ResearchNow Pilot Starting in May

ResearchNow is the University’s new system for research management, and for promoting the excellence of Flinders researchers and research. DRS is collaborating with Research Development & Support and The Library to roll out the system through 2019.  

ResearchNow will replace the University’s legacy systems, ResearchMaster and RePortal 

The new system is based on the Elsevier ‘Pure’ product and will be used by all researchers, Research Development and Support, College Research Support Teams, and The Library.  

The Pilot 

The Pilot is a limited test of the system focussing on publication harvesting and validation, and researcher profiles. It will be used to help improve the quality of the system. 

The Pilot has been booked to run as 4 sessions throughout May 2019, involving around 25 researchers with participation from all Colleges, research support staff (from RDS and Colleges) and The Library. 

The sessions will be guided exploration of ResearchNow using scripted scenarios covering the following: 

  • Personalising aspects of the user interface to your preference.  
  • Enhancing a researcher profile.  
  • Finding information about existing and potential collaborators.  
  • Claiming publications.  
  • Manually entering publications into the system.  
  • Automatically harvesting publications.  
  • Validating and verifying publications.  
  • Running reports. 

After Each Session 

DRS will collate and review feedback from the session and use that to inform re-configuration of the system and user interface, research management processes, and training materials.  

We’ll also add common questions asked to a ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) list that will be made available in subsequent sessions of the Pilot. 

At the End of the Pilot 

We’ll collate and review feedback from all sessions and use that to make final changes to the system, user interface, processes, and training materials.  

We’ll also review ‘lessons learned’ to inform how we can encourage and enable faster and easier adoption of the new system once it’s released. 

All this information will be used to inform a planned launch of ResearchNow for the College of Science & Engineering in July 2019.  

Assuming a successful launch for the College of Science & Engineering, ResearchNow will be released to the entire University in late July 2019. 

Find Out More 

If you’d like to find out more information about ResearchNow or the Pilot, you can refer to the project webpage, or contact the Associate Director of DRS, Sally Wheldrake. 

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