Research Profile and Portal

Research Profile and Portal

A summary of information from Pure is publicly available on the Public Research Portal. The information displayed on the portal is updated, added and edited through Pure.

Your Pure profile links to your current research including the impact and related activities. You can edit the visibly of content in Pure to control what is available on the portal.

Use the guides below to add information to your Pure profile.

Personalising and Accessing Pure guide.pdf

Content Visibility

How do I change the visibility of my content in Pure?

For most content types in Pure, validated content is available for the public to view through the Public Portal.

You can edit the content visibility for each content type with the guide below. It is advised that restricted visibility is minimised, please let administrators know where there is a clear requirment to keep content restricted.

Content visibility guide.

Note: overall visibility is controlled through your personal profile, both publication visibility and your own profile visibility needs to be public if you want your publications to show on the portal and on staff pages.


Public Research Portal

The Public Research Portal contains public research outputs entered in Pure, the University's research information system. The research portal links to the Aberdeen University Research Archive (AURA) where open access full text publications are available to read.

Individual Researcher Information (Profiles), School, Discipline and Research Group Information, Research Outputs, Facilities, Datasets, Impact, Activities, Press/Media, and Prizes are all available on the research portal.

The research portal and staff pages publications draw information directly from Pure. To ensure your information is up to date, please notify paperaccepted of new publications and enter all relevant content into Pure.

Note: You can edit the appearance of your information and public profile page by changing the settings in Pure. Use the guides above to do this.

You can create Highlighted Content, a list of five top items, that you want to display on the Public Research Portal from within Pure. The guide below details how to add highlighted content to your public profile.

Highlighted Content Guide.



ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, and is a universal identifier which academic authors can adopt. 

It is a unique and persistent way for researchers and scholars to eliminate name ambiguity and accurately connect authors to their works, projects and institutional affiliations throughout their career.

Who are ORCID?

The ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor IDentifier) registry is managed by ORCID (Inc.), a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2010.

ORCID is dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem by giving researchers and authors a single unique ID which works across the research landscape.

The work of ORCID is guided by an agreed set of principles.

ORCID operates internationally with its headquarters in Bethesda, USA.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

More information on ORCID and its organisational structure is provided within their FAQs.

Why Use ORCID?

It is important to establish a unique professional identity throughout your academic and research career ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent identifier for researchers, promotes discoverability of your research activities and makes sure you get the credit for the work you do.

Your personal ORCID distinguishes you from other researchers, and lets you link all your research publications and other output to your identifier, to help maximise the impact of your research. 

Reasons to have an ORCID

  • Distinguish yourself: ensure that all your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you. ORCID reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations. It improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs
  • Take your records with you: ORCID is persistent (enduring), your ORCID belongs to you and stays with you throughout your career. 
  • Quickly becoming an international standard: ORCID is interoperable and works with many institutions, research funders, and publishers across the world.
  • Recognised by Pure: ORCID helps university systems to synchronize information.
  • Helps to reduce form-filling: Enter your data into Pure, connect it with ORCID and re-use it often.
  • An ORCID is mandated by some funders: You must use your ORCID in Wellcome Trust and NIHR grant applications. ORCID is also recommended as mandatory for the next REF.
  • Open to all, non-profit and community-driven: ORCID is a non-proprietry service maintained for the benefit of researchers in all disciplines and at all career stages.
  • It's free!: Registration is free and fast for all researchers and authors, it takes as little as 30 seconds to register.
Add ORCID to Pure
Integrate ORCID to Researchfish

Integration between ORCID and Researchfish means that you are able to import your outputs from your ORCID profile into Researchfish, and then attribute outputs to your grant(s).

  1. Log-in to your Researchfish account.
  2. Expand the ORCID tab and click the "Create or Connect your ORCID iD" link.

  1. Sign-in to your ORCID account, or register for an account. 

The two accounts are now linked. Outputs added to your ORCID profile will be available for selection in Researchfish. In addition, grants from your Researchfish profile are added to your ORCID record.