks that are formed automatically when people share common traits, such as being in the same department.
  • The profiles also provide 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 Tufts CTSI profile.
  • Lists of keywords, co-authors and similar people at Tufts CTSI 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.

Why are there missing or incorrect publications in my profile?


Although we strive to have correct information in every profile, sometimes incorrect information will be included. Why?
  • Publications are added both automatically from PubMed and manually by faculty themselves. 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.
  • Faculty who have common names or who wrote articles at other institutions are most likely to have incomplete publication lists.
  • We encourage you to visit your profile immediately and add any missing publications or remove incorrect ones. Every corrected profile brings us closer to our goal of an impeccable, valid database. With your help, we can achieve that goal.

How frequently are the data in the profiles updated?


  • Directory information, such as names, degrees, and contact information will be automatically updated from changes made at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. We will update these changes at least once a week.
  • Publications will be updated from PubMed at least monthly.
  • Faculty can edit portions of their profiles, including publications, at any time by logging in here. Passive community networks that are derived from publications, such as keywords and similar people, will be updated weekly

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


  • Keywords, co-authors, or lists of similar researchers 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 up to date.
  • Please note that it takes up to 24 hours for the system to update your keywords, co-authors, and similar researchers after you have modified your publications.
  • Keyword rankings and similar researcher lists are based on algorithms that weigh multiple factors, such as how many publications you have in a subject area compared to the total number of faculty who have published in that area and how long ago the articles were written.

How can I create or edit “my research community network”?


  • Active research community research networks are shown on the left side of the page and are the ones that you define. Currently, only you can see the networks that you build.
  • When Tufts CTSI users login to the website and view other people’s profiles, they can mark those people as collaborators, advisors, or advisees. In other words, you can build your own research community network of people that you know.

How can I learn more about the Tufts CTSI Profiles tool?


  • Read more on our Tufts CTSI Profiles Blog about the Profiles tool, ongoing development, and community networking enhancements.

Where should I send my ideas on how to improve the tool?


  • We love to receive suggestions for how we can improve Profiles and we encourage you to email hhsl-its@tufts.edu with your ideas. We also look forward to hearing from you if Profiles has enabled or enhanced your research in any way. Your success stories allow us to continue to build on such tools and to continue to get support.
  • To tell us how we’re doing or for questions please email hhsl-its@tufts.edu.

What are the system requirements for using Tufts CTSI Profiles?


  • Tufts CTSI Profiles works best using any of the following Operating Systems / Browsers:
    • Windows / Internet Explorer 7, 8
    • Windows / Firefox 3+
    • Macintosh / Firefox 3+
    • Macintosh / Safari 3+
  • If you are using an older browser or a browser not listed above such as Chrome, you may experience some errors in functionality.
Tufts CTSI Profiles is supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UL1 RR025752. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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