FAQ – Discovery-Service

Access & Registration


The Discovery Service is a publicly accessible view for profile pages of Gutenberg Research Elements. This allows you to present your research profile with publications, grants, professional activities and projects to a larger network of scientists outside the university and to make this information more easily accessible. Interested parties can also contact you via your profile.

JGU researchers in Gutenberg Research Elements who have set their profile to "public" can be found via a search function. This setting is possible in Gutenberg Research Elements and has been set by the users there. The search field is located in the middle of the start page or after a successful search above the hit list to start a new search. Here you have the possibility to search for subject areas or for names. Within the search, a free text search or a search by tags are available, which can be set via a field next to the search field. The time period specified for Subject Areas does not refer to publications that have been or will be published in that time period, but to the time period in which the research programs are running.

The Discovery Service is a public view of information from Gutenberg Research Elements.

There are several ways to access the Discovery Service. One way is to access the Discovery Service through Gutenberg Research Elements, which is useful for viewing your own profile, but also for viewing other profiles. This can be achieved as follows:

  1. Click on the menu in the upper left corner of Gutenberg Research Elements, which then opens.
  2. Click on the "Reporting" tab in the menu.
  3. Look in the category "Search".
  4. Click on the "Discovery Modules" link. It is the first link from the top in the "Search" category.
  5. Clicking on the "Discovery-Module" menu item will open the Discovery service home page in a new tab.
    However, the Discovery service can also be accessed via a path outside of Gutenberg Research Elements. For this, there is a link on the UB website that can be clicked on.
The Discovery service takes into account the Publications, Grants, Projects, and Professional Activities data areas from Gutenberg Research Elements. However, only profiles of researchers who have set their profile to "public" in Gutenberg Research Elements can be found.

Profile pages in Gutenberg Research Elements default to "internal" mode. This means that the profile page of a JGU researcher is not visible in the discovery service, but only in Gutenberg Research Elements. A change option exists in the direction of "private" and "public". The setting "private" means that only the user himself can view his data. The setting "public" releases the profile page for the discovery service, so that it can be viewed there and found by other researchers. Setting the profile page to "public" can be done as follows:

  1. Go to your profile page in Gutenberg Research Elements. You can do this by clicking on the people icon in the left margin.
  2. On the profile page, above the profile photo, there is a list indicating the visibility status of your profile page. It is possible to learn more about each visibility level or change the status here.
  3. To change the visibility status, click on "Switch to edit mode".
  4. In edit mode you will see which of the information you have provided is publicly visible in your profile, these are marked with "public" (e.g. phone number or email address, but also career information).
  5. To change the visibility, click on the "edit" button next to the respective information. Here you can change the information and set the visibility. Afterwards you have to save this ("save").
  6. Alternatively, you can set your entire profile page to "private" so that it is no longer visible. This can be set above the profile picture in edit mode on the right side (at the position of the link into edit mode). In this case, none of the profile page information will be displayed in the Discovery service.

Access & Registration

The Discovery Service can be accessed at the following link: https://researchprofiles.uni-mainz.de/

The profile page of a JGU researcher in the Discovery Service consists of five tabs: "About", "Publications", "Research" and "Professional" and "Teaching". The "About" tab is a view of the JGU researcher's personal information in Gutenberg Research Elements whose profile page is being viewed. This information represents biography, position at JGU, degrees, language skills, and subject areas. Videos can also be embedded in the profile page.The title of the video file will be displayed when you move the mouse cursor over the thumbnail.
On the left side is the name of the JGU researcher, their ORCID ID, phone number(s), mail address, work location, and link to social networks or a website. Publications are listed under "Publications", grants are listed under "Research", professional activities are listed under "Professional".

An entry of a publication in the discovery service shows publication type, title, publication date as well as co-authors. In addition, it is possible to read the full text there - if it is accessible via Open Access as a PDF.
If the full text of the publication is available in the Johannes Gutenberg University Open Access repository "Gutenberg Open Science", it can be viewed there. In Gutenberg Open Science you can also find information about publishing publications at the following link: https://openscience.ub.uni-mainz.de/help-faq.
If the publication is not available in "Gutenberg Open Science", it can still be viewed. Clicking on the DOI will take you to the full text entry of the publisher of the publication. If the JGU researcher has a license to access the full text, he or she can also view and download it.

Researchers using the discovery service are able to choose in a selection field how they want to sort the displayed publications on their profile page. The publications can be sorted alphabetically in ascending or descending order, by year of publication in ascending or descending order, or by publication type. The selection field according to which criterion the results should be sorted can be found above the publication list.
What information can be seen for Grants, Professional activities and Teaching activities?
The entries of the Grants show the respective title, the associated organization and the duration of the grant. The Professional activities entries show the title, the duration and the role of the JGU researcher. Teaching activities entries show the title of the activity or a summary of the activity.

This varies by category. If changes are made by researchers to their own profile page in Gutenberg Research Elements, it only takes a few minutes for these to be visible in the Discovery service. If details are made to entries of objects such as publications, it may take longer for these to be seen in the Discovery service. This can be up to a week.


In the Discovery Service, the profile pages of JGU researchers and their scientific work (Subject Areas) can currently be found.

In the Discovery-Service it is possible to search by the name of the JGU researcher, which can be found via the search slot. The search function can be set using a radio button located to the right of the search. There are two options. Either a free text search can be performed or a search can be performed using tags assigned by JGU researchers in Gutenberg Research Elements for their profile page. The tag-based search is particularly suitable for searching for the tags of the subject areas, in order to see which researchers are active in the searched areas and have published something. When searching for tags, similar tags are suggested and can be promoted by a click in the search field.

The hit list of a search for researchers at JGU can be sorted by relevance or by last name in ascending or descending alphabetical order.

If this information is provided in Gutenberg Research Elements, the Discovery Service will search the fields Name, Overview, Research Interests, Teaching Summary, by Subject Area tags, Mailing Address, Department, Publication Titles, and Grant Titles. However, it is only useful to search for names of researchers at JGU and subject area tags.

The search result of a person search shows an excerpt of the profile page. In this excerpt, if specified, a profile picture, the name of the researcher at JGU, an excerpt of the overview and the tags of the DFG systematics can be seen. If media are included in the profile page, they also appear in this excerpt and can be played, for example in the case of a video.

It is possible for the user of the discovery service to filter the hit list of a search in the discovery service according to the subject areas. On the left side, you can select which results are available for the subject areas and display or hide them with a click. In addition, results that lack this information can also be displayed.

For publications, the publication date, the co-authors of the publication, the publication location and the DOI are displayed.

It is possible via the entry of a publication to access it via the discovery service, provided that it is accessible via Open Access. This is possible in several ways:

  1. You can click directly on the PDF or on "View more info" to view the publication entry in the repository or
  2.  On the DOI, which also leads to the repository when clicked.
Clicking on a hit in the hit list will take you to the profile page of a researcher at JGU. In this view it is possible to see the publications, grants and professional activities (via the respective tabs), as well as the information about the JGU researcher (in the "About" tab).