Pure news and future developments
20th April-17: Upcoming interruptions to Pure and Explore Bristol Research
On Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th May Pure and Explore Bristol Research will be unavailable due to software upgrades (see below for details). We apologise for the inconvenience caused by these interruptions.
Details of Pure upgrade in May 2017
Pure is being upgrade to a new version of the software that includes several major changes. These include updated Activities and Projects models, and a new Prizes model.
The changes are:
- Changes to the Activities area, including new categories and the ability to add multiple people to an activity. A description of the new Pure activities model is available.
- A new Prizes model, for gathering information about Prizes and Awards. User guidance for Prizes will be available soon from the How to Use Pure page.
- Changes to the Projects area. The old model includes two content types: Applications / Awards and Projects. The new model has three content types: Applications, Awards and Projects. This will make it easier to capture information at different stages of the award process. A summary of the changes to the project model will be available soon from the How to Use Pure page.
- Minor ORCID integration improvements including:
- ORCID notifications will only be sent when new/updated information has been supplied by Pure (previously notifications were sent every night).
- An ORCID Education entry will automatically be created for students who use the integration.
- The Pure/ORCID pages will be updated to reflect these changes.
- A number of publications improvements including:
- Fixes to some REF Open Access compliance logic (for Library use).
- Altered workflow to prevent validated full text documents from being removed.
- Expansion of the Journal datamodel to include whether the Journal is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals.
- Auto-population of some license information when adding a full text document to a record (for documents sourced from Science Direct only).
- Full text download metrics visible on output records (in the metrics tab of the record).
22nd March-17: Pure/EBR interruption on 5th April
On Wednesday 5th April 7am-5pm BST Pure and Explore Bristol Research will be unavailable. This is to allow for essential IT maintenance to be carried out.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this interruption.
3rd March-17: Monday's Pure/EBR interruption now cancelled
The IT maintenance work planned for Monday 6th March has been delayed, with a new date to be announced. This means that Pure and Explore Bristol Research will be available on Monday.
17th February-17: Pure/ORCID multiple update issue
There is currently an issue with the Pure/ORCID integration. Pure will attempt to update ORCID every day, even when no changes have been made. No updates will actually be made (unless changes are made in Pure) but users may receive three ORCID notification emails per day. This issue is fixed in the latest version of Pure (upgrade date to be announced on this page).
14th February-17: Advanced notice of Pure/EBR interruption on 6th March
On Monday 6th March 7am-5pm GMT Pure and Explore Bristol Research will be unavailable. This is to allow for essential IT maintenance to be carried out.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this interruption.
7th February-17: Recent Pure email malfunctions
On Monday 6th February (from approximately 4pm GMT) a high volume of Pure emails from firstname.lastname@example.org were sent in error to a number of Bristol staff and postgraduate students.
The source of these emails was a mis-configuration by the Pure third-party software suppliers. The suppliers have since corrected the misconfiguration and have assured us that no further emails will be sent from them.
If you received emails from email@example.com, please delete them. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by these rogue emails.
19th December-16:New Pure and EBR functionality
New functionality is now available in Pure and Expore Bristol Research.
Extended ORCID support
- An EBR profile link and employment record is added to the ORCID account (for connected Pure/ORCID accounts);
- Your ORCID profile is updated whenever a published paper is added to Pure (for connected Pure/ORCID accounts);
- ORCID iDs appear on EBR profiles and publication pages (for ORCID iDs added to Pure).
There are instructions for connecting your Pure account to ORCID.
Explore Bristol Research improvements
Several minor Explore Bristol Research improvements have been introduced:
- Related content is now available via tabs on pages rather than on the right hand side of the page, making these pages more attractive;
- Download statistics now appear on publications with documents, where the document has had more than 10 downloads;
- Additional profile information is now visible: keywords, links and positions outside the University;
- Publications improvements: extended use of the open access logo, license information on coversheets and pages, clearer links to BibTeX and RIS exports;
- Person listings are now include thumbnail images.
Find out how to edit your EBR profile from Pure.
2nd December-15: Pure upgrade postponed
Next Monday's Pure upgrade has been postponed while we investigate issues associated with the new version. The new upgrade date will be announced here when it has been confirmed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change of schedule.
24th November-15: Pure upgrade on 7th December 2015
We have scheduled Monday the 7th of December (8am - noon) for an upgrade to Pure version 5.4.1.
The new version includes several improvements:
- better searching, including more options for searching by date
- better support for importing publications from the NASA/ADS database
- bug fixes to Open Access fields
Both Pure and Explore Bristol Research will be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this interruption.
1st October-15: Pure Upgrade
Pure has now been upgraded to version 4.22.3-2. This release includes several changes:
- Additional fields for capturing Open Access information. More guidance about this will be available on our Pure support homepage next week
- Additional fields for capturing impact information. Detailed guidance about using Pure to capture impact will be available by early 2016
- Improvements to importing data from Scopus, including better author and organisation matching and more options to review and change data before it is imported
- New Espacenet import source, to allow users to import their patents from the Espacenet database
21-September-15: Pure Upgrade on 1st October 2015
On 1st October 2015, Pure will be upgraded to a new version that has better support for Open Access information. More information about the new functionality will be available soon on the Pure support homepage. The upgrade will begin at 8am and will take several hours. Pure and Explore Bristol Research will be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
14-August-15: Pure Strategic Review
Over the past year, the RED Policy team have been conducting a Strategic Review of the Pure service. The Strategic Review final report, including recommendations, development priorities and a 2015/16 roadmap are now available online (these are internal documents).
If you are not a University member but would like to find out more about the Review, please feel welcome to contact us.
24-July-15: Changes to Pure publications harvesting
To support compliance with HEFCE’s Open Access policy, the Library will soon begin harvesting a selection of publications records from Scopus into Pure. The Library will harvest any Scopus publication records where there is already an in press version of the record with a full-text attachment in Pure. The Library will merge the original and new versions of the publication record to create one accurate publication record.
Pure users and editors are welcome to continue harvesting publications from Scopus, however they may find that certain items have already been imported by the Library.
The Library will harvest from Scopus on a weekly basis. Users and editors who have chosen to receive import notifications via email will now receive these emails on a monthly basis.
This new process begins on August 1st 2015.
Further information about the Open Access policy will be circulated in the near future.
19-June-15: Essential IT work
Pure and Explore Bristol Research are unavailable on Tuesday 14th July
, 8am-10am or possibly until noon. This is due to essential server patching work. More information about the status of IT services, including planned disruptions, can be found on the IT Status webpage
19-May-15: Pure - upgrade complete
Pure has now been upgraded to version 4.21.2-3. New functionality includes more Person fields, Student Thesis coversheets and ORCID creation
Please note that this version includes additional Person fields (e.g. "Positions outside of the institution"). We are currently reviewing these new fields. In the meantime content added to these fields will not appear on Explore Bristol Research.
13-May-15: Pure - next upgrade
Bristol's Pure upgrade which had been scheduled for 22nd April has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 19th May. Both the Pure admin interface and Explore Bristol Research website will be unavilable from 9am-5pm.
20-April-15: Pure - next upgrade
With apologies to our users, Bristol's Pure upgrade which had been scheduled for 22nd April has now been postponed for technical reasons. The new date has not yet confirmed but will be early in May.
9-April-15: Intermittent bug affecting page viewing and content editing
With apologies there is currently a serious bug in Pure which can prevent users from loading pages or editing content. This bug only occurs intermittently but when it does, users are at risk of losing unsaved content.
The bug will be fixed when Pure is next upgraded (provisional date 22nd April). In the meantime, we recommend that users do not create or edit Pure content , or if they do, that they save their work frequently.
19-Mar-15: Scopus, Web of Science and harvesting output records
In November 2014 Scopus replaced Web of Science as a source of publications metadata for Pure. Since then Pure staff have been adding Scopus IDs to Pure publication records and there are now approximately 28,000 Pure publication records that have Scopus IDs. Of these 28,000, 16,000 relate to work published between 2010-2015. The benefits of Scopus IDs in Pure are:
- Users will no longer be prompted to import the publication records from Scopus
- Any Pure publication record with a Scopus ID will have metrics data, available on the metrics tab of the record See more about metrics
Changes have also been made to automatic record harvesting system. Anyone who previously received automatic Pure alerts about Web of Science records will now receive alerts about Scopus records instead. Note that due to the different ways in which Web of Science and Scopus index authors, it may be necessary for users to edit the name variants used for these alerts. For instructions how to edit name variants see www.bris.ac.uk/pure/user-guides/outputs/#autoscan
Bugs in current version of Pure - Pure 4.20.2 (updated 14-Jan-15, next version at not yet confirmed)
Bug in Chrome affecting Pure
- With apologies, there is a bug in a recent version of Chrome causing errors to occur intermittently in Pure. Please use Internet Explorer, Firefox or other browser temporarily. Chrome is the recommended browser for Pure, therefore when the bug is repaired please resume using Chrome. We will post on this news page when the bug is repaired.
Other Pure bugs are:
- The school University of Bristol Theatre Collection is being added to some new outputs from Scopus in error - please delete this affiliation if it appears on your record as this is a bug and the organisation no longer exists.
- In a minority of research groups at the 5th and 6th level, affiliations are appearing in subgroups on Explore Bristol Research (EBR) that should only be in the group below them in the hierarchy. This does not affect the record itself, only the website. The developers are working on the problem.
- The link to EBR from the Pure personal overview screen, My Explore Bristol Research overview , just above the Edit profile button, has disappeared with this version - the developers are working on bringing this feature back
Pure training courses are available at the Computer Centre, Tyndall Avenue this summer term, 2015. For further details and to book your place select the links below:
18 Dec 2014
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked Bristol among the UK’s top research universities.
Highlights of PVC Guy Orpen's message to all academic staff
Extract from full version - Letter about enhancing your Pure portfolio to all academic staff (PDF, 0.1MB) from Professor Guy Orpen, Pro Vice-Chancellor, May 2014:
...Thanks to your efforts, we now have over 130,000 publications, 13,000 projects and 4,500 activities stored within Pure, many of which are visible on Explore Bristol Research. There is now the opportunity for you to enhance this information by creating links between your publications, activities and projects. I would encourage you to take up this opportunity by adding these links and thereby secure benefits including:
- Connecting the elements of your profile, allowing you to show, for example, the outputs relating to each of your research projects, or the activities arising from a piece of research.
- Increasing the visibility of your research activity on the web, as related records are displayed on Explore Bristol Research
- Assisting in reporting research outcomes to funding bodies.
- Enabling other compliance-related reporting requirements, e.g. Open Access to publications.
A guide to making these relations: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/pure/user-guides/relations.html
- Research equipment has recently been added to Pure by integration with the University’s Research Equipment database, Kit-Catalogue. There is now the opportunity for you to link your Pure publications, activities and projects to any equipment you may have used. Creating these links will enable the impact of investment in equipment and facilities to be evidenced and to assist with reporting the outcomes of equipment awards to our funding bodies. For further information about the research equipment database please see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/red/development/reseqdb.html or contact Richard Buist (Richard.Buist@bristol.ac.uk).
- RCUK-funded projects. As part of our commitment to raise the profile of our publicly-funded work, the details of your recent RCUK-funded projects are now available on Explore Bristol Research. We encourage you to add additional information to these projects, including descriptions, key findings and participants. Further information
- Citations - over 30,000 research output records have citation metrics attached (Scopus harvests only, refreshed weekly) How to view your citation metrics
- Datasets content type (synch with data.bris)
- CV facility - improved templates
- Web research data service, to feed content into other websites
- Explore Bristol Research developments
- Funder reporting submissions, including Researchfish (previously e-Val) and the Research Outcomes System (ROS);
- Improvements to capturing research activities and impact;
- Integrated reporting on our research portfolio
- Taxonomy of keywords
- Directory of expertise to be managed in Pure
Pure versions - selected bug fixes and new features
Pure 4.20.2 (Current - updated 14-Jan-15)
- Scopus citations updated and matched with WoS IDs if possible
- Outputs limited to 20 authors or less in list view
- Full texts searchable on Advanced search option in the EBR website's outputs section
Pure 4.20.1 (22-Dec-15)
- Back catalogue of student theses added to Pure from the British Library
Pure 4.20.1 (19-Nov-14)
- ORCID ID is now linked from person records (More >>)
- Output record harvesting now available from Scopus. Web of Science access has been discontinued (More >>)
- New advanced search facility (More >>)
- Bug repaired: Theses display repaired on Explore Bristol Research
Pure 4.19.3 (18-Sep-14)
- Postgraduate research students now have personal user accounts
- New content type - University of Bristol current PGRs and staff members who previously completed a thesis at Bristol can now add their thesis details to Pure in the thesis content type - more information coming soon.
- New CV content type - note that highlighting your most important records facility has moved to the CV content type on the left hand side of the user interface
Pure 4.18.2 (30-Apr-14)
The publication category - edited book bug not allowing edits - was resolved.
Pure 4.18.1 (19-Mar-14)
- The Personal Overview page (personal users only) layout has been improved, and links to citation information is now more clearly visible. For more information go to the recently-updated personal profile user guide. Placement in previous versions of Pure has been re-labelled Managing organisational unit. To enable school/department editors editing access to your output records - go to Research output managed by>Managing organisational unit which is just below the publication record author list.
Pure 4.17.2-3 (30-Jan-14)
Pure 4.16.5 (19-Nov-13)
- Crucial updates to REF module
Pure 4.16.3-1 (14-Oct-13)
- From this version onwards you can use a shorter URL based on your email address on the Explore Bristol Research web site. For example, Paul Weaver (Paul.Weaver@bristol.ac.uk) will have the equivalent profile web address: http://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/person/Paul.Weaver
Pure 4.16.2 (9-Sep-13)
- Improvements to the REF module
Pure 4.16.1-1 (5-Aug-13)
- Keyword interface improved
Pure change (22-Jul-12)
- Pure URLs changed - please ensure you update any browser bookmarks or favourites
Pure 4.15.4-3 (04-Jun-13)
- Pilot project managed keywords made available
Pure 4.15.4 (20-May-13)
- Error message re Project Description text in some project records on the Explore Bristol Research web site - fixed
Pure 4.15.3-1 (01-May-13)
- The main benefit of this upgrade is to achieve a faster REF screen response time.
Pure 4.15.2 (08-Apr-13)
- Users will be able to customize more precisely how and when emails should be received from the system
- Bug fixed where records are not appearing when full texts are added to Pure and are awaiting validation
Pure 4.14.3 (28-Jan-13)
- Minor improvements to the REF module and reporting
- Change of API address for Web of Science
Pure 4.14.2 (10-Dec-12)
- Some users were experiencing problems on saving output information - the bug was fixed.
Pure 4.14.1 (08-Nov-12)
- Personal users' research interests and photos are now editable (How to edit your profile…)
- New field: When you have created a commissioned report you can now add Commissioning body
- If you are an editor you can filter on Internal/external authors so that you can locate any draft or other incomplete records authored by staff members who have left the University.(How to search and filter…)
- Easier and quicker make external option when editing authors.
- Workspace overview pages will show a More… link to reveal additional items
Pure 4.13.3 (23-Sep-12)
- Individual academics can edit their own published name. Select the Edit Profile button near your photo and type in your published name in the First and Last name(s) text boxes - remembering to save any changes by clicking the blue Save button at the bottom of the window.
Pure, Explore Bristol Research web site and PeopleProfiler web sites
If you are an academic member of staff or a postgraduate research student, your PeopleProfiler website if you have one sources the following records from Pure :
- publication records
- profile photo
- free-text profile descriptions
We recognise that there is an overlap between Explore Bristol Research and the PeopleProfiler application which is in use by many schools and faculties. The RIS steering group (link available via single sign-on only) is taking active steps to resolve the issues that exist and explore the options for the future.
All personal users of Pure have a web profile - you can check yours by clicking the "My Explore Bristol Research overview" link under your personal details in Pure. For further information about the site, including how to customise your profile by choosing records you wish to highlight, go to the Explore Bristol Research and your personal profile