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Research Visibility

To increase the impact of your research, it is essential that your research output is visible and discoverable, preferably open access. The actual impact of your research can be visualized using traditional bibliometric data, such as citation counts, as well as alternative metrics (altmetrics).

Platforms for Research Visibility

As a researcher (professor or lecturer-researcher) at HvA, you are expected to register all your research results in Pure. From Pure, your research is automatically published on the platforms below:

  1. HvA Research Database: The research database of AUAS displays profiles and research results of AUAS researchers. Many publications are full text and freely accessible to everyone. The database also provides extensive insights into the networks of researchers, research groups and CoEs.

  2. Publinova: The national platform for making practice-oriented research visible and discoverable. As a researcher, you share your research results and expertise on Publinova with researchers from AUAS and other Dutch universities of applied sciences, professionals, policymakers from the field, journalists, and a wider audience. The networking function and open access to knowledge products make the exchange between research, education, industry, and society much simpler.

  3. HBO Kennisbank: A database where theses, research reports, papers, and other knowledge products from universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands are collected and made accessible. The focus is on disseminating practice-oriented knowledge and connecting education, research, and practice.

Researchers can publish their information on the platform This platform was set up by the Municipality of Amsterdam to collect and share research, knowledge, and innovation about Amsterdam and the metropolitan region, and to promote collaboration in research projects. It is mainly aimed at civil servants and researchers working at Amsterdam's knowledge institutions.

Visualisation of Research Impact

In order to guarantee the quality of research , researchers at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences are obliged to demonstrate the impact of their (intended) research during periodic assessments, but also in grant applications. With impact it is meant: The effect (in Dutch: de doorwerking ) of research on 1) education and professionalization, 2) the (professional) practice and the society and 3) knowledge sharing and scientific development.

The traditional way to visualise the impact on knowledge sharing and scientific development is via bibliometric data. These are the number of publications, the number of citations of a publication, the Journal Impact Factor, etc. However, another way to give an indication of the possible impact on peers and other interested parties is not with traditional indicators such as the number of citations, but with alternative metrics, also known as altmetrics. This alternative way of measuring impact shows how often, where and when publications (such as an article, report, dataset) are mentioned in a news outlet or policy document, on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, etc. Alternative metrics show the number of these mentions.

Altmetric Explorer

The Library offers a tool that analyses the altmetrics of publications (article, dataset, chapter of a book, report, etc.): the Altmetric Explorer from You can visit to access their support page on how to use Altmetic Explorer. Besides the number of mentions, the Altmetric Explorer also gives information about what source mentions exactly what about a publication.

The Altmetric Explorer is linked to Pure : all your verified publications are automatically displayed in the Explorer.

Access to the Altmetric Explorer

  • Go to the Altmetric website and log in with your HvA ID.
  • The Altmetric Explorer is also accessible outside the HvA domain.


Do you use social media? Always use the DOI for articles or the ISBN for books. This ensures that your research is trackable by the Altmetric Explorer.


If you have any questions about registering or publishing your research, or visualizing research impact, please contact the Library.

Published by  HvA Library 11 March 2024