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Using Esploro, the university showcases its researchers, their research output, and the impact of their work, making it easier to identify expert collaborators and enhance the institution’s prestige

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, November 12, 2020 – Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Australia’s Southern Cross University (SCU) has launched its online Researcher Profiles, powered by the Ex Libris Esploro™ research information management solution. The Researcher Profiles pages are part of SCU’s Esploro-based Research Portal, which showcases research carried out at Southern Cross University and provides access to scholarly outputs.

In the current landscape, many researchers maintain their academic profile on multiple social networks and sites. Furthermore, the profiles on universities’ portals are often incomplete and out of date; to revamp them, the researcher, an assistant, or the library must invest significant manual labor.

Using the Esploro solution, an institution can automatically create and update researcher profiles, thus reducing the burden on researchers while exposing their scholarly expertise. These updated profiles facilitate the identification of collaborators across disciplines, advance industry partnerships, and open the door for new funding sources. With the Ex Libris smart harvesting AI, records of research assets are captured from multiple external sources, such as the Ex Libris Central Discovery Index, disciplinary repositories, and national repositories. The upcoming integration with ORCID will also enable scholars to automatically synchronize their ORCID and Esploro profiles.

Southern Cross University Director, Library Services – Alison Slocombe explained, “Now, more than ever, it is important for our research work and expertise to be easily discoverable and for our scholars to have the tools they need to describe their research trajectory. The Ex Libris Esploro solution provides these tools by bringing together all of a researcher’s outputs, from diverse sources, and showcasing them externally in a compelling manner. In addition, the Esploro research management capabilities enable us to systematically collect information that simplifies reporting for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national assessment framework.”

Nadav Doron, Ex Libris vice president of Research Information Management Solutions, added, “We are excited to be working with Southern Cross University, helping promote its scholars’ expertise and improve research discoverability. Our recent market survey reveals that 40% of research institutions lack a portal to expose their scholars’ work. This makes the task of monitoring publications more cumbersome than it ought to be. With Esploro, the library and research office can scale up their support for research and lessen scholars’ manual involvement in keeping their profiles up to date. The compelling interface encourages researchers to use their profiles and promote them externally.”

About Southern Cross University

Ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 110 universities in the Asia-Pacific region (2019) and among the top 200 universities in the world under 50 years old (2020), Southern Cross University is a young, progressive, and connected research university. SCU’s vibrant campuses are located in eastern Australia, in areas of extraordinary natural beauty: southern Queensland, where our fastest-growing campus overlooks Kirra Beach, and Coffs Harbour and Lismore in New South Wales. Our mission is to equip our students to live a life they value and to be effective global citizens. We do this by creating inspirational and engaged learning experiences. We create and apply knowledge in partnership with our communities in fields that are regionally relevant and globally significant. For more information, visit scu.edu.au.

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About ProQuest (https://about.proquest.com)

ProQuest is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.

ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

11 November 2020


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