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Pure research profiles

Research profiles for academic research staff and postgraduate research students are created and maintained in the University’s research information system, Pure.

Profiles created in Pure are available to view on the Research Explorer portal on the University’s website. The Research Explorer portal showcases not only research profiles but also a wide range of publicly available research activity including publications, datasets, press/media coverage as well as much more.

All the information on Research Explorer is indexed by the main search engines so that content is discoverable, and all content is fully searchable, allowing visitors to the University’s webpages to search across the breadth of research expertise at the University.

Find out how to set up your research profile in Pure.

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“We all know that technology has fundamentally changed the place of books and libraries in our lives. It's very impressive to see how our University librarians have adapted and are at the forefront of the modern way we read and access information.”

Dr Rene Breto / Reader in Astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Make your research open access

The Open Access (OA) Gateway helps researchers meet the OA requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the University's Publications Policy. Eligible authors can also apply for OA funding.

When you have a paper accepted for publication, submit your Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) to the Library for deposit to Pure.

The Library will ensure that your paper meets the OA requirements for the next REF by verifying the manuscript version, checking applicable journal and funder policies and setting embargo periods on publication.

Find out more about the Open Access Gateway

Maximise social media reach with Open Access+

Since 11 March 2019 the Library’s Open Access Gateway for depositing author-accepted manuscripts has offered an additional tick box enabling researchers to request customised guidance to help raise the visibility of their paper once published.

Find influential Twitter users

Researchers who opt in via the Open Access+ tick box will receive an email with spreadsheet attachment listing influential Twitter users (identified by the Library’s Research Services team) likely to have an interest in their publication or subject area.

Share posts from the Open Access+ feed

The Library will also promote the publication via an Open Access+ Twitter feed to support maximum readership and, ultimately, aid the potential for greater research impact. This compliments an existing tick box allowing authors to indicate that they would like their paper to have a press release if it may have potential to generate media attention.

Researchers and their Institutes or Schools can simply retweet posts from the Open Access+ Twitter account as a simple way of ensuring all relevant links and tags are shared for maximum publication impact and analytics.

Follow the feed or find out more by contacting Stephen Carlton, Research Services Librarian or your Academic Engagement Librarian who will be happy to meet with you or researchers in your area to explain more.

Access Altmetric reports

The Library subscribes to a tool called Altmetrics Explorer which helps authors conveniently track how their research is being discussed by non-academic audiences across platforms such as news, blogs, social media and policy documents.

Find out more about Altmetrics Explorer

Using Kudos

Sharing a plain language translation of a paper makes it more likely to be picked up by key non-academic stakeholders such as journalists, government officials and the private sector.

The Library subscribes to a tool called Kudos which makes it easy to produce a non-technical description of research to be shared across social media.

Register for a Kudos account