Pure news and developments 2021

Get the latest on Pure/EBR developments at UoB, such as system upgrades or new integrations. Find out if any maintenance interruption has been scheduled or if there are any issues with the system.

New template for Protocols in Pure

4 June

If you have a protocol that you would like to add to Pure, there is now a specific template to use.

new template for protocols


 Sustainable Development Goal Keywords

1 June

Following the recent upgrade, Pure can now display Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) keywords on research outputs. The keywords are added automatically via a daily system job. For further details, please see our SDG Keywords page

Pure Upgrade

18 May

We are intending to upgrade Pure to the next major version a week today (Tuesday 25 May) at 11am. This means there will be a short downtime of up to 30 minutes.

There are a few small changes you will notice following the upgrade.

The global search will look and behave slightly differently. The aim is to provide clearer and more accessible results. Previously, search results across content types were limited to what content types were present in the top 50 results across all content types. Global search results now represent the results found across all content types.

Global search changed look slightly in May 2021 - screenshots for News page

 Y‌ou can hover over the icon to see the name of content type that icon represents. Click onto it to see the results for that content type only. 

changes May 2021

T‌he total count of search results is displayed in the Top Results tab. Total results per content type are shown on each content type tab. Click through to go to the content overview screen, and continue refining your search using the filters. 


Rather than fixed in the bottom left corner of the screen, My History will instead show as a slide up view when you hover over it. 

Changes May 2021

It will now also highlight the last action you made on that content, as shown by a tag (e.g. 'Opened', 'Modified').

Changes May 2021


On first visit to the Explore Bristol Research (the Pure Portal), you will be presented with a banner at the bottom of the page asking you to consent to cookie storage, or manage the types of cookies you consent to the site using. No cookies will be used before you have given consent. This update puts the Pure Portal in full compliance with GDPR. 

Once you have saved your preferences, you will not see this banner again, unless you clear cookies or use a new or incognito browser.

Upload of data into ORCID

22 April

For those that have set and authorised the link, Pure uploads data into ORCID daily. We have recently encountered some problems with this job, and it is no longer working every day. We are able to push the information through manually approximately twice a week. If you have noticed that your ORCID data is not updating as promptly as usual, this is why. Elsevier and ORCID are working on resolving this. We'll update again once we're back to normal daily updates. Update - this is now resolved (14/05/21)

Explore Bristol Research survey

24 March

From Monday 29 March, you may notice a short survey pop-up on Explore Bristol Research. We're interested in finding out whether users, both internal and external, are able to find what they were looking for. The survey is four brief questions and should take about 30 seconds to complete. We'd appreciate any feedback you're able to give through this. The survey will only remain on the site for a limited time, and once you have completed it, you won't see it again. 

Pure Upgrades

8 March

Both upgrades have now been completed, and Pure is running on version 5.19.3-3. The upgrades were done to support the REF submission, which is made via Pure. 

We are not currently anticipating further upgrades prior to the REF, although if any problems become apparant that require further system fixes, this is a possibility. 

Pure Upgrades

22 February

Pure will be upgraded twice in the next two weeks, on the following dates:

Monday 1 March, at 11am

Monday 8 March, at 11am

Both upgrades will involve a short amount of downtime, up to a maximum of 30 minutes. Both upgrades are directly related to the REF submission and you will not see any changes. Thank you for your continued patience with our upgrade schedule, which is particularly full at the moment.

Research Output graph on Explore Bristol Research

11 February

The graph which showed research output numbers by year on Explore Bristol Research profiles has now been removed, following feedback from a number of users.

Pure upgrade complete

1 February

Pure has been updated this morning to the new version. Thank you for your patience with the recent regular upgrades.

Pure upgrade, Monday 1 February

25 January

We will be upgrading Pure (to version 5.19.3-1) on Monday 1 February, at 8am. This will entail up to 30 minutes of downtime. The upgrade is a minor one, and is centered around updates for the REF submission. You should not notice any other changes to either Pure or Explore Bristol Research.

Pure User Survey results

21 January

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. The survey is still available for completion here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/red/research-policy/pure/support/user-survey/

This survey was advertised for a total of two weeks in November and December 2020. Some key themes that came out of the survey:

How easy do you find Pure to use?

An even mix of all replies from very easy to very difficult to navigate

How often do you use Pure?

The most common response was 'monthly'.

What do you think of Explore Bristol Research?

Mostly positive responses, a couple of negative reactions

If you have contacted Pure Support, what was your experience?

All positive responses

What is your preference for training materials online?

Top choice: screenshots, followed by text explanations and videos


What are we doing with this information?

It is helpful for us to understand how different users navigate Pure. We recognise that Pure as a system and the processes within it are not always intuitive. We would like to understand better what users are finding difficult in particular, and why the support pages do not always answer their questions. We are pleased to see that people generally are receiving the support they need from our team. We will be transitioning our support pages to SharePoint in 2021. Part of the transition will be a review of the information in there and how we can better answer some of the most common questions we receive. We will also be reviewing how the information is presented and how it connects to other sites, specifically Open Access and Library processes.

New Import Source - Data Monitor

14 January

We will soon be enabling imports from Data Monitor. Data Monitor is a data search engine for researchers covering a variety of institutional repositories and data sources. It will allow us to search for datasets that are relevant to UoB and synchronize the details into Pure.

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