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 centralized system, Pure enables your organization to build reports, carry out performance assessments, manage researcher profiles, enable research networking and expertise discovery and more, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty and staff.


Capture & reuse data from multiple channels


& reuse data from multiple channels

Validate & certify your research data


& certify your research data

Profile your researchers with our Profile Refinement Service


your researchers with our Profile Refinement Service

Identify subject area experts & relevant research funding with the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine


subject area experts & relevant research funding with the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine

Report on everything in Pure & submit full returns for national assessment exercises


on everything in Pure & submit full returns for national assessment exercises

Analyze & track research progress


& track research progress

Monitor the research grant lifecycle & success rates


the research grant lifecycle & success rates

Showcase accomplishments & facilitate collaboration through research networking & expertise discovery capabilities


accomplishments & facilitate collaboration through research networking & expertise discovery capabilities

"I have been working with Pure for more than 10 years and still think Pure is the best research administration system on the market." Nils Thideman, Centre Director, Aalborg University Library


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Capture data across the world of research and reduce administrative overhead

Pure can combine 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 pre-built researcher profiles through Profile Refinement Services, plus any legacy data into a single platform. 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.

Pure delivers your institution an all-inclusive view of your researchers' activities, areas of expertise and accomplishments.

The content types in Pure, shown in the table, 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.

Person Awarded grants  Journals
Org units Projects Prizes won
Equipment Activities Press clippings
Funding opportunities Research outputs Impacts
Applications Datasets Courses Taught


Certify your research information as validated and reliable

Pure provides workflows for data validation and control, so you know your information is accurate, authoritative and complete.


Our Profile Refinement Service will create rich researcher profiles with minimal customer involvement

Take advantage of Elsevier's Profile Refinement Service to enhance your profiles. Before importing Scopus data into Pure, our Profile Refinement Team subjects your researchers' publication lists to automatic name disambiguation and rigorous manual review. New publications are automatically added to each profile as they become available in Scopus. The result: peace of mind that your author information is accurate, dependable and up to date, with minimal manual intervention.

Pure can also search the following external data sources to identify outputs associated with researchers at your institution. Pure retrieves the metadata automatically, saving researchers time and effort.

* Subject to data subscriptions

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

Pure makes it easy to create, update, and correct researcher profiles by automatically retrieving publication lists from relevant internal and external databases. Add additional content using a wide range of templates that provide structure for future reporting. By helping your researchers enhance their profiles with additional information on their scholarly activities, 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.

Generate and share personalized CVs

Generate CVs and NIH Biosketches for different requirements at the click of a button, then export them as a Word or PDF file or publish them online. Your researchers exercise total control. They determine which profile data to include and personalize their content through customized headlines and free text sections. And because Pure updates sections automatically as relevant content is added, CV maintenance is effortless.


Identify subject experts and stimulate collaboration through the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine™

To facilitate collaboration opportunities, 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.

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

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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

Identify expertise across institutions

Join the experts community and make your research programs and researchers more discoverable by peer institutions for potential collaboration opportunities. Search across the global community of Pure and SciVal Experts customers, plus a host of other platforms linked by the DIRECT2Experts initiative.

Identify and track targeted funding opportunities for your researchers

Pure helps your researchers locate relevant global funding streams through targeted funding opportunity matches to their personal Fingerprints. Users can set up alerts, share opportunities and search or browse through our funding database containing over 20,000 active grants. Administrators can set internal deadlines, create dashboards, distribute reports and more, to help efficiently track, monitor and manage all aspects of the funding discovery process.


Build and share reports and submit national assessment returns

Harness Pure's flexible reporting engine to generate and distribute validated internal intelligence to accelerate promotion and tenure evaluations, departmental and institutional assessments, and other vital requirements. Schedule Pure to run recurring reports at prescheduled intervals and email them automatically as a Microsoft® Word, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft Excel, or HTML file to your predefined distribution lists.

Streamline national assessment reporting

Secure the best possible national assessment outcomes for your organization by taking advantage of Pure to streamline the demanding process to consolidate and submit critically required data. Pure has already proved pivotal for our customers to produce quick and effective full returns for the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and Denmark's Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI). Customers in the Netherlands will soon have the power to issue Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) reporting via Pure, as will those in Australia reporting to satisfy the country's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.

"Pure played a vital role in our preparations for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), through the visibility of information and a straightforward management of the returns process." Dr Craig Young, Research Policy Manager, University of Strathclyde, UK


Track and analyze progress towards research milestones for groups and individuals

Keep track of key milestones through Pure's powerful monitoring tools. Define objectives for any research team or department, then track and analyze progress by using Pure's customizable performance indicators – including Snowball Metrics – or define your own. View progress at a glance with Pure's high-level dashboards, drill down to person- or project level detail, and click to generate instant progress reports for managers, department heads, or other Pure users.


Monitor your research grant life cycle and success rates

Pure's customizable workflows help administrators track the entire research grant life cycle, from funding opportunities and applications to final awards. Enter funding opportunities into Pure, route them to researchers, and safeguard proper approvals for applications – including limited submission grants – by establishing sign-off routes that meet your organization's requirements. You can even trace your grant success rate by researcher, department, or full institution.


Connect and collaborate

Pure's portal promotes accomplishments and facilitate collaboration through extensive networking and expertise discovery capabilities

Facilitate collaboration with Pure Portal


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

Because the Pure Portal is online, it eliminates the burden of supporting separate online profile contact pages and can help facilitate cross-institutional collaborations, economic development initiatives and other external partnerships.

Modules available in Pure

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

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 UK REF, Danish BFI, Dutch SEP and Australian 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
Import Import rich publication and citation data captured in your subscribed online databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science
Reporting 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

Case studies

Institutions around the world use Elsevier's Research Intelligence tools to answer the most pressing challenges that their researchers and research managers face.

Here are some of their stories