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If you were part of the ACS Network prior to our July 22nd migration and upgrade, you may remember that your profile had tabs to contain information about your Education, Experience, Publications, ACS Activities and Links.  In migrating, you ACS Activities is now listed in your profile (as a single field).


Your Education, Experience, and Publications have been recreated in a way that make them a hybrid of social content. This means that they are taggable and searchable, but we decided not to make them commentable. Tabs for them appear separate from your 'profile' and they also appear under "Your Stuff". (click on image to enlarge)



Because this is social content, your changes to this type of content may appear on certain pages including the  "Recent Activity" section on your main profile page.




The Education and Publication entries have more fields to help better describe your research.  In Education, there is a description field and in Publcations, there is a field for an abstract. In addition, you may now link coauthors to your publications with other ACS Network users.  When entering a publication, enter their name, and your coauthor can either approve or reject your request to be listed as a coauthor. As a coauthor, the publication will appear associated with both users.


Now some of you folks have a large number of publications and entering them into the Network one at a time is not something you want to do. If you already have a CV prepared as a downloadable document, here is what I suggest you do.

  • Upload your CV into "My Documents". This means the document is associated with you and not any forum or group.
  • Copy the URL
  • Create a publication called "My CV" or something like that.
  • Enter the URL in either the citation information and/or the Address (URL) fields. You might also describe the CV. An example might be "Analytical Chemist with more than 25 patents and 75 publications and 80 presentations."
  • Then you could move it up to the top of your list

You could also do something similar in the education field if you wanted as well.


We realize that this isn't idea.. but we think it is a pretty good solution as the bulk of a CV is usually publication information  There isn't a right or wrong here, so we would love to hear if folks have found other ways to promote themselves.

So now that you are on the ACS Network, let's talk about the features which help you promote yourself.


As I mentioned in a previous post, you can access your profile page by clicking on your name that appears under the ACS logo in the upper left.

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You can always access your profile from this link wherever you are in the ACS Network.


Once you get to your profile, you may see a line of text underneath your name.


If you have never updated it, it will say "Let others know what you you're up to".  If you click on that text, it will give you a box where you type in your current status.


So what good is this? Well, you might want to include something that says "I'm at the ACS National Meeting" or "I'm working on an NSF Grant"  or "I'm looking for ...(insert item)".  This little update can be something that starts a conversation or a connection and that's what the Network is all about.


In addition, to your status updates, there is a wealth of information that you can present in your profile to help connect with others.  The information now listed in your profile (proper) include your location,  your years of experience, your career stage, area of expertise, profile summer (interests, etc.) and if you are an ACS Member, your local section and technical division membership. Some of this information is automatically populated through your ACS record, and others are things you should consider entering. Remember the Actions box has a link to edit your profile, and there is box above it to change your ACS record.


Finally, the Actions box also contains a link to editing your profile photo and avatar (the image that appears beside your social content).  You can upload up to four profile pictures and you may create (but only use) one avatar.  The interface will allow you upload and crop your photo as you choose.  And yes, I will be uploading my profile picture soon.


Your status update, your profile picture, your name, and city, state, and country are visible to anyone, but the remainder of the information is only visible to other ACS Network members.  This means that this basic profile may appear on search engines, e.g. Google.


I think this is a good start on information about your profile. I'll go into more depth into promoting yourself in my next blog post.

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