Portal Connects UK to Industry, Global Research Community

Woman looks at Scholars at UK portal on computer screen with world map
Woman looks at Scholars at UK portal map on computer screen.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 13, 2022) — Today the University of Kentucky launches a new online portal, Scholars@UK, open to the public that will facilitate access to research expertise and innovation at Kentucky’s flagship land-grant institution. 

“Scholars@UK will allow the University of Kentucky to share with the world what we already know: UK scientists and scholars are moving their fields forward, asking the most challenging questions, making new discoveries and solving the toughest problems facing our state and the world,” said UK President Eli Capilouto.

Developed through a partnership between Elsevier Research Intelligence, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Research Analytics, and Research Information Services, Scholars@UK highlights the breadth and depth of research at UK through individual researcher profiles, network analysis, and direct access to research output and resources. 

Scholars@UK is the latest acquisition by UK Research. Elsevier’s analytic and research discovery tools SciVal and Scopus were implemented at UK in 2019 and complement state-of-the-art technology that taps into the vast global repository of research data using more than 20 databases. The knowledge suite also provides a showcase for UK’s leading research experts, world-class facilities and enhances the visibility of research outputs in all disciplines. Through Scholars@UK connectivity features, researchers can increase opportunities for collaboration within UK’s research ecosystem and with colleagues at other institutions around the world. 

Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis said, “With the rapid growth of sponsored research at the University of Kentucky, we want to communicate expertise and research success beyond the borders of our campus. This portal will highlight what we do at UK, and how the activity and efforts of our investigators connect to the global research community. This portal will allow researchers around the world and across different sectors of industry to find specific expertise and connect with UK scholars. Through Scholars@UK, we see the opportunity for users to discover new collaborators, develop fresh perspectives, and spark ideas for bold new research.”

Provost Robert DiPaola said, “The efforts of our faculty, staff and students make Kentucky an in-demand institution to perform innovative research. Scholars@UK is a new way to share this meaningful impact and demonstrate the vital role research plays in the university’s mission to improve the quality of life in Kentucky and beyond.” 

Businesses will be able to easily gain access to relevant areas of expertise, facilitating the transfer of technology to the marketplace, and creating opportunities to expand research. The publicly available, online portal will allow users to access information related to published research, literature reviews, grants and contracts, funding sources, intellectual property, and physical university assets such as core facilities and equipment.

About Scholars@UK

Scholars@UK is powered by Pure, a part of Elsevier's Research Intelligence portfolio, an offering of solutions that supports the three primary pillars of strategic research management workflow: enable research, conduct research, and share research. Pure connects with more than 20 global research databases and is not limited to only Elsevier products. Other solutions available at UK from Elsevier include Scopus and SciVal. 

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As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.