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Pure support

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


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 post 2014 REF

Pure was used to prepare and return Royal Holloway's submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and it will be used to collect and analyse information for the post 2014 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

During the Autumn term of 2014/15 the new module was implemented and is currently being rolled out. AMM will have two specific functions, firstly it will be the repository for storing all research grant application data and secondly it will host an online internal approvals process.
PIs will be requested  to add details of all new grant applications directly to Pure, in much the same manner as publications or other outputs are currently entered. The internal approvals process will also be conducted via Pure. Guidance on how to do this is available in PowerPoint  format or please contact your relevant Research Support  Officer in R&E for one to one guidance.

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 or Symplectic Elements. 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 Spring 2015, Pure will serve as College's research data catalogue for academics to record information about their datasets and how they 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 web 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 August 2015, it contains information on over 25,000 research outputs from 831 staff, along within details of over 1,900 research projects. It also lists details of over 1,200 current research students.

Tony Greenwood
Director, Research and Enterprise
August 2015


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