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Scholar Profiles

Information on creating a Scholar Profile for current faculty and staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Access your Account

If you created your own Scholar Profile page, by default, your profile is visible to the public.  To access your account, you can either go to the URL that you created ([YOUR NAME]) and in the upper right hand corner, click on the three horizontal lines next to the word MENU and log into your account.  You can also go to and enter your email and password to access your account. 

If Heidi created your Scholar Profile page, by default, your profile is hidden to the public. To access your account, go to and log in with your email and password to access your account.  If you do not have an account yet, you can create one by doing the following: 

  1. Visit   
  2. Enter the email with which the account was created (your MNSU email address).
  3. Click “Forgot your password?”
  4. On the next screen, you will re-enter your email and click “reset.”
  5. You will receive an email that will allow you to reset (create) the password.  If you do not receive an email, just let me know and I will check with the vendor for you.
  6. Once you have reset your password, you should be able to go to the login link above in number 1 and use that password to see your page. 

You can decide if you want to hide your profile from the public to work on it or if you want to keep/make it visible. 

To change your profile from public to private (or vise versa), do the following: 

  1. Visit and log in with your email and password.
  2. In the upper right hand corner of your page, you should see your name, a picture/icon, and three horizontal lines.
  3. Click on the three horizontal lines. 
  4. Click on Account Settings. 
  5. Scroll down to the section marked Profile Visibility.
  6. Select "Hide my Profile" to make your profile hidden from the public.  OR Select "Make my profile public" to make your profile visible to the public. 

If you have questions about accessing your account or making your profile public or hidden, please email Heidi Southworth.   

Customize Your Scholar Profile

Top Level Customization

  1. After logging into your profile, at the top of the page you will see your name and title.  If you hover over your title or your name, you will see a Pencil icon – just click on the pencil and you can edit the text.  Enter your name and title how you would like them to appear.  You can also add your degrees. 

  2. After your name and title, you can also add in some introductory text describing yourself and your research. 

  3. You can also add a picture or yourself or an icon or other picture to represent your profile by hovering over the space to the left of your name/title and clicking on the icon that looks like a camera and uploading an image. 

Additional Customization

Moving down the page, you will see that your profile is split into two sections: Works and About.  You can add additional information to customize your Scholar Profile in these two sections. 

Works Section

  1. Add your scholarly and creative works to the works sections.  Works can be whatever you wish: articles, presentations, reports, artwork, etc.   
  2. To add a work, click on Add Work and select Add Metadata.   This will bring up a form that you can enter in the information about the work, such as Title, Abstract, Keywords, etc. 
  3. Your works can be grouped loosely by categories if you want. Some people like to group their works by type and some like to group them by topic.  It does not matter what you call your works – there are defaults (Research Works) that you can use or you can make up your own.  As you enter a work, towards the bottom of the form, you will see Display Categories and you can begin to enter the name of the category that you want.  As you type, you will also see suggestions that you can use.  
  4. You can also add an image for your works by adding an image to the Thumbnail found at the bottom of the form.  Thumbnails can be images like the first page of an article, the cover of the journal or book, or the first slide of a presentation. 
  5. When you have finished entering in the metadata about your work, click on Add to Profile to save it to your profile. 
  6. If you decide later that you would like to modify or change the Display Categories, you can click on Manage Categories, which is found towards the middle of the page above the works that you have added.  Here you can add new categories or modify existing ones.
  7. There are two views for your works: Cards (like this or a List (like this  Your works can be arranged in either format.  If you select the List View, your works will not display Thumbnail images that you may have added when you entered the metadata. To change the view of your works, in the upper right hand corner of your page, you will see your name, an icon picture and three horizontal lines.  Click on the three horizontal lines and select Account Settings.  Once in Account Settings, you can scroll down to Works Display to change the view. 

About Section

This section is all about you and your accomplishments.  What you enter here is up to you.  You can add as much or as little as you want to the following sections. 

  1. Positions = Add your academic positions that you have held.  Please make sure that you do not delete the one that says Minnesota State University, Mankato.  This is how it links you to the Scholar Profile Gallery, which lists all of the profiles that we have created and the Experts Gallery.  
  2. Curriculum Vitae = Add your CV. 
  3. Disciplines =  These are the 3 disciplines that you chose when you created the profile.  If you did not select three disciplines, you can choose three from the list.  The complete list can be found here.    
  4. Research Interests = Add keywords to describe your research interests.    
  5. Grants = Information on grants you have received
  6. Professional Service and Affiliations = memberships, committees, service, etc.
  7. Honors and Awards = national/international recognition, or awards
  8. Courses = course that you teach
  9. Education = your educational background
  10. Links = add links to other pages, blogs, profiles, etc.  Note that at the bottom of the page, there are icons where you can add links to specific accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ profiles. 
  11. Contact information = Add your email, office location, phone number, etc. 
  12. OrcID = add your OrcID (information at

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