Find out about our research information repository and search for research, researchers and expertise.

Researchers: log in to Pure here or using the link in the footer of the research portal.

Users should read the Research Information Policy that explains different responsibilities relating to Pure and the data it contains.

User Guides

If you hold a role in our system, you can find our user guides (PDF) to help you get the most out of Pure on this page.

We also have a glossary to help clarify some of the terminology you will encounter as you use Pure.

Elsevier provide two resources that may help you with Pure in general:

  1. You can find the standard user manual under Help and support at the bottom of the screen when logged in to Pure.
  2. The Pure Academy is a series of video guides on a range of functions. You will need to register with the host website (free).

Expand the boxes below to find our user guides. Most are specific to EHU but where we link to specific Pure Academy videos, this is denoted by  Pure logo.

Edge Hill users can stay informed about updates to our user guides by choosing to watch this wiki page.

For researchers

Getting started

Creating content

For editors/reporters/REF co-ordinators

Getting started

Approval & Records Management


EHU help videos: coming in 2019


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Who can use Pure?

Anyone can browse the repository but not everyone can log in to create or edit content.

There are several user roles in Pure. Members of Edge Hill may hold more than one:

  1. Person – someone with a public profile on the portal:
    • Current academic staff
    • Current doctoral research degree students inc. GTAs/Doctoral Tutors
  2. Personal user – a Person who has log in rights to Pure: only current academic staff at the time of writing.
  3. User – someone who can log in but does not have a person profile, such as certain support staff.
  4. Reporter – a User or Personal user with the ability to generate, view, edit and share reports on certain content in Pure for specific organisational units.
  5. Editor – as per Reporter but with additional rights to approve or edit certain content for specific organisational units.
  6. Administrator – an administrative staff member in a central support department with rights beyond Editor and for all organisational units. Some Administrator rights apply to specific tasks or content, some apply to the entire system.

How do I get log-in access to Pure?

  • Academic staff can log in to Pure using their normal EHU log-in details.
  • Students do not currently have log-in rights to Pure.
  • GTAs and Doctoral Tutors are considered students.
  • Support staff do not automatically have access. Because support staff can only access Pure if they have editor rights, which grant access to other people’s data, they are assigned user rights by the Research Office following confirmation from the Head of Department that such access is appropriate. Please ask your HoD to complete the Pure editor rights request form on the Research wiki .

I have encountered an error message when trying to log in

If you are in a role at Edge Hill that should have log-in access to Pure (see above) but you receive an error message instead, please click on the relevant link to the wiki provided in the message and complete the form.

We will investigate and respond as soon as possible.

How can students (inc. GTA/DT) deposit outputs to the repository?

Until we open Pure up to doctoral research degree students (expected 2019/20), you will need to contact Learning Services. While they may agree to deposit the output on your behalf, please be aware that staff outputs will take priority because of open access and REF compliance obligations.

What training is available?

General, ‘hands-on’ training will be bookable through MyView.

Editors and reporters will be offered training on a group or individual basis.

How can I get editor rights?

Because editor rights grant access to other people’s data, your Head of Department needs to confirm the appropriate level of access to the Research Office. The best method is for them to complete the Pure editor rights request form on the Research wiki .

How can I send questions or feedback about Pure?

Who updates my profile in Pure?

You are able to update your own profile in Pure (see the user guide, ‘Edit Your Person Profile’). Some departments may have an editor tasked with supporting you in this but it varies by area.

Your post and department history is sourced from the HR Information System. Only permanent and fixed term academic posts (dating back to 2010) are imported into Pure, therefore any Associate Tutor, Visiting Lecturer or non-academic roles you have had will not come through (please see the user guide on editing your profile for advice on how you can manually add these).

Post title changes that occur while you are in post (e.g. relating to a departmental name change) will not come through to Pure, and the post title shown is your last known job title in the post.

Do I need to maintain my website profile and my Pure profile?

Within a few months of launch, we hope to start using your Pure profiles to populate the academic profiles on the EHU website, so Pure will be the only place you need to go to update your profile.

More information will be provided soon but the sooner departments can confirm their Pure profiles are up to date, the sooner this change can occur: please update your Pure profile as soon as you can.

What is the ‘student thesis’ content type?

This allows you to deposit your own doctoral thesis, should you wish to do so.

It is not intended for theses awarded externally – your awarding institution should already have your thesis on its repository so you could include a link to there in your profile instead of submitting it to Pure.

You can only deposit your own thesis. You cannot deposit theses on behalf of your students.

EHU doctoral theses: at launch, we will transfer all theses into Pure from EHRA and the Graduate School will add new ones to Pure as they are awarded. In time, should Pure be opened up for student log-in, students will be asked to deposit their thesis themselves, prior to award.

REF2021: someone has proposed an output on my behalf!

We imported all outputs under consideration for the REF when we launched Pure. Any you co-authored will appear in your REF proposals.

If these are not outputs you would have proposed for your UoA, you do not need to take any action. When one author proposes an output, they automatically propose it for all of their co-authors at EHU. Your UoA Co-ordinators will review the proposal and remove it from the UoA’s submission if necessary.

If these are outputs you would have proposed for your UoA, you should edit the proposal to provide your reason, ranking, etc. to help selection decisions.