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Research Services: Pure

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Upload your research into PURE here

To access Pure from off campus, you must use VPN or SVE. More information about off campus access is available here . Pure is the University of Southampton’s research information system. More information about Pure is available here.

Pure Deposit Guides

If you have any queries about depositing into Pure, please email

For guidance on how to select outputs for the REF Benchmarking exercise, please see the REF Benchmarking guide for Researchers on the Pure Sharepoint site.

For information about why publications may not be showing on your profile page, checking if a record has been validated in Pure and searching by co-author in Pure please see the Pure & Research Output FAQs.

The library and PURE

Video on how to deposit a journal article into PURE

Dealing with press and publicity restrictions

Some journals have specific pre-publication requirements (press and publicity restrictions or embargoes, including social media) such as the Nature journals, which may also extend to the bibliographic details of your paper. If you follow the procedure below you will be meeting your open access obligations for funders (including the REF) and abiding by the publishers rules.

This is what authors need to do, or if someone uploads to Pure on your behalf what you (the author) must make them aware of:

  1. Create a Pure record and deposit the accepted manuscript of your accepted research output. Record as many dates as possible, especially the acceptance date.
  2. If there is anything unusual about the record, or you know the anticipated publication date, make a note in the ‘Bibliographical Note’ field.
  3. If in doubt, mark the embargo for the accepted manuscript files as ‘unknown’ when you attach them.
  4. If the item needs to be ‘backend’ (invisible) for a limited period (e.g. press embargo) email include:
    1. Author
    2. Title
    3. Short Pure ID (from the top left hand corner of the record, once it’s been saved)
    4. Short explanation of why you are contacting them – if setting visibility or embargo, make it clear why and what level of in/visibility is required
    5. Any key dates, such as when the record can be visible, or likely publication date so they can check for it
  5. If in doubt, contact the ePrints team before proceeding.

Please note, the only date the ePrints team will set embargoes for is the epub date. This is the date when the article is made available on the journal website and enters the public domain.

Video Introduction to PURE - activities, impact and CVs

Video Overview from Library on PURE - REF2021, Open access, ORCID

Contact Us

For help or advice with any Open Access or ePrints Soton query email

Funded by Wellcome?

When adding an accepted manuscript to a Pure record that resulted from Wellcome Trust funding, please apply a CC BY licence and add;"Funded by Wellcome Trust" to the Bibliographic notes field. 

Pure Training and Support

What is ePrints Soton?


ePrints Soton is the University's Institutional Research Repository. It contains journal articles, books, PhD theses, conference papers, data, reports, working papers, art exhibitions and more. Records are created in PURE and automatically pushed through to ePrints.

The University has a policy that all research is recorded in our institutional repository, and that Accepted Manuscripts are uploaded and made available where possible.

ePrints Soton promotes research by making it available worldwide. It also feeds the publications section of the University staff web pages.


Journal article versions

Diagram showing that the submitted and accepted manuscript versions of an article are author owned, and the proof and final version of record are publisher owned

Created by the Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Libraries, available under a CC BY licence