About Profiles Research Networking Software
Profiles Research Networking Software (UAMS Profiles RNS) is a networking tool designed to help
researchers at UAMS more easily connect with each other through common interests, projects, and
specialties. Profiles goes beyond a traditional directory to not only show traditional directory
information, but it also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the broad research
As you navigate through the website, you will see three types of pages:
Each faculty member has a system generated profile page that includes biographical and contact
information; a list of their most recent grant activity; and a list of their PubMed publications.
Faculty can also edit their pages to add additional information such as work within their professional
community, awards and honors, teaching and/or clinical activities, and more.
Included on each person's Profile Page is a list of their Networks. Networks are formed automatically
when researchers share common traits such as being in the same department, working in the same building,
co-authoring the same paper, or researching the same concepts or topics. A preview of a person's networks
is shown on the right side of his or her profile.
Network Pages show all the people in a particular Network. Networks are not restricted
to just people, networks can be comprised of other information from the database as well.
A "concept" network is a list of all the topics a person has written about.
Profiles includes several different ways to view networks, including (from left to right)
Concept Clouds, which highlight a person's areas 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.
Certain Network Pages will include a "Why?" link. These will take you to a Connection
Page, which shows why two people or profiles in that network are connected. For
example, the Why link in a co-authorship network lists the publications that two
people wrote together. The Connection Pages also reveal why certain people appear
higher on search results and why particular concepts are highlighted on a person's