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Who can sign up to piirus.ac.uk?

piirus.ac.uk is open to all researchers at any stage of their career. Our members are based in academic institutions, research centres, industry or working independently. We have a growing number of members who have joined piirus.ac.uk when they are on or returning from career breaks and many people who support research and researchers. Our growing community of members are from all over the world enabling truly global connections and collaboration.

Who runs piirus.ac.uk?

piirus.ac.uk is a sister service to jobs.ac.uk. Both are businesses managed by the University of Warwick.

Is there a charge for membership?

Membership of piirus.ac.uk is free.

How can I edit my profile?

On your dashboard you will see a brief version of your profile. Click ‘Edit profile’ underneath this to make changes to your profile. Changes are immediate.

Can I delete my profile?

On your dashboard you will see a brief version of your profile. Click ‘Edit profile’ underneath this. In the Click ‘Edit profile’ page you will see a link to delete your profile at the bottom of this page. Deleting your profile will remove all of your information from piirus.ac.uk. If you delete your profile and then wish to re-join piirus.ac.uk later, you will need to sign up again as a new user.

Can I hide my profile?

If you would like to temporarily hide your profile from search then you can do this by editing your profile. On your dashboard you will see your photo. Click this to open ‘My profile’. Click ‘Edit profile’ and tick the box marked ‘Hide my profile from other piirus.ac.uk users’. You can change this at any time.

You can enter any search term you want. The search will auto-suggest a list of keywords based on what you type, but you can also enter free text, or search by name.

piirus.ac.uk will then look for researchers who have:

  • matching, or partially matching, keywords in their profile
  • synonyms for those keywords in their profile (e.g. alternative spellings or acronyms)
  • related keywords in their profile (e.g. ”Religious Architecture“ is related to “Churches”)
  • matching, or partially matching text in their profile summary or research summary
  • matching, or partially matching text in their name

Based on all of these, piirus.ac.uk will then display a list of matching researchers. Not finding what you want? Contact us at hello@piirus.ac.uk

How can I combine multiple searches?

You can combine multiple searches in the following ways:

OR

To search for researchers whose profiles contain either "Medical physics" or "Physics", just type the two terms, or use OR: "Medical physics" Physics or "Medical physics" OR Physics

AND

To search for researchers whose profiles contain both search terms "Medical physics" and "Physics" use AND: "Medical physics" AND Physics

+

Use "+" before a word that must appear in a researcher’s profile along with another word that may appear. To search for researchers whose profiles contain "Semiconductors" and may contain "Physics" use the query: +Semiconductors Physics

NOT

To search for researchers whose profiles contain one search term "Social history" but not another "Germany" use NOT: "Social history" NOT Germany

()

You can use brackets to carry out more complex searches. To search for researchers whose profiles contain the search term 'History' and either "America" or "USA" use the query: (America OR USA) AND History

Can I use wildcards when searching?

You can use wildcard searches within single words.

Use the "?" symbol to replace a single character. For example, to search for "text" or "test" you can use the search:

te?t

Use the "*" symbol to replace 0 or more characters. For example, to search for "research", "researching" or "researcher", you can use the search:

research*

Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol at the beginning of a search.

How do I add a researcher to ‘My favourites’?

Clicking the star icon next to a person’s name will add them to the ‘My favourites’ section of your dashboard. Click the star icon again to remove a person from ‘My favourites’.

How do I contact a researcher I’ve found through piirus.ac.uk?

Click the envelope icon on their profile to send them an email. Here are some tips to optimise your email.

  • You can edit the email text and subject.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Tell them why you are contacting them. For example, are you interested in finding out more about their work? Are you looking for someone with expertise in a particular area to collaborate on a project? Are you setting up a network of researchers?
  • A link to your profile is included, so they can view your profile.
  • Their reply will be sent to the email address you provided when you joined.

I’ve contacted someone by email through piirus.ac.uk. Where will I see their reply?

When you click the envelope icon and send someone an email, the ‘Reply-to’ address is set to the email address you have given in your profile so replies will be sent to your email address. You do not need to log in to piirus.ac.uk in order to see their reply.

Is my information safe?

We take the safety of your information very seriously. Your information is held securely and in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998.