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.
Current academic members of staff and postgraduate research students automatically have access to a personal user account in Pure. To access Pure go to https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/pure - 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.
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:
Remember to select after you make any changes to settings.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
Click the green Add new button to add new content to 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.
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.
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…
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).
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:
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.