Capturing research in Pure

Below is guidance for using Pure in some less-common scenarios. The guidance is not exhaustive, so please get in touch if you have questions about using Pure to record your research.

Editorial work

Editorial activity and peer-review of publications should be added to Pure as an activity, rather than as a research output. For more information about how to add an activity in Pure follow the link.

Conference materials

Please note that there are several possible ways to add information about conference contributions to Pure, depending on the nature of the material.

If your contribution is a conference paper or abstract published in a conference proceeding with an ISSN, then it will be subject to the REF Open Access policy. For these papers, please use the Article template within the Contribution to Journal group of output types. See Using Pure for Open Access compliance.

If your contribution is a paper or a poster (not published in a proceeding), please use one of the Contribution to Conference templates (select from Paper, Poster, Abstract or Other). 

You can also add details about conferences that you have organised, chaired or attended (without presenting) as an activity in Pure.

Research data

Pure was not designed to hold research data. The University has a separate Research Data Service ( which is staffed by Library experts who can advise where and how to best deposit your research data. The Data Service manage their own data repository ( which was developed specifically to process, preserve and share data.

The benefits of using the University's data repository include a rigorous data-specific validation process (so you can deposit your data with confidence) and a persistent URI (a DOI) to guarantee the longevity of your data.

The exception that we take to data in Pure is when a researcher wants to upload supplementary material alongside their publication. In this case Pure is (usually) the most appropriate place for this material. To upload supplementary material, add it as another electronic document on the same metadata record as the main work. Name the file ‘Supplementary information’ and record the ‘Document version’ as ‘Other version’. Any documents added in the ‘Additional files’ section will not appear through Explore Bristol Research so don’t use this area if you want to make your supplementary material publicly available.

Looking forward

In the future Pure will hold metadata records for research data. These records will also be available on Explore Bristol Research. Capturing this metadata in Pure allows us to link research data to publications, projects, etc. This, in turn, will give us a better understanding of research lifecycles and will assist with funder outcomes reporting. The data files will not be held in Pure, only the metadata, but there will be links from Pure to and other data repositories.


At this time the University hard copy deposition is the only option available to postgraduate research students. The University is currently investigating a facility for the deposition of electronic theses. In the meantime,  if you are a research postgraduate, you may deposit a hard-copy of your thesis and agree to it being made available electronically at a later date. Please see the theses deposit guidance on the Exams Office website for more information.

Pure does hold 1356 research theses that have been made available to us by the British Library ( These are available in the theses section of Explore Bristol Research. For more information about finding theses (from Bristol or elsewhere) see the Library's finding theses and dissertations webpage

If you are a member of academic staff and your thesis was produced outside Bristol, you may upload your thesis using the PhD Thesis (not Bristol) template, which can be found under the Other contributions grouping of output types.