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Frequently asked questions

How do I access Pure?

Current members of academic staff and postgraduate research students can log in using their University username and password at

Non-academic staff who have undertaken and published research in the last three years can request a Pure account by contacting

How do I make my publications eligible for the next REF?

You must upload your journal articles and conference proceedings to Pure within three months of being accepted for publication in order for these publications to be eligible for the next REF. Other types of research output must also be uploaded to Pure before they can be considered for submission to REF and to appear on your personal webpage.

For guidance on uploading research outputs, please refer to the Pure Manual section 7 - Research Outputs. For information regarding Open Access guidance, visit the Library website.

Where does my information in Pure come from?

The following information is drawn from corporate systems:

Personal details ResourceLink (HR system)
Awards and Projects Agresso Business World (Post-award finance system)
Equipment Agresso Fixed Assets (Equipment finance system)
Student information and supervisions Banner (Student information system)
Any errors in information drawn from corporate systems should be reported to

Who can see my information in Pure and how is it used?

A privacy statement outlining the use and dissemination of your information can be viewed on the Pure SharePoint Site (login required).

Who is the expert on Pure within my Faculty?

Each Faculty has appointed one or more Pure superusers who can provide advice. Contact addresses for Faculty support can be found on the Pure support page in the 'Support and training' section.

Why am I receiving emails from

These are automated emails generated by Pure whenever it needs to send you a notification, for instance, if you have been added as an author on a research output. 'Atira' was the name of the company that developed Pure, prior to its purchase by Elsevier.

How can I change the automated email alerts?

Whilst it is recommended that you leave your notifications on, you can customise which notifications you receive. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the Pure Manual section 6 - Emails, messages and tasks.

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