Pure overview

‌Pure is the University's research information system and repository of scholarly works. Explore Bristol Research (EBR) is the Pure-driven website and the University's public catalogue of research (more about Pure and EBR).

Access to Pure/EBR

Login to Pure here

Current academic staff and postgraduate research students (PGRs) automatically have a 'personal user' account in Pure and a public profile on EBR. EBR will update shortly after saving any changes made on Pure.

What to do if you do not want a public profile on EBR

At anytime, individuals can request not to have a public EBR profile by contacting us.

For more information about staff and student data held in Pure and other systems, please see the University's data protection webpages

Academic honorary staff can request a Pure personal user account. Professional Services can also request access if they need to support the use of Pure within a faculty, school or centre. Send your access request to pure-support@bristol.ac.uk.

Did you know that personal users can set up 'trusted users'? How to allow someone to act on your behalf.

Understand your Pure screen (Personal overview)

Pure sessions may look different depending on each user rights within the system. The image below is an example of a partial page of the Personal overview.

snapshot of overview (new Aug 2021) - Palie Smart, inc. ORCID link


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Enhance your research profile

All researchers have a public profile on EBR. Improving your profile will make your research more discoverable, increasing collaboration opportunities. 

See our guidance about your personal overview page how to enhance and edit your profile

We have guidance about the Fingerprinting, maps and metrics that are also automatically generated on your Explore Bristol Research page. 

As a minimum, we recommend the following:

  1. Upload a photo
  2. Add a research description
  3. Create/connect your ORCID

You can also add URLs, keywords and name variations. 

Your Username at the top-right of the screen is where you can configure your email settings and manage trusted users

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What to put in Pure

Research information in Pure is organised in content types (see how to add or edit content).

What we ask from you and how your research data is used
Research outputs [Mandatory] Academics and PGRs must add their publications to Pure for Open Access compliance and the REF. Additional uses include online promotion on EBR and other University websites, Researchfish, etc. Note that conference papers, posters, websites, etc. are also research outputs.
Activities Add your invited talks, editorial work, etc. to promote them online on EBR.
Prizes Add your prizes, awards and other research esteem indicators to promote them online on EBR.
Projects Most of the funded research Project data is sourced from University Finance systems. Some links between publications and projects are uploaded to Researchfish on behalf of PIs. Additional uses include online promotion on EBR.
Impacts Effects/changes that research has beyond academia. Impact officers and RED staff use the information to track impact.
Datasets All datasets are sourced from the University Research Data repository 'data.bris'. Link your datasets to your publications and/or projects.
Student theses [Mandatory] PGRs are required to add the final version of their thesis to Pure. Current members of staff who completed their thesis at the University may also deposit a copy.


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