UWIScholar is an online platform developed by the Alma Jordan Library to showcase the research and expertise of faculty, staff and students across the UWI Campuses. It creates a scholar/researcher profile capturing information such as bio data, research activities and interests, publications, courses taught, public service, consultancies, education & training, grants & funding, awards, affiliations and links to social media accounts.
Currently, only faculty and staff of The University of the West Indies Campuses can create a Scholar Profile in UWIScholar. Support will be developed for post-graduate students in the near future.
Creating a profile and updating your scholarly output in UWIScholar increases the visibility of your research and highlights the research and expertise of The UWI community to a global audience (other researchers, funders and other stakeholders, colleagues at other universities).
UWIScholar is all of the following: a. A searchable experts and research networking database; b. Provides access to scholarly works (including some full-text publications) of The UWI researchers; c. A resource which can be used for assessment and promotion; d. A centralised database of biodata and other information (research activities/interests, publications, projects) often required by funding agencies; e. Increased funding opportunities; f. Promotes research visibility.
No, not all profile information is made publicly available. Publicly available sections are: Bio Information (Contact Details, same information as available in The UWI staff directory), Research Interests, Research Activity, Public Service, Education and Training, Memberships and Social Media.
Setting up an account at UWIScholar is quite simple, here are the instructions:
UWIScholar supports all scholarly/research activity for print and non-print formats including blogs, books, book chapters, codes, conference proceedings, datasets, journal articles, manuals, theses, movieclips, news items, paintings, photographs, reports and videos. If you are engaged in any type of activity that is not listed please contact UWIScholar@sta.uwi.edu and we will add support for it.
You can add content to create a Scholar Profile by following these two steps: (1) Logging into your account (2) Adding data from your CV to build your Scholar Profile in the Scholar Module.
Once you have created a profile in UWIScholar, you may edit your profile information. Simply click on the ACTIONS or EDIT button, enter your changes and save. You will need to login to UWIScholar periodically and update information in all sections as needed.
Qualified staff at the Alma Jordan Library will review and validate content added to UWIScholar.
UWIScholar does not store full text, it provides the bibliographic information required to identify the work (in the Research Activity Field). If the full text for your work is available freely via open access this work will be made available in UWISpace (The UWI Institutional repository). For copyrighted works, if AJL receives the required copyright permissions the full-text of your work will also be made accessible via UWISpace. A URL will be provided in the citation record in UWIScholar linking to the full text of the deposited work in UWISpace.
For the majority of works, only the bibliographic information can be viewed via UWIScholar. However, in some cases (for example where copyright permissions have been obtained or the work is freely available via open access), links will be provided to the full-text of the work in UWISpace (The UWI institutional repository). Authors retain copyright of their work.