Pure overview

Pure is the University's research information system and repository of scholarly works. Explore Bristol Research (EBR) is the Pure-driven website and the University's public catalogue of research (more about Pure and EBR).

Access to Pure/EBR

Current academic staff and postgraduate research students (PGRs) automatically have a 'personal user' account in Pure and a public profile on EBR. EBR will update shortly after saving any changes made on Pure.

Academic honorary staff can request a Pure personal user account. Professional Services can also request access if they need to support the use of Pure within a faculty, school or centre. Send your access request to pure-support@bristol.ac.uk.

Did you know that personal users can set up 'trusted users'? How to allow someone to act on your behalf.

Understand your Pure screen (Personal overview)

Pure sessions may look different depending on each user rights within the system. The image below is an example of how the Personal overview looks.

Personal users will default to the Personal overview screen when they first log into Pure (look at the top menu).


The Personal overview is only available/visible to researchers and research support staff who can act as trusted users. However, some of the 'key' areas are common to every Pure session:

Some pre-loaded information about yourself comes from other corporate systems. Report data errors to pure-support@bristol.ac.uk.

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Enhance your research profile

All researchers have a public profile on EBR. Improving your profile will make your research more discoverable, increasing collaboration opportunities. We recommend you to take the following steps:

  1. In Pure, on your Personal overview screen, click on Edit profile and a new window will open
  2. Upload a photo
  3. Add a research description
  4. Create/connect your ORCID
  5. Press Save when you have finished.

You can also add URLs, keywords and name variations. Download our detailed guidance: How to edit your Pure profile (PDF, 476kB).

Your profile on your School/Faculty website is not Pure but your People Profiler page, a different system that we do not support. Find out more about People Profiler and how it integrates with Pure.

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What to put in Pure

Research information in Pure is organised in content types (see how to add or edit content).

What we ask from you and how your research data is used
TypeNotes
Research outputs [Mandatory] Academics and PGRs must add their publications to Pure for Open Access compliance and the REF. Additional uses include online promotion on EBR and other University websites, Researchfish, etc. Note that conference papers, posters, websites, etc. are also research outputs.
Activities Add your invited talks, editorial work, etc. to promote them online on EBR.
Prizes Add your prizes, awards and other research esteem indicators to promote them online on EBR.
Projects Most of the funded research Project data is sourced from University Finance systems. Some links between publications and projects are uploaded to Researchfish on behalf of PIs. Additional uses include online promotion on EBR.
Impacts Effects/changes that research has beyond academia. Impact officers and RED staff use the information to track impact.
Datasets All datasets are sourced from the University Research Data repository 'data.bris'. Link your datasets to your publications and/or projects.
Student theses [Mandatory] PGRs are required to add the final version of their thesis to Pure. Current members of staff who completed their thesis at the University may also deposit a copy.

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What else can be done with Pure

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