ResearchNow uses a 'fingerprint' mechanism to facilitate collaboration between researchers worldwide. A fingerprint is an index of terms visualised according to their weights and is built using the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine (Elsevier is the ResearchNow vendor). It analyses research output abstracts to define the fingerprint “concepts”, which become the key subjects of each individual researcher.
A fingerprint can be created for an individual researcher or for a college / other organisation unit and appears on the researcher or organisation unit profile on the ResearchNow Portal.
If you are a researcher, a set of fingerprints is automatically created for you based on the abstracts of your research outputs. You have the option to review these fingerprints and decide if you would like to sort them differently or remove them altogether. For instructions on this, refer to the Review and Omit Fingerprints from Your Profile quick reference guide.