The variety in Researcher information services

I crossed a nice list of Researcher information services @ the REPINF wiki this week:

Research Crossroads

Self-registering searchable service that collects data on researchers in science and medicine: their research, grant funding, publications, affiliation, biography, etc. Also provides searchable databases on funders, grants awarded and clinical trials. Also acts as a networking tool.

Authors self-register themselves, their departments and universities/institutions. Authors add details of their papers. Currently has around 24K people and 87K papers.


Thomson Reuters’ author profiling service. Searchable researcher/research database with the benefit of Thomson Reuters’ unique author identifier system (see Author Identifiers topic).


Scientists’ network with over 180,000 members to date (November 2009). Scientists add details about themselves and their work, upload full-texts of their papers, and discuss relevant topics. Has just introduced a ‘micro-article’ idea, which is to encourage scientists to write and upload brief versions of their latest work for rapid communication and discussion. There is also an embryonic job advertising facility. Free to join and use. It is not clear how this initiative is supported fiancially, though it claims to be bulit ‘by scientists for scientists’.


For use as an institutional ‘campus gateway’. Database of researchers, their publications and their institutional affiliations (group/department/school, etc), enabling a search for ‘campus experts’. Accepts deposits in popular formats (e.g. Refworks) and provides automatic rights-checking using SHERPA RoMEO. Makes SWORD-compliant deposits to the institutional repository or other locations.


Developed at Cornell University Library. A campus research discovery tool. Researchers can manage their own page/profile, which usually links to their personal web page and departmental or other affiliation web pages.

Scholar Universe (ProQuest)

2 million scholar profiles generated from ProQuest’s databases.

Selected Works (Berkeley Electronic Press)

Authors create their own profiles for a campus profiling service.


About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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