TechValidate Research on Elsevier Pure

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381 Customers Surveyed

2,545 Data Points Collected

226 Published TechFacts

6 Published Charts

16 Published Case Studies

Selected Research Highlights

Elsevier's Pure Customer Research

How would you gather information on your institution’s academic and research output if you did not have access to Pure?

A personal collection of resources (e.g. internal spreadsheets)
Researcher CVs
Internet searches
Anecdotal evidence and examples
I'm not sure I would find this information without access to Pure

Elsevier's Pure Customer Testimonial

Pure helps to maintain and improve research data and to make it available, e.g., for our website.

Gregor Prinzensing, Technical Support, Institut fuer Raumbezogene Sozialforschung

Elsevier's Pure Customer Testimonial

What benefits have researchers experienced since Pure has been adopted on your campus?

*Easier research input
*Easier to create personal profiles

IT Professional, Educational Institution

Elsevier's Pure Customer Research

How our customers are using Pure

What do you use Pure for?

To run reports and analytics on research output
To promote your researchers and their expertise to the world
To manage researcher profiles
To do faculty and academic activity reporting
To support a national assessment (e.g. UK REF, Dutch SEP, Australian ERA/HERDC, etc)

Elsevier Pure Case Study

The University of Edinburgh


This case study of The University of Edinburgh is based on an August 2017 survey of Elsevier Pure customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Research Management is a complex and broad environment. The user community and the openness with which they share about how they are using Pure is great. You can find out about things before you go through the pain of trying them for yourself. Also sharing best practices is excellent and engaging, particularly in new releases.”

“The REF module is really good. It supports the process for gathering the information needed for the REF. The new dashboard in the 2020 module are very good.”


What features in Pure made the University of Edinburgh select Pure:

  • Pure simplifies the process of connecting existing data with Pure during the implementation process
  • The IT team can easily work with software updates without worrying about data loss or software compatibility

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Elsevier Pure that The University of Edinburgh uses:

  • The integration with external data sources & existing systems (e.g. Scopus, Web of Science, their HR system, their finance system)
  • The institutional repository functionalities


The University of Edinburgh achieved the following results with Elsevier Pure:

  • Strong open access monitoring & compliance features made their job easier
  • Pure simplified faculty & academic activity reporting
    • Pure provided a comprehensive platform to more efficiently promote research achievements
  • Pure & the Pure Portal made it easy to track research collaborations which benefited their university

Elsevier's Pure Case Study

University Of Namur


This case study of University of Namur is based on a November 2016 survey of Elsevier’s Pure customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Because it is collaborative, Pure has enabled a global effort (but with minimal personal involvement) to show researcher’s results to the world.”

“Each time we have to provide a report to an equipment’s funding supplier, we have to show research outputs created thanks to the equipment. It is now a question of seconds to give an answer to the funder.”


The business challenges that led the profiled organization to evaluate and ultimately select Elsevier’s Pure:

  • Would gather information on their institution’s academic and research output via the following methods if they did not have access to Pure:
    • A personal collection of resources (e.g. internal spreadsheets)
    • No other method

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Elsevier’s Pure that the surveyed organization uses:

  • Uses Pure for the following:
    • To promote their researchers and their expertise to the world
    • To manage researcher profiles
    • To do faculty and academic activity reporting
  • Uses the following data sources in Pure:
    • HR data (e.g. Departmental structures, researcher CVs, etc.)
    • Finance data related to grants and awards
    • Automatic feeds from Scopus


The surveyed organization achieved the following results with Elsevier’s Pure:

  • Uses Pure to achieve the following outcomes and objectives for their institution:
    • Save time and effort in compiling data for internal and external reports
    • Provide an evidence-based understanding of research collaboration patterns
    • Is used for research/results promotion
  • Agrees with the following statements:
    • Pure saves time and effort: Strongly agree
    • Pure provides them with new insights they wouldn’t otherwise have: Agree
    • Pure organizes multiple data sources on campus and makes advanced reporting and analytics possible: Strongly agree
    • Pure helps with setting their research management strategy: Agree
    • Pure helps them provide answers to their internal stakeholders: Agree
    • Pure helps showcase their institution’s researchers and output to the world: Strongly agree

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About Elsevier Pure

Pure aggregates your organization's research information from numerous internal and external sources, and ensures the data that drives your strategic decisions is trusted, comprehensive and accessible in real time. A highly versatile centralized system, Pure enables your organization to build reports, carry out performance assessments, manage researcher profiles, enable research networking and expertise discovery and more, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty and staff.

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