Research Information Systems

PURE and Research Professional are provided and supported by the Research Office for use by research staff across the university.  The system administrator for both systems is - please contact him if you are having any difficulty, seek training or want to make any suggestions for improvements. For all other applications mentioned below please contact the vendor, or the UHI helpdesk.

If you are looking for information on eJournals or Collections visit the university library eResources pages or library information.

The sections below describe some the main applications in use across the university, but is by no means exhaustive; click the headings to read more about each item.  Colleagues around you will know of specific applications that are currently used within your discipline, and are often open source (free). Be aware, if you use any of these other applications, they will generally not be supported by university ICT teams and you must be careful to ensure you download from trusted sources (so as not to inadvertently download viruses or additional 'bloatware').

Research publications, activities, impact, profiles

PURE (PUblication REsearch) stores and makes public UHI research information; researcher profiles, research activities, press coverage, data & additional files. We also prepare and submit our REF submission using PURE.

Research funding and news, funding alerts.

Search for research funding opportunities relevant to you, keep up to date with research News, Sponsors or Jobs, set alerts for new funding calls that match the criteria you set. Search by funder/text/country/discipline; once a phrase is entered results are displayed in order of relevance and can be saved or emailed to colleagues.

Reporting tool used by a large number of research funders

A tool used specifically to report on research outcomes on a project (or award) basis. The purpose is to enable research funders to track the impacts of their investments and the data uploaded is only visible to the awarding body and the responsible PI.

Abstracts, citation data, full text documents

The university subscribes to the Scopus database of scientific papers giving UHI researchers access to papers from across the world and disciplines.

Full text articles for free

This is a tool to find open-access versions of paywalled research papers: it is currently available as an extension for Chrome and Firefox.  It helps you to source free, legal, full text versions of research papers as you browse.

Academic networking and profile building

Both ResearchGate and Google Scholar are well known within the sector; both applications offer a place to build professional networks.

Managing your 'active' data

Data you are currently processing and analysing has different demands than data you want to archive, what are the options?

Organise, analyse and find insights in unstructured, or qualitative data

Nvivo is an external piece of software but the university pays for a staff and students to use this tool to help in analysis of qualitative and mixed methods research. It’s designed to help you organise and analyse qualitative data like: interviews, open-ended survey responses, articles, social media and web content.

Mining text for insights

Some tools to help you mine research papers or web pages for specific key information.