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PURE info and guides

PURE system information and user guides 
In a nutshell, PURE acts as our Institutional Repository and Research Data Management System - it can capture, order and offer the opportunity to report on a host of research activity, and we use it to prepare and submit our REF submission. Increasingly it is being used as a tool to create web profiles for staff and research networks, and for management reporting across the university. In brief PURE can; give public visibility of all research outputs on the branded UHI Research Database; Repository for research outputs (publications, films, artwork, books, reports), activities, events, interactions. Display on the UHI Research Database; Capture of research impacts information (including the ability to save related case studies); provide rich detail on research staff; hold and display detail of equipment, vessels, facilities and services; Secure in-house storage on UHI servers on UHI controlled database; Secure in-house storage of entire research datasets, and the ability to make available via the UHI Research Database; all data is search engine discoverable.

If you are employed by the university and would like access to PURE you can request access by completing the PURE new user form.


Quick start

Guide to all common tasks

Adding an output

Impact records

REF compliance



Current version - PURE5.5.3
We last took an update in July 2015, but it was a major update, to move us from the PURE4 line of the software to the new PURE5 line (this means we are on the most up-to-date and stable code that eventually will replace the older version).  This also enabled us to take the new REF2020 module to organise and submit our REF submission as we did with REF2014. Other updates included the CV function, Open Access handling and notification improvements, thesis improvements and the addition of 'Press clippings' to the standard interface and an update of the impact template.

Future version - PURE5.6.4
The next planned update to PURE is expected October 2016 which will give major improvements to our Research Database Portal with a number of new fields added to improve usability and the addition of key fields; Output download stats, Abstracs, Bibliographic note, Theses summary, Datasets summary, Projects summary and the licence applied to the work.  This release will also see more integration with ORCHID with the ability to populate your ORCID profile from PURE. It will also include the ability to add details on courses taught and Scopus journal metrics and improvements to the way SherpaRoMEO information is displayed.

Help also available on-screen within PURE
System Administrator stuart.knight@uhi.ac.uk