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Research Services: Pure & Research Output FAQs

Pure & Research Outputs FAQs

See also the main Pure FAQ page


Why isn’t my publication on my webpage?

It may be easier to answer this by explaining what happens after you upload your publication in Pure.

  • A researcher/administrator uploads information about a research output into Pure and saves the record ‘for validation’
  • The editorial team in the Library will check the record, correct any mistakes and add in additional details if necessary and validate the record.
  • Once the record has been validated, a script runs overnight to pick it up and pass the record through to ePrints and the publication tab on the University web profile pages. The publication pages refresh over a 24 hour period. The publication should then appear on your web page.

If the record is Pure is still ‘for validation’ it will not pass through to ePrints and the web pages.

If you or someone else makes a change to the record in Pure and saves it ‘for revalidation’, it may be removed from your publications list and ePrints Soton if it is not validated before the next overnight script runs.  The editorial team works normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 9-5) so if you edit records outside this time, they will not be validated until the next working day at the earliest.

If none of the above would explain why the publication is not showing, please email


How can I tell if a record has been validated in Pure?

At the bottom of record’s window is a grey bar which will display ‘Status’ as either ‘in progress’, ‘for validation’, for re-validation’ or ‘validated’.


I only seem to be able to search on my own content in Pure, but I want to find out if my co-author has loaded the paper already.

When you go to your research output the default is to display only those that you are associated with in some way.  To be able to search all content click on ‘My content’ and remove the filter

How do I find the Pure UUID?

Each Pure record has two IDs – a short user-friendly id and a UUID that is machine friendly. 

The first is visible in the top left hand corner of a saved record.  This is a useful ID if you are communicating with the ePrints team.

The second is held in the system information tab on the Display screen.  On the left-hand side, locate and click on ‘Display’.  On the top right locate and click on ‘System info’.  You will find the UUID in the middle of the page.  The UUID is required for the creation of key publications and individual publication lists on profile pages in Site Publisher.

See the PDF guide below for how to find UUIDs for Projects and Organisational units.

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