Focus on Elements data used by Research@Oxford

The majority of the Elements data used by Research@Oxford is quite self-explanatory and includes data from your Elements Profile, Publications, Grants, and Professional Activities.

The sections below outline in more detail the Elements data displayed by Research@Oxford and the data used by its search function.

The table below shows Elements profile fields and their corresponding location in Research@Oxford.


Elements profile field Research@Oxford location
Additional email addresses Profile card (left sidebar)
Phone numbers Profile card (left sidebar)
About > Overview About tab > Bio
About > Research interests Research tab > Research interests
Labels > Fields of Research (2008) About tab > Research Field and filter on search results
Labels > Geographic Focus About tab > Geographic Focus and filter on search results
Labels > Availability About tab > Availability and filter on search results
Labels > UN Sustainable Development Goals * About tab > UN Sustainable Development Goals and filter on search results
Labels > MeSH ** About tab > Subject Headings (MeSH and filter on search results
Experience > Oxford appointments About tab > University of Oxford appointments
Experience > Academic appointments About tab > Academic positions
Experience > Non-academic employment About tab > Non-academic positions
Education > Degrees About tab > Degrees
Education > Certifications About tab > Certifications
Education > Postgraduate training About tab > Postgraduate training
Language competencies About tab > Languages
Mailing addresses Profile card (left sidebar)
Web addresses and social media Profile card (left sidebar)
Media, Videos Profile card (left sidebar), and About tab > Media


* The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked objectives designed to serve as a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future".

** The Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus is a controlled and hierarchically-organized vocabulary produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Research@Oxford offers you two search options

  • Free text search, or
  • Tag based search


For a free text search, people are returned by 'relevance' using an algorithm based on matching the search term and the frequency of its occurrence in the following fields:

  • Name/Preferred name (and "Known as")
  • Department
  • Mailing Address(es)
  • Publication titles
  • Grant titles
  • Matching text in the Overview section of the Elements profile
  • Matching text in the Research Interests section of the Elements profile
  • All labels on the Elements profile; fields of research, geographic focus etc.

A score is returned from the algorithm which determines the order of results. Equivalently scored results (unlikely) will then be sorted thereafter in alphabetical name order (Lastname A-Z, Firstname A-Z)


For a tag based search, any people who have the matching Field of Research label will be returned and sorted in alphabetical name order (Lastname A-Z, Firstname A-Z). The same is true for multiple tags.