Fingerprinting in Pure and the EBR Portal


What is Fingerprinting?

Fingerprinting is the Elsevier term for indexing content in order to produce a list of words, or ‘concepts’, which summarise the key subject areas. 

This is an example of the fingerprinting in Pure and EBRHere, “fossil record”, “vertebrate” etc are concepts.  


Those at the top of the list have the highest weighting 

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What have Fingerprints been added to in Pure and the EBR Portal?

 You can find fingerprinting on the following: 

  • Persons 
  • Research Outputs 
  • Projects 
  • Organisations 
  • Prizes 
  • Equipment 

How are the Fingerprints calculated?

A dozen specialised thesauri have been loaded into Pure and the concepts are created from them 

Persons are calculated using a combination of your research interest statements, all research outputs and prizes 
Research outputs are calculated using a combination of title and the abstract (N.B. not the actual publication text) 
Projects are calculated using all associated awards 
Organisations are calculated using all research outputs associated with the organisation 
Prizes and Equipment are calculated by using the title and all descriptions 


How are the Fingerprints weighted?

The highest weighted fingerprint appears at the top of the list and the ‘donut’ image and font size shows the weighting. The weighting is calculated according to the relevance and frequency that the concept is mentioned.  

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Why doesn't my content have a Fingerprint?

Fingerprints are not generated for every record. If, for example, a publication does not have an abstract, there will be no Fingerprint. Equally, there is a minimum 20% weighted rank threshold for any concept, and if it falls below this, the concept will not appear.  

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Can I edit the Fingerprints?

You can choose to turn Fingerprints on or off within your personal profile; or remove specific concepts if you do not think they accurately reflect your content. Currently, it is not possible to edit Research Output fingerprints. However, once we launch this on the redesigned Explore Bristol Research pages, these concepts will also be configurableProjects and prizes fingerprints cannot be edited.  


To edit your ‘Persons’ Fingerprints, go to the ‘edit’ option within your profile and choose ‘Fingerprints’ from the menu. If you want to edit the Fingerprints on any of your content, go to the specific content and again the same ‘Fingerprint’ menuWhen you hover over the concept, you’ll see a ‘remove’ option: 




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Why have they been added now?

Fingerprinting will be part of the redesign of the Explore Bristol Research pagesWe’re introducing it into Pure now to give everyone a chance to familiarise themselves with the Fingerprinting prior to adding it to our public pages.  

(Similarly, we added PlumX metrics to Pure at the end of February).  

There is a further in-depth explanation of fingerprinting availableIf you have further questions, please contact  

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