I wanted to write this brief clarification in relation the Researcher Profiles page, as I have had a few queries in relation to the layout and content of the page.
In relation to the layout, a consistent question I have faced is: ‘Why is a differentiation made between UK based academics and International Academics?’
The simple answer is that the majority of the academics on the site are currently from the UK (more than all the other countries combined) and that is why UK was specified independently. Should there come a time, when there are a significant number of academics from another country, that country would also then be listed separately. It is hoped that by the end of this calendar year, at the very least all the academics would be split up according to their respective continents.
Many may then pose the question, ‘Why split them up in such a manner in the first place?’
Well, the academics have been categorised in such a manner to preempt the new features that will be added to the site, which are principally concerned with providing a platform for aspiring corpus linguists, who are looking to pursue PhDs. Many international students who receive PhD scholarships can be restricted by their home institution in relation to which countries/institutions they are able to apply to. For example, in Saudi Arabia, where I am currently working, prospective PhD Students are given scholarships to pursue their PhD abroad. However, these scholarships are restricted at certain times to specific countries/continents based on the visa quotas specified by the Ministry of Education. Additionally, the university they are applying to should be on the Ministry of Education’s list of approved universities. Therefore, if they are able to browse potential supervisors by regions/institutions, this could may the task of identifying a suitable university less burdensome.
Another question that has been asked both directly and indirectly is in relation to the ordering of the profiles. (i.e. ‘Are academics listed towards the beginning considered to be more prominent or important than those listed later?’)
To be very honest, the profiles were entered onto the site sporadically and there is currently no logical order to the listing of the profiles. However, over the course of this week, I will rearrange the profiles, so that they are listed in alphabetical order according to the institutional name. Academics belonging to the same institution will then be ordered alphabetically according to their family name (surname).
Others have also queried, ‘Why do some profile show an institution’s actual logo and other’s only show a text-based logo of the institution’s name?’
I am currently using a wordpress plugin to create the profiles and for some reason even after resizing certain logos according to the plugins recommended dimensions, it still misaligns them and then you end up with a situation where the next researcher or the researcher below is shown on the line below.
I will be writing a separate blog post in the coming days in relation to the ‘research students’ category. I will explain why I believe this will become an extremely valuable resource for all research students and why they should all participate in putting their details forward, even if they have yet to publish anything.
In relation to the ‘Independent Scholars’ category, this is pretty much a section that encompasses all other individuals, who do not have a current university affiliation.
I hope this post has helped in clarifying the format of the ‘researcher profiles’ page. I welcome you all to email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any further suggestions to improve this page or any other areas of the website.