At, on the Top Menu of the page, you’ll see an activity feed,

activity log

a list of recent activity tailored toward your interests. Your feed shows activity across the network, but it will prioritize activity that corresponds to groups you are in, members you follow, and DOC deposits that are related to these groups and members. You can personalize your feed by joining more groups and by following members who share your research interests.

What’s in the Activity section of

An Activity page on can be accessed by clicking Activity in the main, top menu. On this page you’ll see a list of different types of site activity, including works deposited in DOCs,  and discussion topics added to groups. You can use filters to select specific types of content you want to see. One set of filters runs across the top of the page and allows you to see activity related to members you are following, groups you are in, or discussions and status updates you were mentioned in. activity

The second set of filters is a drop-down menu that allows you to look at activities by specific type: Updates, Posts, Comments, New Groups, Group Memberships, New Members, New Deposits, New Group Deposits, New Group Files, Group Files Edits, Topics, Replies, New Docs, Doc Edits, and Doc Comments. activity types

How can I edit my profile?

After logging in to, click on the image or icon in the top right-hand corner. This will take you to your profile page. Now, click Edit. From here you can update your institution, title, interests, Web sites, and additional profile fields.

A more detailed guide on editing your profile can be found here.

How do I upload a picture of myself to use on the site?

After logging in to, go to the icon at the top right of the page. This will take you to your profile; click on the image on this page to upload and replace it with a new one. For more information about editing your profile, read this guide.

What are “mentions,” and how are they used?

The @mention system links others to the hyperlinked profile of the individual mentioned while notifying the individual of the mention by e-mail. If you are in a group and want to reach out to specific members, simply put the @ symbol in front of their username to send a notification to their e-mail address, and the mention will show up in their @mention activity stream.

How do I reply to e-mail notifications?

To reply to an e-mail notification, click on the link supplied in the notification, log in to (if you’re not already logged in), and reply.

Who has access to

Most of the material on is public and can be read by anyone. Only members, however, can join private groups, participate in discussions, and publish on blogs.

How do I post an update?

When logged in, you can post brief status updates or announcements from the Activity page. Simply click on Activity in the dropdown menu at the top right-hand corner of the page. Type your update in the text box next to your photo, then click Post Update when finished. The post will be publicly visible in the activity stream. Your most recent update also appears in your portfolio.