About Pure

What is Pure?

Pure is created by the Danish company Atira, now part of Elsevier. Pure is used by many renowned universities around the world.


Pure enables TU/e researchers to store, administer, and publish research from within a single system, supported by project, organization and staff information. The system aggregates research information from internal and external sources; publications can be entered manually or retrieved (automatically) from sources as Scopus, Web of Science, arXiv and Mendeley.

The key concept is that every researcher on campus will become a Pure user, and will have the option to keep track of their own research(output), or delegate this task to a group administrator. Organization and staff data in Pure will be synchronized with campus HR systems, so that a relation between this data and publications can either be constructed automatically or manually. The system has features to uniquely identify a researcher based on staff information, link to their research online and download additional metadata into Pure itself. A new feature (which was not available in Metis) is the synchronization of project information into the system, which will give users a combined view on project status information and research output.

Web based interface

Pure consists of a web based interface, which is supported by many modern browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The web interface enables TU/e users to access and update their research information from anywhere without the need of installing a client on their PC. It is simply a matter of pointing the browser to the TU/e access page, and using your TU/e network credentials to log in.

Where are my publications and related metadata stored?

Pure offers two solutions for storing and hosting research information; in the cloud and local. We have opted for a local implementation, to ensure maximum security on the stored research data, and links with internal databases such as HR. Full text versions of publications will be stored within Pure, access can be restricted to world, campus only or Pure users only, with the option to keep publication (meta)data private to certain (linked) authors/users.

Open access

Pure will assist TU/e researchers in meeting the requirements set by the EU and Dutch government regarding open access. By determining publication deadlines via external sources and library staff support, and using project information that will be stored in Pure, a link between funding source and open access duties can be determined.

After implementing Pure, researchers can start using Pure’s full text repository as a means of open access publishing right away. At a later stage Pure reporting and alerting will be used to inform researchers on open access requirements related to their publications.

Where can I get more information?

FAQ: For any questions regarding the use of Pure, please consult the Pure FAQ.
For a quick start, go to Getting started.