What are Pure and Explore Bristol Research

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An introduction to Pure at the University of Bristol. Why researchers use it and why it is important to the University.

What is Pure?

Pure is the University's research information system and repository of scholarly works. Academics and postgraduate research students (PGRs) use Pure to collate information about their work. Pure provides researchers with a public profile on Explore Bristol Research. Explore Bristol Research (EBR) is the public catalogue of the University's research. Information on EBR comes from Pure.

This is an example of a page on Explore Bristol Research:

Tim Peter's Explore Bristol Research profile.

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Why do researchers use Pure

There is scope to capture a wide range of research information in Pure. By adding more content it becomes a richer and more useful source of information.

Why academic staff must use Pure

  • Open Access: academics must upload their articles and conference proceedings to Pure at the point at which they are accepted for publication. This is to comply with funder and University open access requirements.
  • REF: all recent publications must be added to Pure, in order that the best outputs from across the institution are included in the REF (Research Excellence Framework). Academics who are eligible for REF inclusion will also periodically be asked to propose their strongest outputs via Pure.

Why PGRs must use Pure

  • eTheses: postgraduate research students are required to deposit the final version of their thesis to Pure, as a condition of receiving their higher degree award.

Why academic staff and PGRs might use Pure

  • Promoting research in more detail by adding projects, prizes and other research activities. Researchers can also add a statement of their research interests. This information will appear on public profiles on Explore Bristol Research (EBR).
  • Creating and maintaining ORCID accounts from within Pure. ORCID provides researchers with a unique ID that can be used throughout research and publishing life-cycle.
  • Entering information to re-use it in multiple places. Pure profile photos, publications and research statements are re-used on School web profiles. Publications are re-used in several other systems.
  • Logging research activity for an academic CV. Pure has CV templates and several other export formats (PDF, Word, RIS/BibTeX).
  • Browsing EBR to find out what other Bristol researchers are working on.

There is a one-page list of Pure Priorities 2019 (PDF, 116kB)


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How does the University use Pure and the information collected in Pure?

The University also uses Pure for:

  • Open Access coordination and compliance. REF open access compliance is monitored through Pure.
  • Managing the REF submission. Data for the University REF submission is collated in Pure and then uploaded to the Research England REF submission system.
  • Theses repository. Since September 2018 Pure is the University's repository of research theses.
  • Background and supporting information. Pure is the University's central catalogue of research information. University management staff consult Pure when preparing to meet potential partner organisations and funders. Pure is a source of information for funding bid preparation.
  • Website content. Publication lists from Pure are embedded on School websites, illustrating the strength and breadth of research carried out by each School.

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