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Getting started with Pure

Below is an overview of the key tasks researchers can perform with Pure, with brief instructions on how to get started for each. More detailed guidance on how to use Pure can be found in the Pure Manual.

Log on to Pure

Terms of agreement

The first time you log into Pure, you will be asked to read and agree to the Institutional Repository Deposit Agreement. The agreement is available to view on the Pure SharePoint Site (login required) together with the Pure Privacy Statement which outlines the use and dissemination of information.

Logging-in to Pure

To access Pure, go to and log in using your University username and password.

Please note that only academic staff, postgraduate students and designated professional services staff have access to Pure. You must also be on campus, in the Southampton Virtual Environment or using the University’s virtual private network (VPN).

Uploading your research outputs and datasets

Research outputs include journal publications, conference proceedings, books, chapters and any other demonstrable product of research. Outputs must be recorded in Pure to be considered for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) and to appear on your academic profile.

Journal articles and conference proceedings must be uploaded within three months of acceptance for publication to be eligible for the next REF.

Click the + sign next to Research output on the left hand bar within Pure to create a new output record. For detailed guidance on uploading different types of research output, please visit the University Library website.

Assigning your trusted users

If you want a member of staff to be able to access your Pure account for support purposes or to upload content on your behalf, see section 3 of the Top-10 Key Tasks in Pure.

If you want to give the Pure Support staff of your Faculty/School access to your account, add the relevant account as a trusted user. You can find a list of these accounts in the Pure Manual section 5 – Faculty support and trusted users.

Checking your data from corporate systems

Data from your HR record, funding and supervised students are fed into Pure from corporate systems. Find out more in the Pure Manual section 3 about the content in your Personal User View, section 4 on how to view and filter your content, and Appendix A about which data are and aren’t synchronised.

If you have queries about your data, please email

Adjusting your message and email settings

Pure notifies you when there is a change in content with which you are associated. You can set these notifications to be sent by email or for them to be kept within the messaging interface within Pure. It is recommended that you set Pure to send you emails and messages instantly for all changes to all content.

Find out more about notifications in Pure in the Pure Manual section 6 - Emails, messages and tasks.

Recording the impact of your research

Impact is defined as the demonstrable effect, change or benefit of your research to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia. Pure is the repository into which you can record your impact and store the associated evidence. Impact records can then be linked to outputs, people and funding, making it much easier to piece together a coherent story. 

Click the + sign next to Impact on the left hand bar within Pure to create a new impact record. Further guidance for recording your impact can be found in the Pure Manual section 9 - Impact and Press / Media.

Linking to your research projects

Pure imports information on your externally-funded projects from Agresso and allows you to record internally-awarded and non-funded research projects. Link your outputs and impact to your projects in Pure to maintain a full overview of your research portfolio. Pure will eventually become the data source for a project's outputs on the University website.

Click Projects on the left hand bar within Pure to view your funded projects. Click on the title of a project and click the pencil in the top left to enable the editing layout where you can link people, outputs, impacts and activities associated with the project. Further guidance on projects can be found in the Pure Manual section 10 - Projects.

Recording other research activities and prizes

Pure can be used to record details of research activities and esteem indicators. Examples include invited talks, editorial work and public engagement activity. Prizes, such as honorary degrees or conference prizes, can also be included within the Prizes module. These can be used with other research information to create a customised CV, and in due course will be fed through to academic profiles on the University website.

Click the + sign next to Activities on the left hand bar within Pure to add a research activity. Further guidance on activities and prizes can be found in the Pure Manual section 11 - Activities and Prizes.

Creating and storing your ORCiD ID

Pure facilitates registration and/or linkage of your ORCiD ID ( ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers globally.

  • If you have already registered an ORCiD ID with the University, this will have been transferred to Pure.
  • If you have an existing ORCiD ID registered elsewhere, log in to Pure and click Add existing ORCiD to add this to Pure.
  • If you have yet to register an ORCiD ID, log in to Pure and click Create ORCiD to create a new ID and add it to Pure.

Further guidance on ORCiD can be found in the Pure Manual section 13 - Your ORCiD ID. Further information concerning ORCiD at the University of Southampton can be found on the Library ORCiD webpage.

Creating a customised CV

Information in Pure can be used to create a customised CV in Word or PDF format. You can store any number of customised CVs with different information from Pure.

Click the + sign next to Curricula Vitae on the left hand bar within Pure and click on Private CV. Select the content you want to include and click create to get a preview of your CV, to which you can add and remove content before downloading as a PDF or Word document.

Further guidance can be found in the Pure Manual section 14 - CVs.

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