Preparing your Profile for Scholars 3.0

By Hans Harlacher // March 31, 2023

Exciting news—Scholars@Duke is getting a fresh new look! Scholars 3.0, our redesigned user-interface, is coming soon and we can't wait for you to see it. With an updated and modernized interface, it will be easier than ever to connect with colleagues, showcase your research, and discover new opportunities.

We've come up with a few tips to help you prepare for your upgraded profile. Remember that the best way to leverage your Scholars profile is by keeping it updated regularly with new publications, research interests, presentations, and other scholarly activities.

(Note: the Scholars@Duke upgrade will happen automatically; all existing data from your current Scholars profile will be imported to the new version.) 

6 Steps to revamp your Scholars Profile


1. Introduce yourself with a compelling overview.

Your overview statement is your chance to introduce yourself and your scholarly activities at Duke. Write a clear, concise, and engaging summary that highlights your academic achievements, research interests, and future goals.


2. Add a professional profile picture.

Choose a professional and clear profile picture that represents you well. Avoid using casual or blurry pictures that may not present a professional image. Profiles with an appropriate photo are far more likely to be seen as opposed to those with the dreaded "default" avatar.


3. Use web links to establish your online presence all in one place.

This is a great opportunity to link to your other important Duke web profiles, personal website, lab website, Google Scholar,, or LinkedIn profile to help viewers learn more about you. Your web links will be featured prominently alongside your contact info to provide easy access to all your important sites.

4. Make a list of relevant subject headings.

Subject headings are keywords that represent or describe your research or scholarly interests and make your profile more findable. Start by adding at least 3-5 meaningful subject headings, but feel free to include as many relevant terms as you'd like.


5. Manage your Elements publications list.

Log in to Elements to add, delete, or hide publications listed on your Scholars@Duke profile. If any of your publications are missing, check Elements to review publications from journal databases that require your approval before they appear on your Scholars profile.


6. Ensure the accuracy of your office hours and contact info.

After spending time creating an effective Scholars profile, you'll want to make sure others know how best to contact you for collaborations and other opportunities. Your office hours can be edited directly in Profile Manager, but any issues with your contact info must be resolved in Duke@Work or Duke OIT Self-Service.

Looking for more ways to improve your Scholars profile?

As you have time, update any other relevant sections such as Awards and Honors, In the News, Presentations and Appearances, Fellowships, Supported research, and Other Grants, Service to the Profession, or Outreach and Engaged Scholarship. 

Note: See the "How to Edit" boxes at the top of each section in the Profile Manager editing interface for additional guidance on how to update that specific section.


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