PURE Information System

PURE Research Information System 

PURE is our system for sharing information on research across the university. It includes publications, funded projects, PhD supervision, research related activities and impact.

Aston Research Explorer is the public face of PURE. The information contained within the Explorer, such as your profile, research, supervision and activities, are drawn directly from PURE.

This means it is important to update PURE with information relating to your research profile. This can include your background, your research interests, supervisory responsibilities and other activities.

The use of PURE, and subsequently Aston Research Explorer, is a key driver for the university to meet its requirements regarding open access publishing and research data management.

Click the links above for more information

PURE is essential for reporting on our research information and increasing its visibility!

Click on the tabs below to get more information on PURE and the resources available!

*** Remember, if you are involved with public speaking and outreach, or are an external examiner, these details should be recorded on PURE ***

On this page you will find a range of guides that will be helpful when using PURE:

An introduction for new or intermittent users : For those using PURE for the first time or that want a recap

Connecting to PURE off campus : Key guidelines for those trying to connect with PURE while off site

Creating, editing and managing content in PURE : All the key knowledge for managing your PURE content

Navigating, searching and filtering on PURE : Learn your way around the system the easy way

PURE and Open Access Requirements - How to get publications on to PURE : Key tasks for Open Access

Research Data Management : Add your research metadata and archive your files

Outreach Activities on PURE: Add activities to PURE related to outreach

Recording activites on PURE - Gender Equality : Catalogue your activities particularly relating to gender equality

Adding the PURE Publications Plug-in to Easysite : Pull data from PURE into easysite webpages

If you require any other specific help, or have an idea for further guidance manuals, then

please get in touch with Paul Jones on p.jones5@aston.ac.uk

Learn about what is happening with PURE here ...

30th June 2016 - we have recently upgraded to version 5.5.3-3 of PURE. This means we now have the REF2020 module available so we can start making preparations for the next REF and this version also comes with improved reporting options and an accurate way to ensure Open Access compliance - a tool that will enable us to help you more effectively manage your publications and ensure you don't fall foul of the new Open Access guidalines.

16th March 2016 - in discussions with the makers of PURE to upgrade to their newest version. Exciting times for PURE as once we have upgraded we will be able to monitoring open access compliance and allow even more users internally to access the system. Watch this space for more information!

12th January 2016 - We have recently had a new version of PURE installed. Now it should be even easier to update your publication details and add in information regarding open access.

26th August 2015 - New dates have now been added for training on Open Access requirements and the use of PURE - we have sessions running in MB525 on the 24th September (10am), 28th September (10am) and 6th October (2pm). There is a maximum of ten spaces per session so please book through Paul Jones (p.jones5@aston.ac.uk).

4th August 2015 - Plans are in place to further update the intranet site over the course of August. By the new academic year you will have a suite of documentation that will give you all the key know how on how to operate PURE and get the most out of the system. Stay tuned for more information but get in touch if you need help in the meantime.

16th July 2015 - Our first Research Data Management session is being run. Georgina Hardy with support from Paul Jones will deliver information on new data management guidelines particularly relevant for those funded by RCUK or EU bodies. See the 'Training Course information' tab for further information.

25th June 2015 - Rollout of our 'PURE publications Plug-in' begins. We are currently in the process of providing research administration staff with details of how to install the plug in across all the schools. This plug-in will pull publication infomation directly from PURE to populate academic web pages automatically. For more information on this process, and to learn how to do it, go to the 'Resources for using PURE' tab above.

17th June 2015 - Our newest version of PURE has now been installed - this brings extra functionality to various aspects of the system and allows us to move forward with plans to further streamline open access data cataloguing and research data management integration.

Up to date information on training courses for PURE and related topics...

Research Data Management and PURE

Aston University has now adopted a Research Data Management (RDM) policy. This sets out the expectations that the University has of researchers with regards to the management and sharing of data arising from their research.  The EPSRC have also laid out clear responsibilities with respect to RDM and data sharing.  You can now upload your datasets to PURE for archiving and sharing and this will be the main tool used for meeting funders’ RDM requirements.

To find out more about Research Data Management I would recommend the following links:

Research Data Management help pages:


Resarch Data Management recorded training and documentation:


No new workshop sesssions are currently scheduled.

Open Access and PURE

There will be a rolling programme of sessions scheduled for the new academic year. For more information email Paul Jones (p.jones5@aston.ac.uk). 

New sessions in February and March 2016 - get in touch for more details!

From 1st April 2016 HEFCEs requirements for REF regarding journal articles and published conference proceedings will change. To prepare for REF the documents mentioned will need to be deposited in the institutional repository within 3 months of acceptance. Failure to meet the deadlines set by HEFCE will make your work inadmissable for REF 2020. Pure is the system used for meeting our OA requirements and it is important you understand how, and why, documents and meta data need to be upoaded to the system.

Book a session now to master the steps necessary to make your work eligible for REF. 

To find out more about Open Access (OA) Publishing I would recommend the following links:

 Open Access Publishing help pages:


 Open Access recorded training and PowerPoint slides:


Using PURE 

General sessions starting September 2015 or bespoke sessions by request. Email Paul Jones for more information (p.jones5@aston.ac.uk).

PURE has a range of different features and functionality that can be useful to researchers of all levels. Workshops can either be tailored to meet particular needs or follow more structured PURE usage. The structured sessions will pay particular attention to adding information into the system but also how you can navigate it effectively. By the end of the session you will be able to edit your profile effectively, add publications and use key modules.

This course is recommended for researchers of all levels regardless of experience with PURE.

For queries / problems with these areas contact the following people:


Email: rso_pure@aston.ac.uk

Twitter: @pureastonuni

Open Access -

Email: openaccess@aston.ac.uk

Twitter: @astonopenaccess

Research Data Management -

Email: researchdata@aston.ac.uk

Twitter: @astonopenaccess

Other useful contacts:

For Application/Awards data

Nathaniel Golden - n.golden@aston.ac.uk (ABS / LSS)

Chris Stokes - starting soon (EAS)

Karen Woodhall - k.a.woodhall@aston.ac.uk (LHS)

For Research Group Queries:

Nic Felton - n.felton@aston.ac.uk (ABS)

Susan Doughty - s.m.doughty@aston.ac.uk (EAS)

Gill Pilfold - g.m.pilfold@aston.ac.uk (LHS)

Dan Thomson - d.thomson1@aston.ac.uk (LSS)


Frequently asked questions about PURE (scroll down for answers) ...

How do I log into PURE on campus?

How do I log into PURE off campus?

How do I add a new publication (research output) record?

I want to import previous research outputs from an online source. What should I do?

Who will be able to view my content in PURE?

What is Aston Research Explorer and what information will be visible?

How is content validated?

Will I be able to link my research outputs to my staff web page?

How do I link different content within PURE?

Can someone add content into PURE on my behalf?

Why can’t I perform certain action on PURE when I know those facilities exist?

I seem to have a number of duplicate research outputs. How should I deal with these?

Some of my former research students are missing. What can I do to correct this?

How do I ensure that my profile on Aston Research Explorer is up to date?

How do I configure my personal settings on PURE?

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about PURE...

How do I log into PURE on campus?

Go to https://pure.aston.ac.uk and enter your usual IT username and password.

How do I log into PURE off campus?

To be able to log into PURE off campus you will need to be connected to the university’s private network through what is known as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.

Aston's IT department will be able to provide you with the information or software you need to set this up.

You can click HERE  to be taken to the IT page to register for VPN Access.

There is a document called ‘Connecting to PURE off campus’ which you may find useful under the ‘Resources for using PURE’ tab.

How do I add a new publication (research output) record?

To ensure Open Access regulation compliance, and to make sure your publication is eligible for REF, publication information needs to be added to PURE.

For the Green Open Access pathway staff need to add their publication information to PURE within one month from the date of acceptance. We recommend that staff either enter metadata manually, or use CrossRef to import metadata, into PURE. Once the metadata is completed, you must remember to upload a post-print / author final version of the publication to PURE to meet guidelines.

For the Gold Open Access pathway it is also recommended that you upload all metadata for the publication along with a copy of the publisher PDF to PURE.

Refer to the document ‘PURE and Open Access Requirements - How to get publications on to PURE for more information under the ‘Resources for using PURE’ tab.

I want to import previous research outputs from an online source.  What should I do?

The library are already working hard to update PURE with previous publications records of staff members. They are working back in time chronologically from present day and have already made significant progress is updating our repository.

If you are keen to update your PURE account with previous records we would recommend that you use Scopus. This is the best method as it will also import citation information as part of the upload of data.  Additionally, using Scopus will limit the number of duplicates that could potentially be created on the system as your outputs will be linked to your unique Scopus ID.

Who will be able to view my content in PURE?

Most users in PURE are personal users which means that they can only see their own content.  Any user who has been designated as a trusted user for your profile will be able to see and view all of your content. 

Management and administration staff in the School also have access to your content but this does not include information on your personal overview page.

Your content, unless specified, will then be available on Aston Research Explorer for the public to view. This allows people to see what research you have done, where you have been mentioned in the press, what your research interests are as well as any other relevant research information. If information does not exist within PURE then it cannot exist on Aston Research Explorer.

It is worth noting, that not everything that is catalogued within PURE is allowed to appear on Aston Research Explorer. Visibility settings can be set within PURE for all content and sometimes content needs to be kept confidential or restricted to the campus.

What is Aston Research Explorer and what information will be visible?

Aston Research Exploreris part of the university’s suite of webpages that presents information taken directly from PURE and puts it into an easier to read and navigate format for the general public to access.  

If content has been marked as “Public – No restriction” it will be available through Aston Research Explorer. If content is marked as “Confidential”, “Backend – Restricted to Pure Users” or “Campus – Restricted to specific IP range” it will not be viewable in Aston Research Explorer.  A typical view on Aston Research Explorer would be basic researcher profiles, outputs, activities, events and awards.  Aston Research Explorer also makes full texts available to the public and is a necessary part of our Open Access procedures.

Aston Research Explorer is crawled by websites such as Google and Google Scholar thus enabling that content to be found through various searches on those systems as well as others. We are continually looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of these webpages as increased visibility of research outcomes will usually lead to increased citations and impact.

How is content validated?

To ensure the quality of data on PURE there is a validation process for publications and some other types of content. The validation process checks issues such as the journal title, copyright and embargo information or whether there is a full text document attached. 

It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that spelling and grammar are correct as any errors identified will cause the validation to be delayed and output to be re-designated as “Entry in progress” so that these errors can be corrected.

Validation of publications is carried out by the Library.  Once an output has been validated it is then available for viewing in Aston Research Explorer.

Will I be able to link my research outputs to my staff web page?

Yes, a PURE publications plug-in has been developed for Easysite that allows information to be pulled directly from PURE into your webpage. Contact your School Research Administration Staff to find out more about getting this to work for you.

How do I link different content within PURE?

One of the most valuable features of PURE is its ability to enable associations between one piece of content on PURE and another one. For instance, you may want to link a research output to a project, a dataset or both. By making these links between different pieces of content it builds up a more holistic view of research activity within the university.

Creating links to other content is straightforward. When you have content open on PURE you will be able to scroll to the bottom of the content details. There should be a section entitled ‘Relations’ and you will be able to select what type of relationship you wish to create.

When you select what type of relationship you want to add on PURE it will automatically generate connections that already relate to you in some way. Simply click on the one/s that you want (selecting multiple items is fine) and then click Save to retain the relations.

If you want to add content that doesn’t already relate to you it is possible to search for this on PURE. A press of the space bar will list in order all possible choices that can be made.

Whatever content item you are viewing, you can view the established connections through a press of the ‘Relations’ link on the left hand side menu bar. It is located in the section entitled ‘Overview’. 

Can someone add content into PURE on my behalf?

Yes, research administration staff within each School have roles within PURE so that they can add and amend content.  If there is someone within the School that you believe should have access to PURE, and be able to add content on your behalf, please contact rso_pure@aston.ac.uk with full details of why you think this should be the case.

Why can’t I perform certain action on PURE when I know those facilities exist?

There are many different levels of permission within PURE so that we can customise the system for all users. If you believe the permissions allocated to you for your use of PURE are not sufficient, or are incorrect, please contact  rso_pure@aston.ac.uk. In the email you will need to explain the access you believe you need. This will help us to set up appropriate permissions in the system.

I seem to have a number of duplicate research outputs.  How should I deal with these?

The Library takes charge of de-duplicating research outputs. The library’s validation process includes removing duplicates and ensuring information is correct. These actions can only be completed by the library – please contact them HERE if you have a query.

Some of my former research students are missing.  What can I do to correct this?

Your School Research Administrator should be your first point of contact. They will be able to help with the information being provided by SITS. All student information is imported into PURE, and then displayed, through a live link with the SITS system.  

How do I ensure that my profile on Aston Research Explorer is up to date?

All the information on Aston Research Explorer is driven by data within PURE. This means that your profile has to be up to date in PURE as it will then transfer automatically to Aston Research Explorer.

To update your profile, you will need to be log on to PURE. It should automatically start with you on your personal page (but if not, then you can click on the ‘Personal’ tab along the top bar of the PURE system).

On this page, you will see a profile picture (if one has been uploaded) and a few key details about yourself, such as, name, title, email and work history. Just below this section should be a button called ‘Edit profile…’. Clicking this button will open up your options to add information to your profile.

In this screen you will be able to add an ORCiD ID, add a profile picture (or change it) as well as add information to your profile pages. You can click on ‘add profile information’ to add information to your profile that will then appear on Aston Research Explorer. Be sure to use the drop down menu to select from the different categories of information you can enter.

How do I configure my personal settings on PURE?

Setting up your personal settings on PURE can be really useful. It allows the system to work in just the way you want it. To adjust your personal settings you will need to click on your user name in the top right corner of PURE when you are logged in. Your username should appear next to a silhouette of a person’s shoulders and head.

Once you have clicked here, you are able to access your personal profile as well as your email settings, message settings, task settings and edit your trusted users. Each area has a range of different options once the heading has been clicked – it will be worth spending a little time exploring the options to ensure you get the information you need from the system but avoid unnecessary notifications.