In August 2016, Expert Lookup released four new features that make finding a scientific expert easier than ever.

August 2016

In August 2016, Expert Lookup released four new features that make finding a scientific expert easier than ever.

Within the Expert Lookup interface, you can now see how strongly related a given paper is to the Fingerprint engine keywords.

Expert Lookup interface

Stickiness of filters

Now you can apply filter revisions to current and future expert searches in the application. Filters can include things like country, h-indexes and journals. These can be adjusted to meet your needs, and the defaults can be saved, making Expert Lookup more customizable.

Granular filtering on conflict of interest

‘Conflict of interest’ is not a one size-fits-all term, which is why you can now choose what level (just direct, direct or one person in-between, or none) of co-authoring distance you want to filter for.  You can also now decide whether working at the same institution is considered a conflict of interest.up, and the system will identify proposals each Favorite expert is able to help with.

Fingerprint tweaking


(a) With the August release, you can now make a specific concept mandatory for a match when running a search for an expert.

Fingerprint tweaking

For example, with the above setting, the ‘Psychosine’ concept is mandatory under the Medical & Life science thesauri on a proposal Fingerprint page. When the system is identifying Scopus documents that match the proposal Fingerprint, Expert Lookup will make sure that each of the matched Scopus documents also has the ‘Psychosine’ concept under Medical & Life thesauri.

(b) With the August release, you can now also mark a specific concept  to not be included as a match when running a search for an expert.

Example: When searching for experts in the oncology field, you want to specifically exclude documents  that mention ‘Liver Cancer.’ You can add the concept of ‘Liver Cancer’ to the proposal Fingerprint and mark it as ‘Must not be on a matching document.’

For example, in the above screenshot, the ‘Oligodendroglia’ concept under Medicine & Life Science thesauri on a proposal fingerprint page. When the system is identifying Scopus documents that match the proposal Fingerprint, it will ensure that each of the matched Scopus documents do NOT have the ‘Oligodendroglia’ concept under Medicine & Life Science thesauri.

Other release features

  • Bulk exports of expert result set for multiple proposals within a workspace
  • Selection of favorite expert member’s document to use in matching process
  • Bulk export of experts to proposal matching results

New features in development and coming in next release

  • Support of multidisciplinary thesauri and ability to find multidisciplinary experts on proposals that are cross domain
  • Addition of the EmTree thesaurus

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