PROFILES - Connect with RTRN Researchers

RTRN Profiles Frequently Asked Questions

RTRN Profiles is a research networking and expertise mining software tool which enables the discovery of research expertise within RTRN consortium. RTRN Profiles allows researchers to network and collaborate with other researchers, mentors or mentees and the research community at large via the Participation National Networks at the Distributed Interoperable Research Experts Collaboration Tool (DIRECT).

The #1 impact is that RTRN Profiles has created visibility and access to experts across the network. Visibility, as a network we have increased national standing in research network whereas RTRN participated in the launch of DIRECT ( which list over 100 institutions including the 18 RCMIs. This allows RTRN investigators to search outside of our networked institutions to find expertise.

The #2 impact is that, RTRN has many happy users that are enjoying the functions within Profiles which show both traditional directory information and also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the larger research community. For instance, when you view a person's profile, three types of information are displayed:

  1. Managed Descriptions

    This is the typical information listed in a research profile, including name, title, affiliation, phone number and email address. Researchers of RTRN affiliated institutions can edit their own profiles, adding publications, awards, narrative, and a photo.

  2. Passive Networks

    Passive networks are formed automatically when researchers of RTRN affiliated institutions. Researchers of RTRN affiliated institutions share common traits such as being in the same department, working in the same building, co-authoring the same paper, or researching the same topics (as defined, for example, by the "MeSH" keywords or other keywords assigned to their publications).

  3. Active Networks

    Active networks are the ones that a researcher defines, such as by belonging to a translational research cluster and/or within a specific department at an institution. In the near future, the RTRN DCC hopes to implement functions which will allow users to mark persons as collaborators, advisors, or advisees. This will allow individual researchers to build their own network of people that they know and share these lists with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can view RTRN Profiles?

RTRN Profiles is searchable by people both inside and outside the RTRN community via our public website. Profiles users can login for additional features, such as editing their profile and add persons to his/her network.

How do I login to RTRN Profiles?

To facilitate access to RTRN Profiles user must sign on with username and password created.

  • If you have a RTRN Profile and you know your username and password, you should be able to login to RTRN Profiles via the login screen. Once successfully logged in, you will be directed to Profiles “search” automatically.
  • If you have username and/or password that is not working after preforming a recover password function; write to to request information and/or help. A member of the Research Resources and Research Networking team will verify your credentials and provide you with the proper information.

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 user name and password.
  • Your profile is divided into several sections: directory information, photo, awards and honors, narrative, and publications.
  • 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 this list by keeping your publications up to date.
  • Contact if you have questions about editing your profile.

Why are there missing or incorrect publications in my profile?

Publications are added both automatically from PubMed and manually by RTRN researchers 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. Researchers with common names or whose articles were written at other institutions are most likely to have incomplete publication lists. We encourage all RTRN researchers to login to the profiles website and add any missing publications or remove incorrect ones.

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

These 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 people after you have modified your publications. Keyword rankings and similar people 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 researchers who have published in that area and how long ago the articles were written.

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

  • The lists at the right side of a RTRN Profiles page are passive networks that are formed automatically when people share common traits, such as being in the same department.
  • Profiles also provides 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 RTRN Profile.
  • Lists of keywords, co-authors and similar people from UConn and affiliated institutions 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.

What are the Network Visualizations?

RTRN Profiles includes several different ways to view networks, including Concept Clouds, which highlight a person's areas of research based on MeSH terms; Map Views, which show where a person's co-authors are located; and Radial Network Views, which illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people.

How can I create or edit "my network"?

You must be logged in to create or edit a network. Active networks are shown on the left side of the page and are the ones that you define. When RTRN Profiles users login to the website and view other people's profiles, they can mark individuals as collaborators, advisors, or advisees. In other words, you can build your own network of people that you know. Currently, only you can see the networks that you build. In the future you will be able to share these lists with others.

What are the sources of data for RTRN Profiles?

All data shown was input by the researcher and/or by default populate with data currently available on other public web sites. Researchers also contribute their own information as part of editing a profile.

Can I allow someone else to edit my profile?

To make managing researcher information easier, RTRN Profiles allows proxies to be designated for each user. There are a number of default proxies who may assist you with editing a Profile. Once logged in, click “manage proxies” to see the users who can edit your profile. If you would like to add an assistant to manage your profile or a group of profiles, contact with his or her name and contact information so that they can be loaded into the system.

What are the system requirements for using Profiles?

RTRN Profiles works best using any of the following Operating Systems / Browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Windows / Safari 3+
  • Windows / Firefox 3+
  • Windows / Opera 10+
  • Windows / Internet Explorer 9+
  • Macintosh / Safari 3+
  • Macintosh / Firefox 3+

If you are using an older browser or a browser not listed above (e.g. Windows/ Internet Explorer 7, 8), you may experience some errors in functionality.

Who maintains RTRN Profiles?

RTRN Profiles is managed by RTRN Data Coordinating Center (DCC) Research Resources and Research Networking (R3N) Division Gateway Office with support from RTRN DCC Information Security and Technology Integration (ISTI) Division. We encourage you to get in touch with the RTRN R3N about your ideas on how to improve RTRN Profiles. We especially look forward to hearing from you if Profiles has enabled your research or educational experiences 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 send a note to or use the “Feedback” button located at the right side of the Profiles window.

Who created Profiles?

This service is made possible by the Profiles Research Networking Software (Profiles RNS) developed under the supervision of Griffin M Weber, MD, PhD, with support from Grant Number 1 UL1 RR025758-01 to Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center from the National Center for Research Resources and support from Harvard University and its affiliated academic healthcare centers. To learn more about Profiles RNS visit

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