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User Guides

If you hold a user role in our system, the user guides (PDF) on this page will help you get the most out of Pure. You can find links to this page and to the Elsevier user manual under Help and support at the bottom of the screen when logged in to Pure.

  • Expand the sections below to find user guides.
  • Most are specific to EHU.
  • Pure logo denotes a link to videos from Elsevier’s Pure Academy (you will need to register for free with the host website to view these).

These user guides are reviewed regularly so saving a copy may mean you use an out-of-date version. Edge Hill users can stay informed about updates to our user guides by choosing to watch this wiki page

For everyone:

All users should read the Research Information Policy.

Getting Started

Feedback & Support

For Researchers:

Creating/Managing Content

For Editors, Reporters & REF Co-ordinators:

Approval & Records Management



How do you use my data in Pure?

Please see the Research Office Privacy Notice. This is an extension of the University Privacy Policy.

How well does Pure meet accessibility guidelines?

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:

Venn diagram illustrating the distinct roles in Pure and their overlap with each other

  1. Person:
    • Current academic staff.
    • Current doctoral research degree students inc. GTAs/Doctoral Tutors.
    • Former staff and doctoral research degree students.
  2. Personal user – a Person who has log in rights to Pure and a public profile.
  3. User – support staff.
  4. Editor in this case refers to separate functions:
    • 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.
    • Editor – as per Reporter but with additional rights to approve or edit certain content for specific organisational units.

There are also central Administrators with rights beyond Editor and for all organisational units, some for specific tasks or content, some for 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. ‘Academic’ in this case is defined as the person’s HESA academic employment function being either teaching and research or research only.
  • Doctoral research degree students can log in to Pure using their normal EHU student log-in details.
  • GTAs and Doctoral Tutors are considered students.
  • Research assistants and technicians may not be on eligible academic contracts (as above) so would not automatically have a Pure account, in part because we need to prioritise Pure licences for active, independent researchers. If your head of department makes a case that you are an independent researcher in your capacity as an Edge Hill employee, we can have an account created.
  • 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 am an AT. Can I have a Pure account?

Unfortunately not, because the Associate Tutor role is specifically a teaching role.

If you are looking for somewhere to upload your research outputs, you could set up an ORCID account, or use a service such as ResearchGate or a third party/subject repository.

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 .

Students cannot hold editor rights.

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 I send questions or feedback about Pure?

How can I report an error with Pure?

Please fill out the Report an error form on the Research wiki . Please provide as much information as you can.

Please check for known issues first, as we may already be looking into the problem.

What training is available?

General training for staff will be bookable through MyView. These are practical training sessions in computer rooms.

General training for students will be promoted by the Graduate School.

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

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, and you know your profile better than anyone.

Staff: your current post

Your current post and department is sourced from the HR Information System. Only permanent and fixed term academic posts 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.

If your current job title is incorrect, you can notify HR by completing the Job Title Change Form on MyView.

Staff: previous posts

At first, your academic post history (going back to 2010) was imported from your record but the synchronisation with this data was later disabled, meaning you can edit some imported information on previous posts if it was incorrect. See the user guide, ‘Edit Your Person Profile’ for details.

Students: your course details

Your organisational unit affiliation displays as your home faculty. This, your name, mode, course title, etc. cannot be changed in Pure because it comes straight from your student record. If any details need to change please follow the usual procedures for updating your record through the Graduate School/Academic Registry.

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

In 2020 (date TBC), your Pure profile will begin to populate your academic profile 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.

I need to hide my profile from the public

Profiles of current staff and doctoral research degree students are public by default. After they leave, the profile is automatically hidden.

If there is good reason to hide your profile, ask your head of department to e-mail us, confirming that the situation is serious enough that there is a genuine need to hide your public profile.

This can only be done in exceptional circumstances, not due to personal preference.

This will only hide your person profile; your content (outputs, etc.) remain publicly visible.

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 doctorates 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.

REF2021: someone has proposed an output on my behalf!

This will normally be for one of two reasons:

  • We imported all outputs under consideration for the REF from the old research repository when we launched Pure.
  • Your EHU co-author has proposed the output.

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, although it will will remain in your list of proposals.

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.