Profiles FAQs

What will the public be able to view on the Pure portal?

The public will only be able to view what an individual researcher has agreed to make visible. This may include: published research outputs, teaching, grant information and academic prizes.

My public profile is not appearing in the Research Portal

We are taking a ‘soft launch’ approach to the go live and slowly enabling profiles on the Portal. If your profile is not on the public Research Portal, follow the below instructions and the program team will activate your profile for you.

1. Please email your Head of Department requesting approval for your profile to be made public

2. Your Head of Department needs to provide you with an email response of ‘approved’

3. Forward this ‘approved email’ to Research Hub Support

4. Profiles will be activated each Friday

5. Once activated your profile will be displayed on the Research Portal

My employment data, such as job title and dates of employment, is not accurate.

There is work being done to update and ensure all HR data of all researchers is current and accurate.  Please contact to request a change to your personal data.


Is there an early view for publications?

Yes, publications can appear in the portal with the status of 'In preparation', 'Submitted' or 'Accepted / In press'.

Does Pure capture Google Scholar citations?

No, Google does not allow 3rd party access to it's citation data. Unfortunately, this is out of Macquarie University's control to manage or change. 

Does Pure capture citation figures?
This feature will be available at a later date.

How current will our publication data be?
Publications are harvested in real time. Once a publication is published an alert is sent to the researcher who will have to verify the information, once this step is completed the publication is made public.

Can I make updates to my information once in Pure?

The changes will be made by contacting the Library for publications data.  For changes to personal data, e.g., name, DOB, etc please contact

Can a video be uploaded to the Pure portal?

Videos can not be uploaded into Pure, however video links can be added into Pure. 

Can I extract my data from Pure?
When a researcher leaves Macquarie University they will no longer have access to Pure and therefore nor will they have access to their information in Pure. At any point, researchers can download their publication information in a number of formats. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for detailed steps on how to download publication data from PURE

Why is the network map showing fewer locations than it should?
The network map in dependant on associated organisations having accurate geolocation data. This information is being constantly added to the system. Additionally, the network map currently only displays publications from the last 5 years.

Why is there is no network map on my portal profile?
If Pure cannot find any publications with location data from the last 5 years, it will not show the network map.

Why are some of my publications not showing on the Portal?
Publications must be set to "Public" visibility and be Validated by the Library, indicated with the "Validated" tag, to show on the Portal. If you have claimed a publication but requested changes to it or recently added a new publication and it is currently in the workflow to be validated by the Library, you will see it in the Pure engine, but it will only appear on the Portal once the validation is complete.


Can I change which fingerprints are displayed on my profile? 

Yes, you can customise fingerprints to hide unwanted selections using the ‘x’ next to a fingerprint term. You can also hide the fingerprint in its entirety.

Fingerprints are automatically created by an algorithm in Pure using common terms across your research output. Sometimes the algorithm will pick up words that are common across your publications but have multiple meanings. As a result, Pure may assign a term that is related to the term in your research output based on this alternate meaning and might not necessarily be related to your area of research. Use this customisation feature to better reflect your research area in your fingerprint by removing irrelevant terms.

Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for further instructions and screenshots on how to do this.

Am I able to add my own fingerprints?
Not at this time, fingerprints can only be generated by Pure.

Can I change fingerprints on individual research outputs?

No, it is not possible to change fingerprints on individual research outputs.

Can I search for people with specific fingerprints?
Yes, use the functionality called fingerprint search. 


Can I create multiple CVs in Pure?

Yes, you can create and save as many CVs as you like.


Can I format the text sections of my CV and change the font?
You cannot make changes to text style and formatting of the CV in Pure. If you need to edit your CV, download the CV as a PDF or Word document and then make the changes.


What is happening to individual Researcher legacy profiles and the Research Centres and Research Groups pages on the website?

  • There is no change to existing Research Centre webpages as a result of PURE. Existing webpages will be maintained as usual. Marketing and DVC (R) Office are working on a longer term strategy for Research Groups, which will be housed in the Matrix CMS (public website).

  •  For individual Researcher profiles, Pure Profiles are expected to be complete and represent “full research output” in early 2018. 

  •  Please continue to maintain legacy profiles until Pure Profiles can be effectively leveraged to provide a reasonable replacement for these legacy profiles.  Group Marketing is currently working on a solution with the Faculty of Arts; a recommendation will be proposed before the end of August.

  • If an Academic publishes a new publication, they will need to update it on both their Pure profile as well as their legacy profile until such time as the legacy profiles are decommissioned (a progressive process that will begin after the recommended Pure-based solution is agreed upon).

  • Where departments are merged and old webpages are decommissioned for obsolete departments, Pure Profiles are used instead of creating new “legacy” profiles. Noting that these will become more complete over time.

  • Legacy profiles will  be decommissioned over time as profile information is migrated into Pure Profiles. At the completion of this process, Pure Profiles will become the source of truth for Academic profiles on the Macquarie website.

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