Q:  What is KNODE?

A:  KNODE Search® ( is a Cloud-based tool which provides a comprehensive view of life sciences experts and their scientific content – publications, patents, grants, clinical trials, etc. The KNODE system automatically aggregates scientific content from publically available databases into individual researcher expertise profiles. Integrating high quality, expert scientific content is the foundation of KNODE. For a brief product overview, take our 60-second tour.

Q:  What are the public data sources used by KNODE?

A:  KNODE indexes information from U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including:

Q:  What are some applications of KNODE Search?

A:  There are a wide variety of use cases, such as:

Q:  Why didn’t KNODE find every piece of content an author has published?

A:  Content items are assigned to expert profiles by automated processes that favor accuracy over completeness as a basis for determining expertise.

Q:  Can a researcher edit content included in their KNODE Profile?

A:  Yes. Register for a free user account. After activation you will be able to claim your profile, review and edit your information and respective scientific content. Click the “Claim this profile” button. Any discrepancies with your profile can be reported to KNODE using the “Report an Issue” links or by sending a message to Please note that the system-generated version of your profile will remain in KNODE, as these profiles are aggregated on an ongoing basis.

Q:  Can I edit the expertise “tag cloud” in my Profile?

A:  Tag clouds are derived by algorithms that examine each author’s entire list of publications, patents, and other scientific content. Claiming and editing your profile isn’t necessary, but ensures the highest level of accuracy for this process. To suggest additional keyword topics or phrases, enter them in the “Professional Interests” field in your profile. In the future, KNODE will start to take those into consideration as part of our automated processes.

Q:  How often is information in the system updated?

A:  KNODE automatically generates and updates expert profiles on a regular basis to include recent content, eliminating the requirement for manual editing.

Q:  Why didn’t I immediately find a person when I typed their name into the KNODE Search box?

A:  When KNODE does a general search, it looks at a variety of data fields: expertise tags, abstracts, affiliations, names, co-authors, keywords, etc. When the term is strongly biomedical (i.e., right out of tag clouds), search results will return the top experts with the strongest expertise profile using KNODE algorithms. In the case of a person or location name, KNODE must consider the possible meanings (e.g., is “white” a color, a last name, part of the phrase like “white matter”), so search results will be mixed and the order of the results won’t be based entirely on expertise terms. If you are searching for a specific researcher, select “Expert name” next to the KNODE search box.

Q:  Why would an academic institution partner with KNODE?

University and other research institutions have partnered with KNODE Inc. to provide access for faculty, staff, and affiliates to the KNODE knowledge base. KNODE can also create a “portal of researchers,” as a showcase of the most relevant experts inside your organization, along with their associated scientific content.

Q:  I’ve got some suggestions for the KNODE expertise platform. Who should I contact?

A:  Suggestions, other feedback, and further questions can be sent directly to KNODE at

Q:  Where can I find out more about KNODE?

A:  For additional information about  KNODE, please see the online help or visit