If you can’t find your question in this list, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details about how the project was conceived and developed, see our information page and this editorial in Development.
1. Using the Node Network
What is the purpose of the Node Network?
The Node Network is designed to help you find developmental and stem cell biologists for professional purposes, for example to give talks, review papers or join panels. You can search and filter for members by geography, scientific expertise and aspects of diversity (such as gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+ status and disability status). We hope that the Node Network will serve as an aide to diversity and inclusivity, but it is not limited to that goal.
How do I access the Node Network? Why do I have to register?
To access the Node Network you need to register for the Node and indicate you want access on your profile page. This process is automatic – all you need is a valid email address. A registration step was put in to deter spammers and because the Node Network contains personal information (including information classified as sensitive/‘special category’ by European GDPR legislation).
I’m not interested in diversity – is the Node Network still for me?
The Node Network is for everyone! It is designed so that it can be used both exclusively based on science and with diversity in mind. Membership of the Network does not require you divulge any sensitive or diversity information. Indeed, we imagine that most users of the Node Network will be interested primarily in your scientific profile.
How do I use the Node Network?
The Network is a table of members sorted alphabetically by surname and showing their minimal information – click anywhere on the text to expand the member’s details and to reach the contact form. The Network is fully searchable, and also filterable on the basis of scientific field, model system, position, gender, and racial/ethnic, LGBTQ+ and disability status. Please see our Acceptable Use Policy for more information on appropriate use of the Network.
Can I download information from the Node Network?
No, all information is only available as the listing online. This is because we expect the Node Network to expand and change over time and we want to be sure that users only have access to the most up-to-date information.
How do I contact someone whose details I find in the Node Network?
Simply use the contact form – you will be asked to include a subject and a message. The member will receive an email containing this text and the sender’s email address (this is the email address associated with your Node account). Further correspondence will be independent of the Node Network.
I think someone’s details might be out of date – what should I do?
Email us at email@example.com and we will contact them directly to check.
2. Becoming a member of the Node Network
Why should I enter myself into the network? What’s in it for me?
If you want to be part of a global directory of researchers and are happy to be contacted by other researchers for scientific or professional purposes, the Node Network is for you. You might be someone’s ideal conference speaker, panel member, reviewer, or even collaborator – the idea behind the Network is to make you easier to find. You can consider it a way of promoting your profile and getting your name out there in the developmental biology and stem cell community.
Who can become a member of the Node Network and how do I sign up?
Anyone in the developmental biology and stem cell community, at any stage in their career, can become a member. To register you first need to register for an account on the Node, and then submit your details to the Network via your profile page. Your request will be dealt with manually, which may take a couple of days (we screen each entry in case of spam).
What information do I need to provide to become a member?
The mandatory information required for membership is name, institution, country of institution, scientific field, model system and position. Non-mandatory information includes additional scientific keywords, lab/personal webpage, Twitter handle, Google Scholar profile, as well as the following sensitive diversity information: gender, racial/ethnic group, LGBTQ+ and disability status.
You’re asking me to divulge sensitive information – why should I do this and how are you protecting my data?
Sensitive information is shared entirely voluntarily. We ask that you should only share sensitive information if you are happy to be contacted by registered users of the Network on the basis of this. We note that many respondents in our community survey indicated that they would want to share sensitive information for professional purposes, and we designed the Network to account for that.
Someone has contacted me maliciously or inappropriately: what should I do?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacting a member of the Node Network requires use of the contact form, and while we do not monitor these contacts, we will keep a record of them for 3 months in case of any reported problems. Only registered users can use the contact form, and they must agree to use the Network only for scientific/professional purposes. Any person not adhering to these terms and our other policies may be withdrawn from being able to access the Node Network and where necessary details may be passed on to the relevant authorities.
How will the Company of Biologists use my data? Will I now receive lots of marketing emails from you?
Your data will be used solely for inclusion in the Node Network and will not be used for marketing purposes. We will, however, need to email you with occasional service updates about the Node Network.
Employees of The Company of Biologists may use the Node Network in the same way as other users – to look for potential speakers, referees or authors of review-type articles. Where we contact you on the basis of information provided within the Node Network, we will let you know that this is our source of information.
How do I change or delete my details from the Node Network?
You can update your details at any time via your profile page. If you want to delete yourself from the Network, simply untick the box that says ‘I would like to enter myself into the Node Network’ in your profile page, and then save your profile. Your details will shortly be removed from the Network and from our systems. If you wish to join the Network once more, you will have to enter your details again.
I’m not a research scientist – can I join?
The Network is entirely inclusive, and so if you consider yourself part of the developmental biology and stem cell community, you are more than welcome to add yourself. While conceived primarily for researchers, the Network may develop as a useful tool to find other professions involved in the field: editors, writers, ethicists, philosophers, even artists!
3. Miscellaneous questions
Help – I’m having problems gaining access to or becoming a member of the Node Network!
We’re sorry you’re having trouble. Please just drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll try and resolve your issues as soon as possible.
I want to make a complaint about the Node Network – how do I do it?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your complaint as soon as we can.
The mobile site looks funny – help!
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