Scholars Tips

Looking for a way to make your Scholars@Duke profile shine? Check out these tips to make the most of your profile. Subscribe to our announcements if you would like Scholars Tips sent directly to your email each month.


  • Q3 2021

August: Profile Picture

September: Subject Headings

October 2021: Education / Training and Certifications

October 2021: Education / Training and Certifications

Please take a moment to review the accuracy of your Education, Training, and Certifications data located in the Background section of your Scholars@Duke profile. This information is extremely helpful to students and peers to understand your background and it provides a great way to identify other faculty, academic staff, and graduate students who may be from your alma mater.

What if my data is inaccurate?

If your Education and Training section needs to be revised or if any data is missing, let your power user know! Your power user will coordinate any necessary changes so that the correct information displays on your profile.

September 2021: Boost your Profile SEO with Subject Headings

Did you know that Subject Headings help others discover your profile through our search filters as well as internet search engines? Subject Headings describe your research and scholarly interests in a way that may not be reflected in grants, publications, artistic works, or other scholarship, and they also help you connect with others who have similar research interests.

Subject Headings in Scholars@Duke can be added from three vocabularies: the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings), and the custom Duke Subject Headings list. Try to add at least five descriptive Subject Headings so your Scholars profile can be found more easily by search engines.

Can’t Find a Specific Subject Heading?

Click “Request a Subject Heading” and follow the prompts, then the Scholars team will contact you when the term has been added to your profile.

August 2021: First Impressions Are The Most Lasting

As we prepare for the start of another academic year, consider giving your Scholars profile a fresh new look. Your profile picture is often the very first thing someone sees on your Scholars@Duke profile, so please take a moment to ensure you are leveraging your photo correctly to establish a friendly and professional first impression with your new students, patients, and peers. We’ve gathered five tips to help you select the perfect profile picture.  

5 Tips for a Perfect Profile Picture 

  1. Choose a photo that looks like you.

 Make sure your Scholars profile picture is up-to-date (within the past few years) and reflects how you look on a daily basis – your hair, glasses, makeup, etc.   

  1. Make sure your face takes up at least 60% of the frame.

Crop your picture from the top of your shoulders to just above your head so that your face fills the frame and shows off that pretty smile.

  1. Choose the right expression.

You want to appear warm and friendly. That way, viewers of your profile (i.e., potential collaborators, students, patients) will be able to imagine having a pleasant conversation with you.

  1. Wear what you’d wear to work.

Wear clothes that match the level of dressiness at your office. Also, note that solid colors tend to do best on camera.  

  1. Choose a background that isn’t distracting.

After you put all that effort into having the perfect expression, you don’t want anything to distract from your face. Keep the background simple so that you are the focal point.