TechValidate Research on Elsevier Pure

Elsevier's Pure Case Study

Aarhus University Library


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

“Pure gives visibility to our library and our capabilities in a changing academic world, where researchers have come to rely heavily on Google. It’s a gateway to the researchers and helps us maintain a productive dialog.”

“I deliver roughly 50 internal Pure reports per year, so it’s not so much a specific situation or problem — it’s just the way we do it.”


The business challenges that led the profiled company 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:
    • Researcher CVs
    • A personal collection of resources (e.g. internal spreadsheets)
    • Internet searches

Use Case

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

  • Uses Pure for the following:
    • To run reports and analytics on research output
    • To support a national assessment (e.g. UK REF, Dutch SEP, Australian ERA/HERDC, etc)
    • 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:
    • Automatic feeds from Scopus
    • Automatic feeds from Web of Science


The surveyed company 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
    • Help measure the impact of their institution’s research
  • Agrees with the following statements:
    • Pure saves time and effort: 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: Agree

About This Data

This data was sourced directly from verified users of Elsevier Pure by TechValidate.

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