Pure and Edinburgh Research Explorer

Introduction and overview of Pure and Edinburgh Research Explorer, with links to the centrally maintained Pure guidance pages.

Pure is the University's current research information system (CRIS) and is used to log all research related outputs and activities alongside projects and press clippings. Components of Pure are used in the return to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Pure is the back-end of Edinburgh Research Explorer, which works as the University's institutional repository. Additionally, Edinburgh Research Explorer contains public-facing profiles of researchers. 

Pure is supported locally by the Victoria and Sam in the Informatics Research Data Management (RDM) team, and centrally by Research Information Systems (RIS). Informatics users are encouraged to contact RDM with any Pure queries, but may also find the central guides helpful. 

Pure login page

Edinburgh Research Explorer

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Contact the Informatics RDM team

RIS Pure overview page

Guidance on editing your research profile in Pure

Guidance on adding new content to Pure

Student access to Pure

Postgraduate students normally have a Pure account, but user functionality is minimal and student profile pages are not made public on Edinburgh Research Explorer. If a student co-authors a paper with a member of staff, it is the staff member's responsibility to create an entry for the paper in Pure, or contact the RDM team for a faciliated entry. Should a student be the sole Informatics author on a paper, they are welcome to contact the RDM team directly, and they will create an entry on their behalf. While there is no University or School requirement for students to create entries for sole-authored papers in Pure, inclusion of the paper on Edinburgh Research Explorer will increase visibility more widely.  More information on Pure accounts for postgradate students is available via the central team pages. 

RIS Pure postgraduate student page