Penn State harnesses the power of Pure

Discover how a major university tracks its research output and promotes research capabilities


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Ranked #78 in the Times Higher Education international university rankings, Pennsylvania State University is one of America’s most respected public university systems. With 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff across 24 campuses, managing research information presented a daunting challenge. When Penn State was in search of a solution to provide data source transparency and data integrity, they turned to Elsevier’s Pure, a world-leading research information management system.


This powerful open platform is powered by the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine, which creates a fingerprint of keywords related to each researcher’s body of work. A great tool for tracking and benchmarking research output across all departments, it also makes it easy to identify potential partnerships.

Throughout the process of implementing and utilizing Pure, Penn State received direct customer support to ensure the system met their particular needs, as you will learn in this case study.

Researcher profiles

While setting up Pure, the Penn State team organized the institution’s complex hierarchy and diverse school affiliations. Penn State faculty were invited to review and edit their own profiles – or opt out if they wished.

Centralized information

Pure has broken through the silos so that faculty research information from every institute or college across Penn State’s 24 campuses can be found in one place. Pure helped Penn State develop a clear hierarchal structure so data can be viewed by individual schools and departments.

Public, searchable database

Penn State personnel and external website visitors can now find the types of research being performed at Penn State and by whom. Additional information such as available research units, core facilities and grants can also be explored in the Pure Portal accessed via an intuitive browser-based interface.

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