Pure – our new Research Information System

What is Pure?

Since 21 June 2021, Pure is the new Research Information System (RIS) of Erasmus MC. Pure is a database to register all research output of Erasmus MC, and also serves as a repository for publications. Pure replaced the old Metis system, and will also soon replace RePub as our repository.

Why do we need a Research Information System?

Pure is (and Metis was) our source for the legally required annual reporting of Erasmus MC research output to the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and for the future Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP). Pure is also the source for obtaining an overview of research performed at Erasmus MC, down to the level of departments. The Medical Library aims to link every Erasmus MC author to the correct department. Pure is more complete than Web of Science or Scopus, since we register (in principal) all publications, also those publications that are not present in commercial databases, for example publications in some Dutch journals.

Why a new system?

The previous system, called Metis, was old, had limited options for quality checks and was not user-friendly. Pure offers smooth import from external databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed. In addition, Pure receives a stable input of limited and up-to-date HR data of Erasmus MC employees. Pure also offers more extensive analysis and export capabilities. In the future, Pure might be the basis of an external Portal to showcase Erasmus MC research output, and possibly also research profiles and department profiles.

Which information is in Pure?

The Medical Library aims to register all research output of which at least one of the authors is affiliated to Erasmus MC, as judged by the affiliation information on the publication. In other words, research output that originates from research performed at Erasmus MC is registered. These are approximately 4500 records each year. A publication by an Erasmus MC employee which was not written from an affiliation with Erasmus MC, will not be registered in Pure. The most common research output is scientific articles, but also reviews, letters, conference papers, dissertations, editorials, books and book chapters are registered. We do not register conference abstracts, errata, data, awards and software. For each publication, we register standard bibliographic information, such as title, year, authors and DOI. We also register the correct departmental affiliation for each author. From June 2021, the full text of each publication will be stored in Pure. Full text could be the publisher version or the final author version (accepted manuscript). The Pure administrators will take care of any embargo that might apply.

What should researchers and clinicians know about Pure?

All your academic or professional publications in which you are affiliated with Erasmus MC will be registered in Pure by the Medical Library. We will search Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed for publications from Erasmus MC, and import them into Pure. You don’t have to take action yourself. For some publications, for instance those from a number of Dutch journals, we might ask you for the full text of your publication or accepted manuscript, in case we can’t retrieve the full text via regular databases or publishers. We will do that via your department’s contact person. The full text of your publications is stored in Pure so that we can make them publically available according to our Open Access policy.

Who is in charge of Pure?

The Medical Library takes care of all registrations in Pure. Pure is formally managed by the EUR University Library. For questions about Pure, please contact the Medical Library at info.mb@erasmusmc.nl.

Can I get access to Pure?

At the moment, only the Medical Library and Research Policy & Advice have access to Pure. Departments will receive an annual report of their own publications to check for completeness and accuracy of the information in Pure.

Questions about Pure?

For questions about Pure, please contact the Medical Library at info.mb@erasmusmc.nl.