Research group: how to create?

Here you can find instructions on creating a new research group page and how to add research output.

Easy steps on how you can create a page for research group


Go to: to enter the edit mode.

Use your Aalto ID to log in (upper right corner).

Basic information

  • Click on "Content" in the upper left-hand corner and select from the drop-down menu "Add content" and "Research Group".
example / add research group
  • Content owner*: Content is the person responsible for this content. Click "Select profiles" and search for that person by their name. There can only be one content owner per content. Only editors can see the name (in the tab Content owner).
  • Language*: Choose the primary language for the research group and for editing it (English / Finnish / Swedish).
  • Name*: Name the research group
  • Summary*: Write a short introduction about the research group (this will be shown only when the page is lifted up somewhere across the site, but will not appear on your page). Recommended maximum length is 140 characters.
  • Lead text*: Here you can introduce your group in more detail than in the summary. The lead text will appear on your page right after the title. The lead text should make the reader more interested in the contents of your page. Don't copy the exact same text as in the summary field to the lead text. This will have a negative impact on search engine optimisation and thus to the findability of your content.
  • Main image: Add an appealing main image for the research group page (don't use a picture that includes text e.g. infographic). File size of around 1 MB is sufficient, as the image quality (in pixels) is what counts. Always use horizontal images as the main image.


  • Content home*: choose the department closest to the group
  • Primary tags: Research (and if some other tag(s) fit well)
  • Secondary tags: choose the ones that suit the best, 2-3 tags is sufficient.

Introduction (a.k.a. components and content pieces)

  • Add components to make the research group more interesting and visual.
Components: how to create content for

Automatic feed: publications and outputs

  • You can add an automatic feed of your research groups' publications and outputs.
  • Open your research group's page on and add a new component: "Add other: Automatic research outputs".
  • Edit the title if the default "Latest publications" is not ok.
  • Add a description text (it will be shown before the actual outputs), if needed.
Screen shot from Drupal's backend showing how to search for research groups to add their publications.
  • Click "Search research groups" and search for your research group by name from ACRIS (research data base) in the research group browser (see the image).
  • Copy the information under UUID to your clipboard.
  • Close the research group browser and paste the UUID to the "Organisational Unit Id" field.
  • Leave the "Person id" field empty.
  • By clicking on a certain ouput, you are taken to that publication at (ACRIS)
  • By clicking on "Research database", you are taken to your research group at

Latest publications

Description appears here. This is an example of a research group's research outputs.

More information on our research in the Research database.

How to add research group members

  • You can also add your research group members to the page by using the component for people liftups.
  • Give a title to this component: Research group members

People liftups

These components are good and practical tools to show contact details for a department, service unit, or members in a project. The order of the contact details can be random, manually or alphabetically organised.

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Laptop computer keyboard detail / photo: Aalto University, Matti Ahlgren

Save, publish and translate

Once your page is finished, just click "Save" at the bottom of the page. To publish your page, click "Publish" on the far right-hand corner.

Don't forget to create translation(s) of you page. This will make your research group more easy to find, as it can be found using search terms in languages other than e.g. English.

Translations: all language versions in one place
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