Nykohla Strong
Phone: +44 (0)1224 272077

PURE is a web-based system that captures a wide range of research-related outcomes, impact and activities and promotes the University’s research excellence to the wider community.

PURE organises content in a relational way to build links between people, grants, publications, impacts and datasets.  It is a dynamic and productive source of information which underpins many of the University’s processes. PURE also synchronises with other university systems to provide a connected view of our research activity

On the 5th of September 2018 Pure was upgraded to the latest version. More information about the upgrade can be found here

Public Research Portal

The Public Research Portal lists all public outputs, as entered in Pure, and links to the Aberdeen University Research Archive (AURA) where all open access full text publications are available to read.

The Portal currently displays individual researcher information (Profiles), School and group information (Disciplines), publications (Research Output), Research Facilities, Datasets, Impacts, Activities, Press/ Media, and Prizes. We continue to work to improve the content available and are working to display information on awarded grants in the near future.

Both the Portal and the Staff Pages publications section draw information from Pure. To keep your information up to date please make sure you notify paperaccepted of all new publications, and enter all relevant content into Pure.

Connect your ORCID id to Pure

We have created a short series of videos to help you get more out of Pure. Learn How to create and connect your ORCID id to Pure

Update your profile picture in Pure

We have created a short series of videos to help you get more out of Pure. Learn how to add and update your profile image.

Update your name in Pure

We have created a short series of videos to help you get more out of Pure. Find out how to change and update your name in Pure


Pure is the University's Research Information System. Pure stores information about research activities such as:

  • Research outputs (publications)
  • Professional activities and awards, outreach and knowledge exchange
  • Evidence of Impact
  • Datasets (underlying data from publications)

It also displays data relating to research activity held in other University systems; eg research grants, HR data and student supervision details. Pure allows related activities to be linked together to build up a profile of research for individuals, disciplines and schools.

Pure was used to co-ordinate the research output element of the REF2014 submission, using the REF2014 module. With more and more pressure on the University to meet requirements for the next REF, annual returns to Funding bodies, and audit requirements, it is important that research staff across the institution maintain their Pure profile, and keep Pure up to date with their latest research outputs and activities.

Upgrades and maintenance

Pure has three major software releases each year and we aim to upgrade in line with these releases.

User guides

We have created a welcome pack to help all users who are new to pure, or who need to know a bit more, to navigate through the most used features of the system. 

We have also created a series of videos to help you get more out of Pure

Create and connect your Orcid id:

Created or update your profile picture:

Update or edit your profile name:

Training and Support

In addition to the PURE user guides we are happy to arrange individual or departmental training sessions tailored to your requirements. Please contact us for further details.

For enquiries on Open Access, AURA (open access publications repository), and Research Data Management you can also contact the Library via

Open Access & REF

HEFCE Open Access Mandate

The HEFCE REF open access mandate for journal articles came into force on 1 April 2016.  This means that all journal articles and some conference proceedings will have to be discoverable and, where possible, publicly accessible within three months of acceptance for publication in order to be eligible for submission for the next REF.

REF 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities and higher education colleges. We use Pure to enter, review and assess publications for REF.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some of the most commonly-asked questions about Pure. If your questions are not answered below or in the User Guides section, please contact Nykohla Strong.

How do I add and edit a publication (research output) for my staff web page?

Publications should be added and edited in Pure, once saved they will be displayed on your staff web page and the public research portal.

  • Pure settings: To make the publication display on your staff web page and Public Research Profile, ensure that 'Public – no restriction' and the 'Yes' radio button are selected in the Visibility section of the publication record, (note that this is the default setting for most publication types).
  • Staff pages settings: Ensure that your staff page is set to 'research outputs (Pure)'
  • Editing: Publications should be edited and saved in Pure, the information will then automatically update on the relevant web pages.
What format is used for displaying publications on staff web pages?

The University uses the Harvard format for displaying publications on staff web pages, this format cannot be changed on individual staff pages.

How can I change the order of the publication types displayed on my staff web pages?

Publications are currently displayed in a fixed order, starting with Contributions to Journals. Although this order cannot be changed on individual staff pages, a person viewing your staff page has the ability to choose the publication type they are interested in using the 'Jump to' menu.

How can I change the publication type if there is a mistake?

Publication types are selected in Pure when a publication record is created, if the publication in your staff page is being displayed incorrectly e.g displaying as a specialist publication and it should be a journal article, this can be corrected by changing the publication template in Pure. Please note that once a publication has been validated, any changes must be carried out by an administrator, so please email us to request changes for validated publications.

Can I include an image to accompany my publication?

It is not currently possible to include images or thumbnails, alongside the publications on your staff pages or Public Research Profile; however you can upload a wide variety of supporting documents, web links, DOI's and image files which can be stored in Pure and in AURA

Once I have entered my publication in Pure, when will it appear on my staff page?

The information should be displayed on your staff page within a few minutes, however, in some cases the update may happen the following day. (Remember to ensure your visibility settings are correct)

What is the Public Research Portal?

Pure includes a facility to display information on research outputs, datasets, media, prizes, and activities to external viewers, via a web interface, similar to staff web-pages. All University Pure users (staff and research students) have their own profile page. Pure users have full control over which content they display on the Public Research Portal; if a user has information stored in their Pure account which they do not want to display publically, they can change the visibility settings for the relevant content.

if you have any other questions about Pure, please contact Nykohla Strong.

Short guides & more information

We have created a welcome pack to help all users who are new to pure, or who need to know a bit more, to navigate through the most used features of the system. 

Below you will find some short tutorials and guides on individual aspects of Pure, we will be adding to this section over time and aim to create a library of resources that you can refer to as required.

Getting Started
  • What is Pure - Pure is The University of Aberdeen’s research management system, which aggregates information about Discipline, School and researcher outputs. Pure includes a searchable web portal, that enables you to find and discover experts from within certain fields.  Pure automatically pulls publication data from online databases and internal systems to create comprehensive and accurate profiles, allowing you to find and be found by potential collaborators.  You can verify, add, or update the information in your profile at any time. Pure is also used to coordinate and submit the Research Excellence Framework (REF) return
  • Logging on - The URL to access Pure is Your Log in details are your university ID e.g a12ab1 and your university password, this is the same password that you use to log in to your PC and to your email.
  • Types of Content - Available contents include: Research Output, Activities, Projects (awarded grants), Applications/Funding, Datasets, Press/Media, CV's, Research Facilities, Journals & Publishers, Extrenal People & Organisations, and REF2021 submission data.
Updating your Profile
  • The Pure interface and key features - An Introduction to the Pure interface, highlighting key features such as editing your profile, searching, filtering, and sorting your content.
  • Personalise your profile - How to add a profile photo
  • Make your profile public - How to make your profile visible on the Public Research Portal
  • Create a personal CV - How to use the CV module within Pure.
  • You can also access some video tutorials on the new Pure Academy, created by our software providers. The video "Class 1 – How to support your researchers" is an introcuctory video which provides an overview of the personal profile screen and demonstrates how to claim and disclaim content. (Please note that a BrightTALK login is required.)
Managing your outputs
Adding other outputs

This section is under development, please come back soon for more information

  • Activities
  • Press Media
  • Prizes
Searching & Reporting
  • Creating and downloading lists of content
    Create lists of your content and download them in PDF, Word, or HTML format.
  • Creating and downloading lists of content on behalf of others Create lists of your School or Department's content and download them in PDF, Word, or HTML format.
  • You can also view some video tutorials on reporting from the new Pure Academy, run by the software provider. The two videos you should look for are "Getting Started with Reporting in Pure" and "Class 4 – How to do reports (Europe Audience)".
    Please note that a BrightTALK login is required.
Managing your Public Profile
Managing Notifications & Settings

This section is still under development, please come back soon for more information

  • Notifications & messages
  • Automatic Imports
  • Trusted Users
Help & Support
  • Online Help - Online help is available within Pure by hovering over on the Help and Support option at the bottom right of the Screen it will take you the Pure Help and Documentation webpages
  • Further Training - Further training on pure is available from the PURE team, please email us to arrange training
  • Researcher Toolkit - During 2017 Research and Innovation engaged the help of a summer intern to develop a resource for researchers, the Researchers' Toolkit is designed to help researchers find the relevant tools, services and support to prepare proposals, manage grants, share knowledge, and publish research.
Editing and Administration in Pure
  • Adding new content on behalf of others
    How to add content from scratch using predefined templates, or import content from online sources such as WOS and PubMed, on behalf of others in your School or Department.
  • Managing content on behalf of others
    How to edit and remove content on behalf of others in your School or Department.
  • Videos available from the new Pure Academy, also cover administration and support in Pure. Recently added videos provide a good introduction to the basics of Pure:
    • Class 1 – How to support your researchers
    • Class 2 – How to quality assure content
    • Class 3 – How to manage Master Data
    • Class 4 – How to do reports
    Please note that a BrightTALK login is required.