Benefits for librarians

Data quality is at the heart of Pure, Elsevier's comprehensive research information management system. Librarians are often the curators of their institution's publication data and Pure makes it easy for them to maintain this information at the highest possible quality and support Open Access initiatives.

Ensure publication records are accurate and complete

  • Librarians can set Pure to automatically search in multiple online publication sources at regular intervals including Scopus*, Web of Science*, PubMed, Embase*, Mendeley, arXiv, Worldcat*, CrossRef, JournalTOC, CAB Abstracts and SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Pure finds publications which match the researcher based on variants of their name and affiliation, and Pure sends the articles to the researcher
  • Researchers claim their publications after each automatic search and librarians validate the records
  • Enhance your researcher's publication profiles with minimal manual intervention through Pure's Profile Refinement Service of Scopus content

* Subject to data subscriptions

Prevent and correct duplicate publications to maintain data precision

  • Pure easily locates duplicate records making this otherwise tedious process seamless for librarians – it even flags potential duplicates at the point of import or creation
  • Create a complete record by merging duplicates in a special user interface where the librarian can choose which section of each record to retain, such as the author list from one record and the abstract from another
  • Pure ensures relevant information isn't lost by keeping all content related to the duplicate records intact and automatically associating it with the master record – ie. a merged record from Scopus and WoS maintains both source IDs, which can be used for searching

Support Open Access (OA) initiatives

  • Identify the OA status of journals directly in Pure, which uses the Sherpa RoMEO API to display information about publisher's archiving policies for each title
  • Encourage researchers to add full-text articles to their profiles by making them aware of OA possibilities via the journal's RoMEO colors
  • Track full-text deposits by accessing a summary of all OA outputs, as well as the number of OA outputs with and without full-text
  • Identify additional full-text opportunities by finding outputs that could be made OA
  • Automatically feed data from Pure to the organization's Institutional Repository (IR)  - Pure supports DSpace, ePrints, FEDORA and Equella

Collaborate with researchers and administrators to enrich research information

  • Librarians can tag entries 'For Validation' and Pure instantly shares the content with the researcher for confirmation – email alerts can be set daily, weekly or monthly as specified by each researcher
  • Approved content is tagged as 'Validated' and locked for editing to ensure the data remains intact - administrators can turn on Pure's re-validation feature to make further changes at any time but still ensuring that they will be notified if core data on a record is changed.
  • Pure provides default workflows for different content types - ie. outputs,  activities esteem, external collaborators, etc. - which are used by most institutions, but each institution can customize the workflows to meet their individual requirements

Categorize data in order to support tailored reporting requirements

  • Classify research data in different categories for more targeted reporting
  • Apply multiple classification schemes to research data to satisfy local and national reporting requirements - i.e. classify a research output under both a specific subject area, as defined by governmental standards, and by Scopus subject classifications
  • Researchers can add "free keywords" to records in Pure for subject areas where standard ontologies are not specific enough

Ensure transparency throughout Pure with complete audit logs

  • Ensure the quality and integrity of the data stored in Pure - the entire history of each individual data item in Pure is systematically logged, securely stored, and made available for system administrators or users with special privileges
  • Each time a user creates, changes, deletes, views, or reports on content, it is logged together with timestamps, user IDs and details of the change

Encourage usage through systems integration

  • Pure integrates with your library systems through the Z39.50 protocol, enabling researchers to search directly in Pure from the library system through the Z39.50 protocol, enabling researchers to search directly in Pure from the library system
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