Pure facilitates an evidence-based approach to your institution's research and collaboration strategies, assessment exercises and day-to-day business decisions.

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Pure facilitates an evidence-based approach to your institution's research and collaboration strategies, assessment exercises and day-to-day business decisions.

Research information is often fragmented across various systems and spreadsheets within an institution. This leads to administrative overhead, inconsistent and incomplete data and unreliable reports, all of which adversely affect business decisions.

Pure aggregates your organization's research information from numerous internal and external sources, and ensures the data that drives your strategic decisions is trusted, comprehensive and accessible in real time. A highly versatile system, Pure enables your organization to build reports, carry out performance assessments, manage researcher profiles, enable expertise identification and more, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty and staff.

Comprehensive research information management

Pure combines your institution's internal systems such as your HR, student administration, finance and award management systems, along with a variety of external data sources including refined Scopus profiles, plus any legacy data into a single platform. Authorized content is then displayed online to showcase your researcher's achievements and stimulate collaboration. An advanced enterprise-wide system, Pure validates the information through workflows that support your existing business processes. Researchers, administrators and delegates enter supplemental data just once and personnel throughout the organization use the information in Pure for a wide range of purposes.

Capture data across the world of research

Pure delivers your institution an all-inclusive view of your researchers' activities, areas of expertise and accomplishments. The content types in Pure, shown below, are highly interconnected so a user can identify a person through related outputs, activities, projects, funding and more. These relationships allow your institution to report across all content in the system without limitations.

By helping your researchers enhance their profiles with more information on their scholarly activity, funding, intellectual property, creative works and other areas, your researchers can reveal a more comprehensive picture of their expertise and become even more discoverable by potential collaborators, both internally and externally. Trusted users can also enter data on behalf of researchers.

Person Awarded grants  Journals
Org units Projects Events
Equipment Activities Press clippings
Funding opportunities Research outputs Impacts
Applications Datasets Student theses

Manage research outputs easily

Pure searches the following external data sources to identify outputs associated with researchers at your institution. Pure retrieves the metadata automatically, saving researchers time and effort. An optional Profile Refinement Service, requiring minimal customer involvement is available to populate Pure with precise, current and reliable publication lists for your researchers using Scopus data.

Scopus®* Mendeley JournalTOC
Web of Science* arXiv CAB Abstracts
PubMed Worldcat®* SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System
Embase* CrossRef  

* Subject to data subscriptions

Pure helps research managers at your institution

  • Create and distribute reports to analyze the performance of researchers, teams, departments or custom-made groups
  • Set targets using customizable performance indicators and track progress through advanced, customizable dashboards
  • Track, monitor and manage the entire research grant life cycle, from funding opportunities, applications and their success rates, to awards and related projects
  • Oversee and fine-tune internal and external collaboration networks
  • View high-level summaries and analyses and drill down to person, organizational unit or project level
  • Support national research assessment exercises including:
    • UK: Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 
    • Denmark: Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI) initiative
    • Australia: Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)*
    • Netherlands: Standard Evaluation Protocol*

* Support in development

Pure helps researchers at your institution

  • Easily manage their profiles through automatic publication retrieval
  • Create personalized CVs and export them as a .docx or .pdf
  • Enhance the visibility of their profiles and areas of expertise to the research community, government agencies, industry, media and the public by automatically publishing their activities and achievements online
  • Identify their peers' expertise for potential collaboration – down to the most precise terms – through our exclusive Fingerprint Engine™.
  • Provide information for reports to ensure reporting is based on current and complete data
  • Automatically populate the institution's institutional repository (DSpace, ePrints, FEDORA and Equella) with the information they provide in their profiles

Pure helps librarians at your institution

  • Assure high data quality within Pure by managing Pure's workflows
  • Assist with keeping researchers' publication histories current by managing automated scans of multiple online publication sources, easily merging duplicate records and providing accurate lists of Scopus articles through the optional Profile Refinement Service
  • Increase the visibility of the content in Pure by integrating it with the library systems
  • Heighten awareness of Open Access publications available within Pure through the Sherpa RoMEO API
  • Systematically tag institutional data using the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine to enable discovery of historic data

How it works

Tailor Pure to your organization's needs through its optional feature-rich modules.

Functionality Description
Administration Perform essential create, read, update and delete tasks to all content types in Pure, plus other essential capabilities from controlling user access to administering workflows
Assessments Take advantage of Pure's rich data repository to consolidate and submit full returns for assessment exercises such as The REF, BFI, SEP* and ERA*
Award Management Track and monitor the entire research grant life cycle, from current funding opportunities, applications and their success rates, to awards and related projects
CV Allows researchers to create multiple CVs for different purposes, Includes rule-driven automatic updates whenever new content is added
Funding Discovery module Search for funding opportunities or receive targeted recommendations from SciVal Funding to profiled researchers in Pure based on their publications and receive potential collaborators suggestions. It also enables research administrators to track the opportunities and help form effective research teams.
Import Import rich publication and citation data captured in your subscribed online databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science
Reportings Advanced report creation and distribution capabilities for all Pure content. Users can create new reports or modify existing ones. Apply targets to predetermined research performance indicators for your departments, then track and share performance updates via at-a- glance reporting dashboards to help realize strategically important goals


*In development for 2014

Additional modules and functionality available in Pure

Functionality Description
VIVO Join VIVO quickly and easily with Pure, which will be fully compatible with the VIVO ontology. Pure will share your institution's profile information as linked data, saving you substantial time and resources necessary to launch and maintain your own system.
Direct2Experts DIRECT2experts is a community of insitutions whose goal is to improve collaboration amongst its members. It brings together different institutions using different profiling systems into a single search interface, from which Pure customers will be able to benefit.
Community Pure Experts Portal customers will be able to choose whether to participate in the Community. By joining the Community, you will make your research programs and researchers more discoverable by peer institutions, and you can run searches for collaborators in other organizations.

Profile Refinement Service – bringing validated data into Pure with minimal customer involvement

We recognize the importance of data quality to your institution. Before importing Scopus data into Pure, our Profile Refinement Team subjects your researchers' publication lists to automatic name disambiguation and rigorous manual review. The result: peace of mind that your author information is accurate, dependable and up to date, with minimal manual intervention.

Elsevier Fingerprint Engine

Unlike competing tools that merely return lists of abstracts, Pure applies semantic technology and 10 different research-specific keyword vocabularies to analyze a researcher's publications and grant awards* and transform them into a unique Fingerprint™ - a distinct visual index of concepts and a weighted list of structured terms. Integrated into Pure's search engine, Fingerprints make it easy to understand the meaning of an article, assess the expertise of a researcher or department, and identify research authorities in even the most specialized fields.
*Available from mid 2014

Pure applies 10 different field-of-research specific vocabularies, or thesauri, to deliver precise terms representing each researcher's unique expertise, whether the researcher specializes in the life sciences, engineering, physics, the arts and humanities or another domain.

Vocabularies supported by Pure cover the following areas of research, and more thesauri will be added over time:

Agriculture and Biology Engineering and Materials Science
Arts and Humanities Mathematics
Business and Economics Medicine and Life Sciences
Chemical Substances & Compounds Physics and Astronomy
Earth and Environmental Sciences Social Sciences

More information about Elsevier Fingerprint Engine

Connect and collaborate: Pure's portals promote accomplishments and facilitate collaboration through expertise profiling and research networking capabilities

Pure enables you to exhibit your organization externally, promote researchers and their accomplishments, and facilitate collaboration via a specialized web portal. 

Choose between the Institutional Portal's ability to display a wide range of content types online, the Experts Portal's research networking functionality, or pick the functionalities you want to use from both options.

Support during and after your implementation

A specialized implementation team works closely with each institution to ensure a smooth deployment of Pure. After initial onsite meetings, bi-weekly online meetings are arranged to keep the project on track, and Elsevier's support staff provides you with post-implementation assistance. Support from peer institutions is also available through Pure user groups, which meet on a regular basis.

Controlled access

Within Pure, administrators can grant users access to the system based on their role within the institution or the faculty or school to which they belong, ensuring that users are only able to view, edit and report on the content relevant to them. Researchers and other users with sufficient rights can also mark content as confidential, making it visible only to the users that are associated with the content, as well as relevant editors and senior administrators.

The intuitive and well-designed user-interface has had excellent feedback from our regular academic users of Pure.

Rachel Curwen
Research Strategy and Policy Officer
University of York, UK

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The Pure Helpdesk is available during European working hours at +45 96 35 61 00

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