ARIA User Help Guide

The help guide section of our website is currently under construction. The links below should enable navigation of the help guide pages whilst we work on completing them. If a guide is marked with an asterisk this means the guide has not yet been completed and the link will not lead anywhere just yet.

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Your ARIA profile acts as a CV when applying for access or funding through Instruct. We therefore recommend that you keep the profile as full and up to date as possible. You will not be able to submit requests for access if certain fields of your profile are not complete. Please note that some of the information in your profile will be posted publicly on the Instruct website. Find out how to preview your public profile in the guide View your public profile.

Scientists from Instruct member countries are entitled to submit research proposals to gain access to a wide range of services/technologies offered by our Instruct centres.

For more information on the proposal process see here.

ARIA contains an internal messaging system which allows you to contact the people you need to organise and manage access and visits. You are able to view, manage, and respond to messages via the messaging page. Users applying for Instruct access are able to initiate messages with administrators (e.g. about their proposal) and service operators (e.g. about their visit/remote access) via their dashboard. Service operators are able to initiate messages with the users of their facility via their access dashboard.

Depending on your user permissions you may be able to publish events, news and jobs, or add documents to the Instruct website.

This section refers to the internal booking of machines for users at facilities which use ARIA for their instrument booking systems.

A moderator is someone assigned to oversee the proposal review and acceptance process. They allocate relevant reviewers for a proposal, communicate with the reviewers if required, and action the proposal (accept/reject) informed by the reviews provided.

A reviewer is someone assigned to provide expert scientific appraisal of a submitted proposal. They are selected by the moderator and score and comment on the proposals assigned to them following Instruct review guidelines. Reviewers identities are hidden from access users and centre managers/service providers but their identities are known to the proposal moderator and to the Instruct access team.