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Pure support

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


Pure provides a single location for you to store information about your research, such as your 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 your own research up-to-date, providing ongoing visibility of research activities at the College.

Upgrades to Pure 

As of March 2013, responsibility for maintaining Royal Holloway's instance of Pure has been taken over by Atira, the company which develops the system (now part of Elsevier's SciVal| team). This change means we will get faster access to new features in Pure, as well as to fixes for any problems we have encountered.

Major upgrades to Pure are released three times a year. In February 2014, Pure was upgraded to version 4.18 - please follow the link to read about the latest improvements to Pure|.

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 maintainence 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 REF

Pure was used to prepare and return Royal Holloway's submission to Research Exellence Framework 2014|. Submission was made in November 2013 and current pages on Pure and REF are for information only.

Pure and RCUK Research Outcomes System

Information in Pure is used to update RCUK's Research Outcomes System (ROS). The ROS is an openly accessible web-based system which provides information about the research outcomes of grants made by AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and EPSRC. In order to avoid grant holders having to input outcomes information about their research in both ROS and Pure, the College has agreed it will supply this information to ROS centrally by drawing on data within Pure. It is essential that information in Pure is kept up-to-date and links made between outputs and projects|.   

Pure, Open Access and our Institutional Repository

Pure is also the main interface with the College's Institutional Repository. You can submit material into the Repository through Pure and in line with the College's commitment to Open Access|, this will enable 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 February 2014, it contains information about over 22,000 research outputs from 750 staff, along within details of over 1600 research projects. It also lists details of over 1,200 current research students.

Tony Greenwood
Director, Research and Enterprise
February 2014


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For general Pure support queries please e-mail purerhul.ac.uk|.

For queries relating to publications in Pure please contact Dace Rozenberga| (01784 443398).



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