ACRIS public research portal

Information on the features of ACRIS public portal


The Fingerprint Engine mines the text of documents, i.e. publication abstracts, project summaries, patents – to create an index of weighted terms which defines the text, known as a Fingerprint visualization.   These fingerprints are used to map content. The Elsevier Fingerprint Engine uses the OmniScience taxonomy, which covers a wide range of scientific disciplines and combines over a million concepts from various vocabularies, taxonomies, and thesauri. You can choose which fingerprint concepts to show in your personal profile. (See instructions Checking and editing your profile in ACRIS | Aalto University)

Portal profile

Sustainable Development Goals keywords 

UN Sustainable Development Goals -keywords are auto-populated to ACRIS: 

  1. Personal profile pages: Maija Taka — Aalto University's research portal
  2. Research outputs: Climate change risks pushing one-third of global food production outside the safe climatic space — Aalto University's research portal
  3. Organization units: Department of Built Environment — Aalto University's research portal
  4. Projects: Towards more resilient food system in the face of uncertainty — Aalto University's research portal

For Research outputs, the SDGs are created by the analysis of the title, abstract and keywords. For Persons, by the profile description (Research interests) and keywords. SDG tags are propagated also from research output directly to the contributing person, organisations and projects which are linked to research outputs.  

Personal users will be able to remove SDG tags that they feel are not relevant or add the SDG tags which they think will reflect their research topic. Instructions on how to remove or add SDG tags (PDF).

SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) is not included in the automatic job. The reason is that it is not related to any specific content but to the collaboration between other SDG related work. This can only be added manually, if you feel it satisfies the criteria as set forth by the UN. 

A complete overview of the SDGs can be found at the official UN SDG website.

Adding multimedia to research outputs or units

You can embed media content on Research Output and Research Units (schools, departments or research groups). The media content will be publicly available in the Aalto University’s Research portal. YouTube and Vimeo are currently the two supported media platforms. 

  • Note! If you wish to embed media content on Research Units, you need to have editor rights to the organizational content. For more information, please contact: [email protected]

Getting the URL - YouTube
To embed a video hosted on YouTube, find the video on From that page you can use one of these options:

  • Copy the browser URL.
  • Right click the video, and select Copy video URL.
  • Use the Share button and click Copy in the dialog being opened.

Getting the URL - Vimeo
To embed a video hosted on Vimeo, find the video on From that page you can
use one of these options:

  •  Copy the browser URL.
  • Click the Share button (or icon), and then click the link on the dialog to copy the address.

Adding media content to ACRIS

Research output

  1. Login to backend side in ACRIS
  2. Open the research output record you want to add the video to
  3. Under the Electronic versions, click on Other links
  4. In the pop-up window, paste the video link in the Web address (URL) field and add an (optional) description, select Portal multimedia from the Link type dropdown menu, and click Create and Save the research output record (Save button is very down in the record.)

Research unit

  1. Login to backend side in ACRIS
  2. Open the research unit record you want to add the video to
  3. Click Add Link in the record
  4. In the pop-up window, paste the video link in the Web address (URL) field and add an (optional) description, select Portal multimedia from the Link type dropdown menu, and click Create and Save the research output record (Save button is very down in the record)
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Adding image to research unit’s webpage in Research portal

Showcase your research unit and add hero image to unit’s Research portal webpage at the Aalto Resarch Portal. Images can be added to the following organizational units: departments, schools, research groups or research areas.

  • Note! You need to have editor rights to the organizational content, more information [email protected]
  1. Login to ACRIS
  2. Find the Organisational Unit you want to add an image for in Master Data tab and open the editor.
  3. Next, find the Photo section and select Add file. Upload your chosen image, select Hero image from the Type dropdown, click Create, then save the record.

Since the hero image has a fixed height of 300 pixels, we advise a size of 300 (height) by 1920 (width) pixels. The image layout is designed to be responsive, so you will notice the dimensions will shift somewhat according to the size of the screen available. Note: Large files could add noticeably to the page load time.

Understanding metrics in ACRIS and

There are three metrics providers on the supplying insights into how people are interacting with your research. See below for a short introduction and links to more resources.

Note that these metrics displayed on the represent only few metrics, and they have more relevance in certain disciplines. They should always be used in conjunction with qualitative measures.


PlumX aims to cover a large variety of research output types (67 in total) going beyond journals and conference papers to include things such as videos, web pages, posters and exhibitions. They may provide more useful insights to research in the humanities and social sciences than more traditional measures.


The metrics are divided into 5 categories:

  1. Usage ‐  for example the number of downloads and clicks
  2. Captures ‐ number of times an output is bookmarked/added to favorites, citations are saved
  3. Mentions ‐ where the work is mentioned on Wikipedia, blog post, in the news etc.
  4. Social media ‐ likes, shares
  5. Citations ‐ when others refer to your research, a number of citation sources are included, for example, SSRN, PubMed and policy citations

When you click on See details in the you can view more information for each category. Click here for more information about PlumX.

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Altmetric Doughnut

Altmetrics measure the number of times research is mentioned or captured on different platforms, for example news outlets, Twitter, Mendeley, blogs and Wikipedia.  By clicking on See more details in for each individual output you can view a geographical breakdown of where in the world your research has been picked up and any posts/articles mentioning the research.

Read more about Altmetrics.


Scopus citations are captured on articles, chapters, books and conference proceedings. They are most relevant to the science and engineering disciplines. Often you will have insights from Altmetrics/PlumX prior to information from Scopus. The citation count shows how many times the publication has been cited by sources indexed in Scopus. To view more details on the citation count and where the citations are sourced from: Read more about bibliometric indicators in Scopus.

Read more about bibliometric indicators.

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Collaboration maps

Displayed at school, department, research group and personal level the collaboration maps are a visualisation of collaborations between Aalto University and national and international collaborators. Collaboration maps can be found by clicking on the Network icon on the main page of the school, department, research group, or person. 


  • In the visualization tab you can view the network based on profiles, external persons, research units or external research units, or combining two or more options.
  • You can also limit the view by years and define the collaboration minimum.
  • By clicking on the line between two entities such as department and external research unit, you can review the co-publications.  


  • The map tab allows you to explore the network visually on the map. Details can be seen by clicking on the dots on the map, or selecting a country/territory from the list.

Research Units

  • Research units tab shows both internal and external research units and links to lists of shared research outputs
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Record of the CreaTures project in ACRIS with relations to research output, activities, and press/media content

Relations in ACRIS

In ACRIS, records can be linked to each other to indicate that there is a connection between them. For example, publications can be linked to a project or an infrastructure.

Adding project and infrastructure relations to research outputs, datasets, activities and press/media items enriches the project and infrastructure display in the portal. 

Adding gallery carousel

You can add a gallery carousel to your personal profile page at Aalto Research portal

  1. Go to ACRIS
  2. Select Edit profile
  3. Find Profile photos section
  4. Upload photo and select Gallery as Type
  5. Save

Back to ACRIS instructions index and ACRIS instructions main page:

All ACRIS instructions

This page compiles all ACRIS instructions. ACRIS, Aalto Current Research Information System, is the research information management system of Aalto University. Information is displayed in the public portal

ACRIS Instructions

Aalto Current Research Information System (ACRIS) is Aalto University’s research information management system. The system contains up-to-date information about the research and artistic activities of the university. These activities are shown through the public portal

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