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Pure support

20140124HollowayOverviewPure is Royal Holloway's research information system. To log in to Pure, please visit:


View Royal Holloway's research outputs and researcher profiles

Pure provides a single location to store information about research, such as publications, collaborations, research projects and grants etc and the associations between them. Having been entered into Pure once, data can be used for a variety of purposes, including automatic population of personal and research group web pages and creating CVs and bibliographies. Pure is designed to make it as easy as possible to keep information about research up-to-date, providing ongoing visibility of research activities at the College.

Pure Policy

In May 2011 the College Research Committee approved the policy on the population and maintenance of the Pure research information system. This document lays out the key principles of its organisation and usage as well as explaining the roles and responsibilities for the population and maintenance of data within Pure, including the crucial part played by individual members of academic staff. More details and the document itself can be found in the Pure Policy section.

Pure and the next REF

Pure was used to prepare and return Royal Holloway's submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and it is being used to collect and analyse information for the next REF. Therefore, it is essential that Pure profiles are updated regularly by staff. View the REF open access pages to find out how to record information in Pure to meet the Open Access requirements.

Pure Awards Management Module

Pure is used as a repository for storing all research grant application and award data for the College. Currently all information in Pure related to grant applications and awards is administered solely by R&E. Applications will be added to Pure as they are approved/submitted and they will be updated when we are advised of the outcome. The information in Pure is used to report to the College's Research Committees and Heads of Departments therefore please inform R&E when you become aware of the outcome of any grant proposals, including those that are unsuccessful.

Pure and Researchfish (RCUK)

Until 2014, information in Pure was used to update RCUK's Research Outcomes System (ROS) through a central bulk upload from Pure to ROS. The advantage to our staff was that this upload from Pure to ROS removed the need for our staff to enter the same or similar information twice, once in Pure and then in ROS. However, through its "Research Outcomes Harmonisation Project", the collection of outcomes information will no longer be collected through ROS but through a system called Researchfish.  Unfortunately, at the moment Researchfish does not have the capability of handling bulk uploads from very widely used research information systems such as Pure. Still, it is essential that information in Pure is kept up-to-date and links made between outputs and projects because this information is used for reporting to RCUK on our open access compliance status.

Pure and Research Data Management

From October 2017, Figshare will serve as the College's research data catalogue for academics to record information about their datasets, share and obtain long-term storage for their data. Kindly note it is still College policy that researchers provide a Data Access Statement along with all publications submitted to Pure stating where the underpinning data can be accessed.

You can read more about research data on the Research data management pages.

Pure and Open Access

Pure provides Open Access to research publications, which enables research outputs be made freely accessible in the public domain.

Pure and the College website

The Pure portal operates alongside the main College website and has been “skinned” to appear identical to the main website. Departments can decide how Pure integrates with their Contensis generated websites.

Current status

Pure was launched at Royal Holloway in September 2010. As of September 2017, it contains information on over 31,500 research outputs from 1000 staff, along within details of over 2,300 research projects. It also lists details of over 1,200 current research students.

View Royal Holloway's research outputs and researcher profiles

Tony Greenwood
Director, Research and Enterprise
September 2017


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