Getting started in Pure

Pure is the University of Bristol's research information system. You can use Pure to record and manage details about research outputs, projects, research activities (awards, activities) and impact. The information in Pure populates the University’s Explore Bristol Research web site.

Are you an academic that has recently joined the University? See our new starters page.

Logging into Pure

Current academic members of staff and postgraduate research students automatically have access to a personal user account in Pure. To access Pure go to - or click the red button labelled Log into Pure (above, top left) and log in via Single Sign-on.

For all other members of staff, Pure editing accounts may be requested. Go to user access to Pure for further details.

Emails from Pure

The first time you log on to Pure a welcome screen will be displayed with information about setting your Pure email frequency. Pure will notify you about any changes made by another person to your research outputs, projects and activities - choose how often you want to receive emails.

You can change your email settings at any time by clicking on your username at the top right corner of the Pure screen:
and selecting your preferred email frequency (E-mail settings) and what you wish to hear about (Message settings).

We recommend the setting Mails are sent instantly. The reasons for this are:

  • You will receive messages mostly only about records you are associated with (with occasional notifications of downtimes, etc)
  • If you switch off messaging you will not be notified that you have new publication records available in external systems (see more about setting up an autoscan…)

Remember to select Save after you make any changes to settings.

Personal user and editor's overview

Once logged on, personal users will be taken to the personal overview screen in Pure. Personal users have a photo/job title/Edit profiler area and editors do not.

Personal user view
personal user screen, add new

Go to: Your personal profile for further details about editing your personal details and creating CVs.

Editor view (administrators or any staff editing for other users)
personal user screen, add new

When you log in, Pure filters your department's output records to just yours if you are a personal user, or your department/school's if you are an editor.
If you wish to view all University Pure records in each content type you can remove the My content label. For example if you select the Research output link on the right hand side, you will be presented with a list of all the research outputs to which you have access.

Remove filter - my content

Click on the cross on the My content label and this will remove the filter limiting your view to the outputs which you can edit - you will now be able to view (but not edit) all (non-confidential) output records.  This works the same way in the other content types, e.g., activities.

Left-hand section

Pure content types

  • Research Outputs can be added into Pure in different ways including from online databases such as Web of Science (to Nov-14) Scopus (from Nov-14) , ArXiV and Pubmed. See the Guide to research outputs in Pure.
  • Activities: Personal users can add and maintain information about their research activities in this section, e.g., awards, conference attendance and invited talks. See the Guide to activities in Pure.
  • Projects: Funded projects with an EL2 finance code beginning with R from 2002 onwards only are sourced from University finance systems. Users can add additional information about these projects into Pure and also add non-externally-funded or non-funded projects onto the system. Note that the difference between funded and non-funded will not be evident on EBR. See the Guide to projects in Pure
  • Applications/ Funding records from 2002 onwards including unsuccessful applications from 2009. See the Guide to applications/funding in Pure.
  • Bristol student theses: If you are current or previous Bristol PGR student you can add your completed thesis to Pure. Please wait until December 2014 to add your thesis as there will be a licence agreement to agree/tick added to Pure from Mid/late November.
  • Curricula Vitae: Once you have updated your research information in Pure you can produce a CV for your own use directly from the system. See How to add/edit a CV
  • Report definitions:  Further support for creating reports coming soon.

Central Section

This area provides a summary of your information within Pure - entitled either Personal overview or Editorial overview depending on the type of user you are. 

Central Section - Personal users

  • My research: provides an overview of your latest content added into Pure
  • My profile:View your research interests here.  To edit your interests go to the Edit profile...* button under your photo
  • Supervision: Staff who supervise postgraduate research students will have a tab on their Pure overview screen showing details of current and former postgraduate research students. This information is drawn from the University’s student records system (SITS) and contains historical information from 2002 onwards.
  • View research connections: (near bottom of screen) provides a visual means of representing collaborations and research connections based on information held within Pure.

View research connections right arrow relations view

*Personal Profile information: Pure takes a feed of information from the University’s HR system PIMS. This includes information such as names and job titles and research groups. Photographs and profile information can be edited. Go to Your personal profile for further details about editing your personal details.

Central Section - editors

Your Editorial Overview page summarizes the records to which you have editing access (you can view other records – see the top of page 6 of this manual.

Right-hand section

Click the green Add new button to add new content to Pure.

  • Suggested personal tasks may, for example, be a message that you have possible matches in online sources
  • My messages contains messages and notifications.
  • My history shows content you have recently accessed

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Searching, filtering and viewing content in Pure

Click on a content-type in the left section of your personal overview screen. You will be presented with a list of your content. This list can be filtered, searched and sorted.

Filter Search Sort

By removing the My content label (Click on the box with a cross in it next to the My Content label to remove this filter) you are able to search and view all of the records held in Pure for staff across the University, where the record has not been marked as confidential.

You can save filtered information: Click on the drawing pin next to the filter, name and save it. The filter will still be on the left-hand side when you next log in. To delete a saved filter, select it so that the filter results display and the left-hand link displays in a darker blue, then a cross will appear on the blue link and you can delete it by clicking the cross.

To view detailed information about an individual record within Pure, click on the record and a new window will open with details of the record. Different information about the record can be seen by choosing different options on the left hand navigation. The Pure ID number of the record is displayed in the top left of the screen.

  • Metadata: The metadata fields describing the record
  • Metrics: Citation information may be populated here. Further information - Citation metrics
  • Relations: You can add links to other content in Pure here
  • Display: Shows the different display formats for the record and includes option to export the record in other formats
  • History and comments: system audit data for the record

Advanced search

Select the downwards-arrow at the right-hand side of the long search box at the top of each content type. An advanced search box will appear, including options for including full text documents…

Advanced search facility

Boosting a Term using the ^ symbol

To boost a word or phrase’s relevance use ^ symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be. Adding a ^ symbol will make results of the occurring word(s) more relevant - as in the example:


By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2).

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Downloading and extracting Pure content

To download and extract content - select the relevant heading in the left hand section of your personal overview screen.

At the bottom of the screen you now have the option to download content from Pure.


After you have selected your preferred download option, Pure will prompt you to select a download format for the records:

  • Short: Pure default short render style containing basic details about the record
  • Long: Pure default long render style containing more detailed information about the record.

You can also extract the details of a specific record in Pure. To do this, select the record and a new window will open with details of the record.


Choose the option Display on the left hand navigation. The screen will display an overview of the record with several other tabs ‘formats’ and ‘exports’. From these tabs the record details are available in different downloadable formats, e.g., Short, Standard, APA, Author, Harvard, RIS and BibTeX.