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Research functionality

  • How much information can the public portal show?
    The public portal will only profile what individuals have agreed to make publicly visible to reflect their academic activity such as published research outputs, teaching, grant information and academic prizes. 
  • Can the public portal be set up to show non-indexed publications?
    Yes, the Pure public portal will showcase all publications, not just those sourced from Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed.
  • Can a timeline to publication be included in data available to the public portal with early views enabled?
    Yes. It is possible to make research outputs in Pure as "In preparation". 
  • Can the CV function be used to produce content for grant applications (specifically by ordering multiple types of content)?
    The CV function provides options to produce various types of CVs to support grant applications or for showcasing on the public portal. CV creators can choose the types of content to include from publications to awards. 
  • It is also possible to set up a CV to  include certain content by criteria and to set it to update automatically when new content comes into Pure. An alternative is to set filters on a list of outputs records in Pure and export that to Word or Excel. 
  • Will the public portal show Google Scholar citations?
    No. However, publication information displayed on the public portal will be harvested by Google Scholar and made searchable in Google Scholar.
  • Can citations be turned off in the public portal?
    Citations CAN be switched off in the public portal. Yes. That is done on a page of settings. This page is however not available in our development servers yet, it can only be enabled when the portal is added and that only happens on the production environment. Citations on the portal will be harvested from Scopus, Web of Science and Alt-metrics. 
  • How up to date will our publication data be?
    Publications are harvested in real time so as soon as a publication is published, an alert will be sent to the researcher to verify. Alternatively, researchers can enter a basic record for any published research, sending it onward to the Library for processing and enrichment. 
  • Can a video be uploaded to the PURE portal and if so will it be embedded or a link?
    Video links can be embedded in Pure but videos cannot be uploaded into Pure.
  • Will our publication data be lost if we leave Macquarie university?
    If you lose Macquarie ID you will not be able to access the system.  It is possible to download all your data as files before you leave to take with you.  


  • Will Pure be able to get expenditure data in real time?
    No. Pure will retrieve expenditure data linked to research grants from the University's finance system on a routine basis. 
  • Given the splitting function for academic involvement in Pure how can we ensure grants are not counted multiple times in a report?
    Pure's data model allows grants to be affiliated correctly with each award holder's internal organisational units. 
  • Can Pure facilitate a deeper level of university wide reporting where grants are no longer reported only at C.I. level but also include collaborators?
     Yes, Pure includes powerful reporting tools that are able to report on multiple affiliations across and within grant holders. This capacity also exists for other types of awards and research outputs.
  • Where there are multiple C.I.s can Pure harvest and report on this information?
    Yes, it is possible in Pure to report on all awardees with any role including that of chief investigator. 
  • Will Pure reporting be able to assist Research Active/ Productive status (for Faculty of Business and Economics)?
     The answer to this question is still pending.Requirements gathering for reporting at the university is just beginning. Once business requirements are collated and matched to system capacity this response will be updated.
  • Can Pure interact with Sedona (for FBE)?
    IT is currently exploring this database with FBE. Generally, Pure can work with other systems by receiving data from those systems over Pure's synchornisation platform if the data in question is adequately represented in Pure's data model and if the data is supported by Pure's synchronisation framework. Other systems can also receive data from Pure over Pure's Web Service API. This will need to be explored in more detail with stakeholders.
  • Will Pure support ERA 2018?
    The Pure ERA 2018 module will be release for testing in February 2017. This answer will be updated then.
  • Let’s assume a Research Centre has been set up in the Pure system and all members of the Centre have been listed. Will Pure be able to select and pull a feed from that individual containing only those publications/projects connected the Centre? (ie not all research output from that individual).
    The Pure reporting tool is very powerful. It allows users to create various reports as long as the data and quality of data is accurate.

Getting data into PURE

  • Will journal ranking information be added into the system?
    Pure has the capacity to store, match and report on journal ranking information as well as lists of preferred book publishers. 
  • Where does data on research outputs for a researcher come from?
    Data sources will include indexing and abstracting databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed and EbscoHost as well as Faculty-specific sources. In addition, non-indexed content will be sourced from the Library's systems. 
  • Where does data on grants and awards come from?
    ARC and NHMRC will be providing their grants and awards information. Further data will be harvested from existing research systems.
  • Is legacy data reliable? (this has been raised both generally and specifically relating to legacy data from IRIS)
    Legacy data will be reharvested from different sources for completeness. Some non-indexed data, such as HERDC and ABS Field of Research Codes, will be migrated from IRIS to enrich the content. The decision has been made to not import legacy outputs data from IRIS but to instead produce legacy data for the new system by re-harvesting from multiple other sources by a controlled method  subject to human validation. For new data going forward, the production method is designed to continuously secure good data quality.
  • Can legacy data be improved before/as it is added into PURE?
    See above.
  • How will new researchers be onboarded into the system?
    A program will be  developed in due time to roll out the new system. The program will include onboarding of researchers. 
  • How much work is expected from a researcher?
    Researcher will be expected to validate 3 areas of content: personal details; publications and grants information. This data will enrich the researcher profile on the portal. The researcher can also add many other information such as conference attendance, press clippings if they wish. For output records, applications, and grants probably the same as today. CVs and filtered lists will make life easier for researchers. The portal will improve researchers' online discoverability and -presence. FingerPrinted profiles will be interesting and so will the portfolio overview, although these features may not save time. For CI's, the final overview with expenditure data should save time, too. 
  • Does a Centre need to validate all research output linked to the Centre? Will this be a manual process?
    Validation is required from all researchers and this involves reviewing publications and then clicking a button to submit. This process takes 15 seconds per output.

Project roll-out

  • When will training be offered and in what forms?   
    Pure is a very user friendly system. Training will be provided with lots of resources such as user guides and videos to support researchers. 
  • Is the project adhering the project timeframe?
    The project is still on schedule for delivery in March 2017.
  • Is the rollout of the satellite systems adhering to the project timeframe?
    The roll-out of satellite systems is still on schedule.
  • Can we communicate key messages around access rights for researchers and the need for them to validate authorship in the system?
    The project is working on change management and improving communication to the wider university community.
  • I missed my faculty’s roadshow, will there be any more roadshows?
    There will be more Roadshows planned for early December when the project will be able to show Macquarie data.
  • Tell me more about the new Research Management System – when will this be operational and how will the transition work?
    The Pure Research Management System with Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is expected to be partially launched in March 2017. This new system will manage the lifecycle of research and provide an outward facing public portal. One of its main features is the researcher profile with an ability to showcase a researcher’s publications, discipline expertise, HDR supervision, grants and projects, citations and other metrics and collaborations that are important to researchers. For this to be successful, it will be critical that researcher profile contain up to date quality research data. To achieve this we will be asking all researchers to validate their data. Training and personal support will be available as we rollout and validate the system with our research community. All Faculty Associate Deans-Research and Faculty Research Managers will be involved in the project.
  • How will Researcher Profiles be managed in the new Research Management System?
    The new Research Management System (RMS) will automatically supply information to the RMS portal to support researcher profiles, and therefore there is no requirement for researchers to rebuild their profile from scratch. Re-harvesting of legacy publications, grants and awards in the new RMS portal will go towards the showcasing of academic research profiles. Researchers will have the ability to add general information to further enhance their profile. 
  • What will happen to my current profile on the website?
    The current profile on the website will be maintained until PURE RMS is live. It is understood that most departments have staff – usually Department Administrators – who have been trained and have access to update existing profiles, so they should continue to be the first point of contact if these updates are required.
  • How much of our information will potentially be accessed by Elsevier?  If staff load information that isn't typically in the public domain e.g. grant letters, finances etc, will Elsevier be able to access this information? 
    Macquarie  will have our Pure hosted in Amazon. In order for Elsevier to maintain the MQ Pure installation Elsevier system administrators will have access to the Amazon server. And Support will have / need to have access MQ Pure backend via the Pure support user (Atira user). In the contract there is a NDA between Macquarie University and Elsevier so MQ data will be handled in safe manner. Furthermore, Pure has an audit log so all logins and changes are logged.


  •  Can I find my potential supervisor information on the PURE?
    If you know the name of the person you are looking for, you can view their research profile by searching their name in the search box then click their name link to reach their profile page. You can also find them by entering their field of research or expertise.
  • What information I will see on the profile page?
    The research profile includes:    
    Expertise and biography
    Teaching activities
    Research output
    Awards & activities
    Graph of relations

How do I find out more information?


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