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Research With Montclair FAQ

Research With Montclair was launched in January 2019. Please let us know how we can help in any way. You may email questions, comments, suggestions to:

General Questions

What is Research with Montclair?

Research with Montclair is a public, searchable system of record of research at Montclair State University. Designed to foster collaborations with Montclair State University scholars in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Research with Montclair aims to advance collaboration, discovery and innovation by helping to connect our researchers not only across disciplines, but across institutions, government and industry.
Our portal enables you to review the profiles and research of hundreds of Montclair State faculty in STEM-related fields.

How do I get to Research with Montclair?

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Who is included in this system?

Per the school’s maintenance contract with the State of New Jersey and Elsevier, currently only Researchers in STEM-related fields are included. Research profiles are based on publication data fed directly from Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature primarily focused on journal publications in the biological, medical, physical, social, and engineering sciences.

What is Research with New Jersey ( is an online gateway that allows New Jersey’s entrepreneurs and commercial enterprises identify experts, facilities, publications, intellectual property, news, and events in six of the state’s universities: Montclair State University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rowan University. The portal showcases New Jersey’s experts in STEM-related fields, including their professional backgrounds, publications, and achievements.

The objective of is to forge collaborative partnerships between academia and the private sector, which in turn may lead to exciting new businesses and products based on the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs. It is more than just a place to get information: it is a dynamic community of collaborative networks and news about the New Jersey’s unique culture of innovation. The database is also supported by six of New Jersey’s leading business and industry organizations: the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Choose NJ, Bio NJ, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Tech Council.

What is the difference between Research with Montclair and serves to increase innovation exchange, establish greater collaboration between academia and industry, aid universities in managing their research enterprise, and help to market New Jersey as a center of innovation.

Each of the six participating universities on has its own portal with information that can be found through the statewide site. Research with Montclair is our university-specific version of the database and will only return Montclair State’s results for a search query, rather than results from all six universities. The goal of Research with Montclair is to showcase our research experts and facilities, enhance the visibility of our research output, and increase opportunities for collaboration.

What type of system powers Research with Montclair?

Research with Montclair is powered by Pure, an enterprise research management solution that aggregates an organization’s research information from numerous internal and external sources onto a single platform. Pure can connect and group multiple forms of data. Pure is a product built and maintained by Elsevier, a global information analytics company.

How do I search the database?

Research with Montclair allows users to search the database in several ways.

Search by Person
First, one can search for experts under the “Profiles” tab. Profile outputs provide basic information about an expert, such as the universities and institutions they are affiliated with, as well as the disciplines and sub-disciplines within their expertise. The “fingerprint” of disciplines and sub-disciplines is based on mining the text of a scholar’s scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms. The “donut” icons next to each fingerprint reveal the weighted rank of each subject across the expert’s publications. You can also scroll down to the “network” section of the page to see how an expert is connected to other researchers. (You can also see this information under the “Network” tab on each profile.) The visual network display reveals the extent to which research collaboration has occurred across disciplines and regions of the world. At the bottom of the page, a list of the selected expert’s publications (referred to as “Research Outputs”) appear, which in turn (via click) lead to individual abstracts.
Search by University
A second way to search the database is by “Research Units,” which refers to Montclair State’s departments, institutes, and centers. By clicking on a specific research unit, one is able to use the top header row tabs to view an overview of the expert profiles, research output (publications), and fingerprint associated with that research unit.
Search by Publications
A third way to search the database is by “Research Output.” This allows users to search for a range of publications by keywords, phrases, concepts, free text, and various filters. Users will be able to further evaluate their search results by reviewing the weights under each fingerprint associated with a particular Research Output.

How is Research with Montclair different from our Institutional Repository, Montclair State University Digital Commons?

Montclair State University Digital Commons serves as our institutional repository where we permanently house scholarly research papers as well as theses, dissertations, media, archival documents, journals, events, conferences, etc. The repository will always be the one place where our University can showcase and promote all of its scholarly and research outputs for all disciplines to ensure great visibility and impact.  As part of the partnership with, Research with Montclair is the system of record which houses faculty research in STEM-related fields and is populated using Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Both platforms are focused on promoting the expertise and experts of Montclair State ensuring connections and collaborations can be made.

Do I need to upload my scholarly activity into both Research with Montclair and Montclair State University Digital Commons?

In a nutshell – no.

Elsevier, the parent company of both platforms, has begun integration between both and is currently in beta period testing mode to allow a seamless integration into the Digital Commons upload workflow and the Pure reporting workflow. The Beta v.1 release will move content from Pure to the institutional repository. Beta v.2, which should be launched in Spring 2019, will move content from the institutional repository to PURE. The integration between Pure and Digital Commons ensures that there can always be consistency in what is being represented in either location.  It will also ensure that the showcasing of Montclair State University as an institution, and the expertise it possesses, is maximized.

Therefore, we ask that you keep uploading your scholarly activity into Montclair State University Digital Commons. Since the information being uploaded into Research with Montclair is harvested using Scopus, you do not need to upload anything into Research with Montclair at the current time.
If you have questions regarding our Institutional Repository, Montclair State University Digital Commons please email us at:

Who can I contact to learn more about Research with Montclair?

If you would like more information about Research with Montclair or if you need technical assistance accessing the system, please contact

Questions for Researchers

How do I change my faculty profile or the profile of a research unit (department, center or institute)?

At this time, there is no self-serve access to change profile information. Please email us at and we will be happy to work with you!

I’m currently not included in Research with Montclair. How can I be added?

Per the University’s maintenance contract with the State of New Jersey and Elsevier, currently only Researchers in STEM-related fields are included. Because the software uses the text of publications to identify expertise, a STEM-related researcher who is not listed in Scopus will not benefit.

What is Scopus?

Scopus is Elsevier’s abstract and citation database launched in 2004. It is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings, covering research topics across all scientific and technical disciplines, ranging from medicine and social sciences to arts and humanities.

Why is my recent publication not listed in my profile?

To be included automatically in your profile, a publication must be visible in Scopus. From the time a publication becomes visible in Scopus, it may take up to 2-4 weeks before the publication shows up in a profile. Occasionally a journal is not covered by Scopus.

How are the tags under my profile determined?

The tags are determined by Elsevier’s Fingerprint Engine. Elsevier provides the Pure platform to power this project. A fingerprint is based on mining the text of a scholar’s scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms.

  • A back-end software system, the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine, mines the text of scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, i.e., the Fingerprint™ visualization.
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques are used to mine the text of scientific documents.
  • Key concepts that define the text are identified in discipline specific thesauri.

Who can see this information in the research portal?

Research with Montclair is a publicly available website, designed to make your research more visible to potential collaborators.

How often is this information updated?

Publication information from Elsevier’s Scopus database is updated weekly and automatically via a data import, as is much of the basic information provided by Montclair State University. Major updates to the profiles are done manually three times per year using the platform’s Profile Refinement Service.

Contact Us

If you have further questions regarding Research with Montclair please email us at:

If you have questions regarding our Institutional Repository, Montclair State University Digital Commons, please email us at: