How to use this site

Please Note: To make the best use of Hypertope and Biblio section we strongly recommend that you install web browser & zotero. (For a brief video tour of zotero click here). Give it a test ride - and if you find something better please let us know, and we will adjust Hypertope functionalities accordinly.


Step 1 - Create an Account

After you receive your invitation you may create your user account by entering your real name, e-mail address and password of your choice. For all practical purposes of making the best use of this site it is recommended that you use your real name. Capital letters and spaces are allowed. Your personal blog address will be at Spaces will automatically be converted into "-" hyphens. Your e-mail address will also be used as your login name in the future when you want to log back into hypertope. Note: we will not pass your e-mail to any third party. Your e-mail address will not be visible anywhere on this website (unless you or someone else manually writes it inside content). Your e-mail address won't be visible even when someone contacts you directly using your personal "E-mail" form. There are strong meatuses in place to make sure that spambots cannot detect your e-mail. You may choose your password as you wish. Should you forget your password in the future, you can always click "Request a new password" tab on your login page, and a new password will be automatically e-mailed to the address that you provided. You can always change your password, e-mail address, "real name" as well as any other account settings by clicking "My account" in navigation menu on your left.

Step 2 - Configure your profile

After you create your account you will be taken to your "Edit >> My Profile" page, where you can add more information about yourself. Please note that we do not ask you to submit any more basic information than what already appears on usual academic staff pages. We do not ask you to submit your postcode, zipcode, telephone, date of birth, home address, and we strongly advise that you don't post any of that kind of personal information anywhere within hypertope content. You can always change the fields in your profile later on by clicking My account >> Edit >> My Profile. You will notice that some of the fields have a little circle on the right. As you start typing, this functionality will lookup the directory and if that entry already exists it will bring you the name to autocomplete. It is recommended not to type too fast in fileds with a circle. Each of the fields that your submit will become an automated hyperlink through which you will be able to find other users who share the same value as that link. For instance if in your Research Interests you write "Post-Marxism", when you visit your profile page you will notice that the term "Post-Marxism" is displayed as a hyperlink. If you click it, you will be able to immediately see all users whose research interests include "Post-Marxism". It is recommended that you browse through some of the profile pages to get a feel of how people choose to list their research interests. Please follow the guidelines provided and separate each entry with a comma. It is generally better to write just "Bakunin" rather than "Michael Bakunin" or "Political thought of Mikhail Bakunin". It is recommended that you use combination of short keywords rather than elaborate phrases. It is also recommended that unlike on university staff pages, you list as many research interest keywords as possible. In the last field you can list your publications. You can copy the text from a Word-document and simply paste it by pressing button. You can also link your publications to Biblio repository in few simple steps:

  1. Go to "Biblio Repository" and click "Add to Biblio". Sellect the type of publication (Book, Journal Article, etc) and enter the bibliographic data. You can also paste the full text, but you should do this only if it is your own publication and only if your copyright agreement allows you to diseminate your publication electronically. Click "Submit"
  2. Copy the URL address of the biblio entry that you 've just created.
  3. Back on your Publications list, simply highlight the title of your publication and click button. A small pop-up window will appear. Simply paste (Ctrl+V) the URL address of your biblio entry where it says "URL link". Click "Insert".


I have created my account. Now what???

You can put your photo on your profile page - it generally helps networking because others can immediately "put a face next to a name". To upload your photo go to My account >> EDIT >> Account settings , scroll down, and after you've uploaded your picture scroll down and click Submit.

You can enter a free text describing the nature of your research. The text that you enter will appear on your profile page. To do this, click on "About me" tab. After you've entered your text don't forget to click the "Submit" button at the bottom, or else the changes won't take effect.

You can always change your profile fields clicking EDIT >> My Profile. You can also add your publications (EDIT >> My_Publications) or any other additional information (EDIT >> Other info)


How do I start making contacts?

There are ceveral ways in which you can do this. For a start you can click on any of the links on your profile page. For instance you can click on your university

Now that your profile is configured, you can simply click on any of your Research Interests and find other people sharing that particular research field. (You might already know some of the people you see). The same applies for any other link on your profile page (like your University, Department etc).

A more systematic way of searching for people is to use the Search & Filter functionality. Click on "People" in the main menu above. You will notice that there is a Search & Filter bar on top of this directory. In the first "Search Names" box you can search for real name of a person that you are looking for. The other boxes are filters (Research interests, Discipline, University, Department and Country) and you can filter the results by using a combination of these filters. For example, you wish to find all people who are interested in Existentialism in Keele University. To do this just enter "existentialism" in Research Interests keywords and "Keele" in University, and press Enter (or the Submit button).

Or , for instance you want to find all people on hypertope who are from the Department of Government at the University of Essex. Simply enter "Essex" in University and "Government" in Department.

If you don't find particular persons who are not on hypertope and you know their e-mail address, then you can always invite them.

Once you find people you know you can go to their profile page and at the bottom of the page you will see a link "Add to my contact list". And that's how you add people to your contact list.

You can later manage and categorize your contacts by clicking "My Contacts" on your personal navigation block on your left handside.

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Inviting new members to join

After the promotional period is over, Joining Hypertope will be by invitation only. If you cannot find any of your colleagues you may wish to invite them to join. You can do this by either writing her/his e-mail address inside the block on the left handside, or by clicking "People" >> "Invite my colleagues" in the main menu.


Research Groups

Groups feature on Hypertope is a powerful way of organising a research groups or any other types of groups and allowing users to keep track with the latest developments in their research fields. You can see the list of all research groups by clicking "Research groups". You can view each group's website (unless it is set as a "private" group). You may join the group by clicking "Subscribe" or "Request subscription" (depending on the settings that that group's administrators chose). If you wish to receive updates from your groups by e-mail you should do that from you settings page by clicking "My Account". You can also start your own group, and configure it accordingly. You can also invite new members to join your group and if you are not the actual administrator of that research group, you can always grant "Admin" permissions to that person(s) when he/she joins in. Groups can also have their own calendars of Upcoming events (which also automatically promote that event in the general pool of all upcoming events calendar. See below.) Groups can also have their own forum. Every time that you or any other member of a group makes an entry you or he/she can choose the Audience. Your entries will be "public" by default, but you can also specify that that that content is channeled to the group(s) that you subscribe to (if, of course, that content type is allowed within that group. For instance some group administrators may choose not to have wiki pages).


Upcoming events

When you click on Upcoming events in the main menu you will see ALL upcoming events for the next 2 months. You can then filter the list of upcoming events by Discipline or Research Field. Another way of searching for particular upcoming events is by typing inside the search box and sellecting "Event" Users can also add new events to the calendar independently or as a group event. Clicking the little red icon at the bottom will download that event to your iCalendar, which you can later see in your Outlook calendar or any other such program.


Biblio Repository

Biblio Repository is a flexible and multifunctional project that can be used in various ways.

  • You can use it as a repository of bibliographic database, which you can contribute to as well as download from (using Endnote, Zotero and many other types of bibliography managing programs).
  • It can also be used as an Open Repository of academic texts. Anyone is free to contribute. Here you can upload your conference papers, draft papers and even published articles and even your PhD theses if you want broader audiences to read them (NOTE: you should check with your journal to see whether you retain the right to freely distribute your own article. If you don't then you should probably look for another publisher. About 90% of journals these days give this right to the original author).
  • You can later add a link to your publications in your profile page where you list you publications by pressing the button.
  • You can also upload full texts of books (but please make sure that the copyright on them has ran out). Please also note that files larger than 2MB will be automatically rejected. (Disclaimer: the owners of the website cannot be held liable for the content that is being added by the users of this site.)


My Blog

Blogs (web-logs) are powerful forms of content management systems that allow easy self-publishing and keeping up to date with latest developments in one's area of interest. Every user on Hypertope get's her/his own blog. What you use your blog for is entirely up to you. As blogs are becoming increasingly popular with academics one may often find research blogs publishing their daily research notes, draft papers and other research material in blog format.

Every good academic or a PhD student is in a habbit of writing at least something toward his/her research. Over the years this accumulates into many-many megabites of information and research that is never seen by anybody, and is most probably forgotten by the author himself. So what if there was a system that would allow for an instant publication of that material, which can easily and efficiently be managed later on. Hypertope's experiment with allowing a blog for each user is a step in that direction. Because Hypertope is combiting academic networking functionalities with blogs and other content types, it is more likely that the material that you put out there will reach exactly the type of people you want it to reach, who could immediatly come back with comments, constructive criticism and advice to help you develop that research further.

You can choose your own distinct look for your blog my clicking "My Account". The theme (or look) you choose is also the theme by which your blog will appear to others. As Hypertope grows we will be adding more and more distinct themes so that you can customise your blog. In "My account" in the section "blog information" the text that you write is what will appear in the top right corner of your blog. It's a good place to briefly say few words about your blog or insert your picture. You can also set your blog entries as "Private" so that noone but yourself can see them.


My Annotations

When you are logged in you may see that some content types will have a little box that says "My Annotations". Here you can type your notes pertaining to that particular content. Only you will be able to see those notes. Make sure that you press "Update" button before you leave that page.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) If you have a question, the answer is most probably in the FAQ section. If it is not, then please contact us.


"What's new?"

This is Admin's blog where we will post news about new features that we implement.


Search bar

I should have probably mentioned this in the beginning. If you can't find what you're looking for just by surfing and clicking if it best to just use the multifaceted search bar that appears on every page.