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Manage your research profile in Pure

As a scientist at ACTA you share your profile, projects and publications with the world via VU Pure. Your profile not only can be found in the VU Research Portal, but also on and A good reason to make sure your Pure profile is up to date!

With a well-filled profile, it will be easier for fellow scientists and other interested parties to find your profile, via search engines and the search fields in and And you will contribute to a greater impact of scientific research at ACTA and VU Amsterdam.

At the moment ACTA has more specific guidelines than the VU for filling out your Pure account. You can find these guidelines at the bottom of this page.

Check your Pure profile

Log on to Pure

New or changed ancillary activities should not be registered directly in Pure, but always via the Service Portal.

Showcase your research

  • Choose how to promote your research

    Pure is an instrument that can be used to register research output. A simple and user-friendly way for academic researchers to keep track of research output. You can use online sources such as Scopus and Web of Science in the process of registering output. You can find the instructions in LibGuides.

  • The VU Research Portal

    The contents of Pure are shown to the outside world in the VU Research Portal. For both academics and other interested parties, this information is quickly and easily accessible thanks to an advanced search function.

    Showcase your research

    The VU Research Portal is a powerful tool that helps you manage and showcase your research. The personal pages in the VU Research Portal gives you a chance to present yourself to the public. You are in full control of your own page and how to choose to  promote your research. 


    The VU Research Portal also ensures that ACTA can justify the use of funds to various organizations. The Pure administrators take care of these annual reports.
    The VU Research Portal enables Pure administrators to create different reports for justification to various external organizations.

    Visit the VU Research Portal

  • Scientist pages on and

    The contents of Pure are shown to the outside world in the scientist pages on and These pages contain similar information as the Research Portal, but is presented more concise. With the exception of your personal information. This remains the same as in Pure.

    Advantages of the scientist pages

    The indexation in Google is better for the scientist pages than the Research Portal. Both however can be found in Google Search.

    Journalists will likely search the ACTA website first if they have a specfic question about dentistry. This tool will help them to find the expert and give them a brief overview of the expert's research.

  • Support

    The Pure contact person of ACTA can be found in LibGuides. For advice or help in creating a clear profile text please contact the Marketing & Communication department.

    Tip: pay attention to the correct spelling of the name of our faculty and both our universities (Dutch).

ACTA specific guidelines for Pure

  • General guidelines

    • Preferably use a maximum of 300 words in total for personal information, research and teaching. Write it like a biosketch that can be used for a conference submission or grant application. This will make it more inviting for peers and press to read it. See below for tips and tricks for promoting your profile like a biosketch.
    • Focus on your most important achievements. What do you want to be known for?
    • Only add information on ACTA related research or teaching activities. Describe other research or teaching activities only if relevant to your ACTA research career, and be concise.
    • Write in the third person. For example, ‘prof. dr. Cees Kleverlaan is a professor in Dental Materials Science at ACTA’ or ’Jane Doe, MDDR, is a postgraduate student in Periodontology at ACTA.
    • Do you expect to be less active in keeping your profile up to date? Make sure that you are less specific in, for example, years of experience.
    • Use the correct spelling of the name of our faculty and mother universities.

    If you have any questions or would like help with your content, please contact

  • What is a biosketch?

    A biosketch (or ‘bio) is a brief description of professional identity. It usually ranges from 50 to 300 words. In your biosketch you promote your research and other achievements.

  • Your personal information: promote yourself

    Introduce yourself and describe your professional situation by giving your name, degree(s), and current institutional affiliation . See the examples in the ACTA-specific guidelines. Also describe the societal impact of your research.

    This is also a good place to mention any awards. How far back do you go? The advice is to only mention awards from your current and previous role or career/development phase.
    No awards (yet)? Mention professional affiliations, professional licenses, or involvement with national organizations. For example chairing a committee.

    Are you a junior researcher? Only put down (post)graduate accomplishments when they are extraordinary or relevant to your interests. Focus on your more recent accomplishments.

  • The research chapter: your fit in the professional universe

    First write down your main areas of focus/your expertise. And then communicate any accomplishments regarding these topics, especially if you’re the first researcher to develop a program or study an issue.

    Are you a senior researcher? Promote your experience and describe your research accomplishments. Many will use the phrase ‘best known for’. As in ‘Prof. Dr. Kleverlaan is best known for his work…’ or ‘Prof. Dr. Kleverlaan is best known for creating…’. Your interests are of lesser importance.

    Are you more junior? Be more specific about your interests and the focus of your research.

  • The teaching chapter: your impact

    Use bullets to sum up the subjects you teach. Do not use the name of the course you are teaching here, but name the subject of the course. Unless they are similar. This is to prevent you from having to adjust this part in the event of a name change, for example.

    Also describe the societal impact of your teaching activities. And mention any prestigious teaching awards or grants you may have received

Research Institute


  • Cees Kleverlaan
  • Head Research