Illinois Experts

About

Identify potential collaborators. Find cutting-edge scholarly works. Showcase research expertise.

Illinois Experts BETA (previously called Illinois Research Connections) is an initial, information-gathering launch, which will expand in both scope and value over time. With Illinois Experts BETA, members of the Illinois research community can access nearly 1,800 STEM and social science faculty profiles through an online, searchable database, updated weekly from the Scopus abstract and citation database. During initial launch and testing, some profiles will be robust and accurate while others will be incomplete. We will be actively working in the coming weeks and months to develop a resource that is both inclusive and representative of the breadth of research strengths at Illinois. Following the BETA launch, Illinois Experts will grow to include up to 2,500 public faculty and researcher profiles from all Illinois disciplines, and expand to include grants, patents, and more. Illinois Experts is a joint project supported by the University Library and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Important notes about this BETA LAUNCH

  • This is an initial, information-gathering introduction.
  • It will expand in both scope and value over time.
  • During initial launch and testing, some profiles will be robust and accurate while others will be incomplete.
  • We will be actively working in the coming weeks and months to develop a resource that is both inclusive and representative of the breadth of research strengths at Illinois.

Why develop this portal?

The campus strategic plan called for stronger infrastructure to foster scholarship, discovery and innovation, and specifically included the development of a faculty profile-sharing database. Illinois Experts BETA is the first step in achieving that goal. The portal will enable faculty, students, and staff to discover research expertise and potential collaborators, and will serve as a showcase for research and scholarly achievements at Illinois. In addition, Illinois Experts will provide a central portal for external audiences seeking information about Illinois expertise, including potential off-campus collaborators and research sponsors. It will also support the economic development mission of the campus by improving the accessibility of our scholarly expertise for both corporate partners and private citizens.

Project scope and who’s included

For this initial go-live, Illinois Experts BETA includes nearly 1,800 STEM and social science faculty and OVCR institute researcher profiles, populated with more than 90,000 publications indexed in Elsevier’s Scopus database, updated automatically on a weekly basis.

Illinois Experts profiles have also been created for faculty members in the arts and humanities, but these have not yet been made visible within the portal. Because Scopus information is not an accurate representation of arts and humanities scholarship, we are working to locally collect and populate monograph, book chapter, and other information from OCLC WorldCat and alternative sources for humanities and arts scholars prior to making these profiles visible. These scholars can review the works collected to date by logging into the back end of their profile at Illinois Experts BETA and may contact irc-help@illinois.edu if they would like to make their profile visible now.

Illinois Experts BETA does not include non-tenure line researchers from most units at this time (emeritus faculty, clinical faculty, academic professions), and the project team is working to develop a process for inclusion of these scholars.

Automatically loaded publications data will be representative, but not exhaustive, and researchers will be able to enhance their profiles by adding and importing additional scholarly works and profile information. Unit executive officers may assign staff delegates to manage publications information on behalf of their researchers.

Announcements

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With Illinois Experts you can:

• Showcase your work

Example of a researcher profile

• Access campus research expertise

Illinois Experts homepage

• Discover new collaborators

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