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What is PURE?  

PURE is an application created by publisher Elsevier to catalog and display information captured through its indexing service Scopus.  PURE allows retrieval of information on investigators, research units, and research output (i.e. publications and to a lesser extent funding).

The Research Nebraska portal is a joint display of the output between the four NU System campuses (UNMC, UNL, UNO, and UNK) and Boys Town National Research Hospital.

PURE aggregates information from internal and external sources into a single platform enhancing the visibility and discoverable of research across the state.

Who is included in Research Nebraska?  

Over 1800 faculty researchers across the state and faculty members of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR network are included in the Research Nebraska instance of PURE.

Each participating institution has criteria for who they will enroll in the PURE instance. Because the unique algorithm used to create each faculty's "fingerprint" is based on publication data, a minimum requirement for all campuses is that there must be at least one publication authored by the faculty member indexed in Scopus. 

If you are a faculty member who believes you should be included contact your campus PURE manager.

How does PURE populate profiles?  

Names, rank, titles, department, and contact information are populated by campus managers from their records and internal sources.  Memberships are often provided by program project managers.

Research output (publications), citation counts, and h-indices are captured from Scopus.

"Fingerprints", or key concepts are associated with each profile, generated by Elsevier based on a researcher's publications, research interests, and prizes.

Social media mentions are noted through PlumX and Altmetric.

How reliable are PURE data?  

Pure includes feeds from Scopus as well as manual entry of scholarly output and activities not captured by Scopus.  While efforts are made by Elsevier to account for accuracy in the data it is possible to have missing publications as well as publications not authored by a faculty member in question.

Inclusion of ORCiD will assist the profile refinement process.  Please contact your campus library for assistance with attaining an ORCiD number. 

Available publication and citation data are limited by the indexing policies of Elsevier at the time of publication. Citation data will likely vary from Web of Science or Google Scholar statistics. Manual entries of publications will not contain citation counts in Pure.