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Profiles Research Network Software


  • Profiles is a networking platform for researchers created by Harvard University.
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine uses Profiles to aggregate academic publication data for its faculty.
  • An individual’s five most recent publications are fed into the institutional bio page for each faculty member.
  • Faculty can edit their publications by logging in to Profiles directly.

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  1. Can I add or remove publications from my Profile’s page?
    1. Yes. Please view this PDF for instructions.  
  2. Can I change other biographical data in my Profiles account?
    1. Edits can be made to many other categories in Profiles, HOWEVER:
      1. Wake Forest only pulls publication data from Profiles.  (e.g., other edits will only appear in Profiles and will not appear on the institutional faculty pages)
      2. If there is incorrect data in Profiles apart from publications, please contact the HR/Peoplesoft team at If you have questions, please contact HRIS at 336-716-9701 or hris@wakehealth.edu.
  3. Can I use Profiles as a networking tool?
    1. Yes.
  4. Where did the original Profile data come from?
    1. Biographical data comes directly from Wake Forest HR/PeopleSoft.
    2. Publication data come from the PubMed network.
    3. Funding sources, bios, etc. are the responsibility of the individual faculty member.

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More Details

Profiles Research Networking Software, a web-based networking tool designed to rapidly mine expertise by key word and/or name search. Profiles identifies these connections through publications, MeSH terms, and physical location to enable Wake Forest faculty and staff to find collaborators across the institution. Profiles has been specifically developed for Wake Forest faculty from open source software pioneered by Harvard Catalyst and is part of the Direct2Experts national consortium. 

  • Profiles provides basic profile information including name, title(s), contact number(s), email address and publications.
  • Profiles intuitively develops a passive network based on this information to illustrated direct associations of co-authors, research interests, and location.
  • Profiles includes several different ways to view networks:
    • Concept Clouds, which highlight a person’s area of research;
    • Map Views, which show where a person’s co-authors are located;
    • Publication Timelines, which graph the number of publications of different types by year;
    • Radial Network Views, which illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people; and
    • Concept Timelines, which depict how a person’s research focus has changed over time.

Contact Information

CTSI: ctsi@wakehealth.edu | 336-716-1195