How do I register?

To register a publication in PURE, first check if the publication is already in PURE.

Uncheck the box below 'My Content', so you can search all publications in PURE:

N.B. It is not enough to search for, for example, PubMed ID (PMID). Search for example on (some of) the title and an author name.

Remember to always check for duplicates via this 'warning':

If the publication already exists, you should check that it is properly registered. If it is not, make sure it is corrected. If you do not have access to correcting it yourself, contact the person who has registered or you can write to

If the publication is not found in PURE, it must be registered. This is done by either imports from online sources, imports from previous appointments or by manual registration:

Import from online source

There are a number of advantages to importing publication information from online sources.

  • First of all, you save time when you do not have to enter all the information yourself.
  • You avoid some spelling and mistakes, eg in title.
  • DOI (digital object identifier) is automatically detected in most cases so you can immediately find and access the publication and check all information.
  • You can set name searches and receive automatic notification when there are new publications to register (import).

Always check all imported information.

Online sources that you can import from:

How do you do?

1. Click 'Add new item'

2. Select 'Publication'

3.  Choose 'Import from online source' and then the source, eg PubMed, as in the example shown

4. You can search by name, title, etc.

Note that you can also set up automatic search here.

5.  You can now (individually) import (A) or check already imported / registered publications (possible duplicates) (B)

6.  'Import and review'

7.  After import, check (and possibly) registration is checked so that all information about the publication is correct and adequate. Please note that all authors are registered correctly (names, external / internal, order, organization affiliation / affiliation (as shown in the publication). See more under 'Manual Entry' and/or Validation Checklist on the 'How do I validate' page?'.

8.  Save the registration. If the status of the publication is 'Published', it will automatically be submitted for approval and validation on the managing device. If the publication's status is not published, it will simply be saved as 'created'

Manuel registration

Check as the first if the entry can be imported. If the entry can not be imported, it is manually registered:


To add a new publication in PURE, click '+' in the left menu or click the 'Add Report' button at the top right:

If you click on '+' you will get this list of templates:

If you click on 'Add new item', you'll get the list you last used, either above or, for example, this:

You switch between the two inputs using 'Publication' and 'Guide to reporting'.

Publication category

There are four different publication categories: Research, Communication, Counseling and Teaching. All options are not visible to all templates. For example, 'Compendium' can only be 'Teaching' .

NOTE: If you report publications on behalf of others, please ask any questions about Publication Type, Publication category, and Peer Review to an author of the publication.

Peer review / not peer review

If publication is Research or Counseling, you will in most cases be asked to check whether the publication is peer reviewed or not.

Publication status

Status is set to 'Published' as default. You enter another status via the 'drop-down menu' (▼). If you want to register the publishing history, click 'Add Publish Status and Date ...' and add the new status. Only the most recent publication status appears on your AU website

Submisson year

The field 'Submission year' is not visible to everyone. It must not be changed manually.

Publication Information: Title, page number and abstract

  • Original language: Be aware that you choose the right one. Dansk stands as default in the templates.
  • Title: When you click in the title field you will be given the option to select 'Symbols and Formatting'.   
  • Duplicates:  Always remember to check for duplicates via this 'warning'

  • Page Number and article number: Remember to enter page number or article number if available.
  • Abstract: Please note that not all journals / publishers allow the use of their version of abstract.

Add authors and organisations

You must list all authors and in the order as shown in the original publication!

  • Authors who have an AU / AUH affiliation on the publication must thus be registered as AU internal authors (regardless of current employment relationship) and with the affiliation shown in the publication.
  • As a employee at AU, you will as a default be affiliated with the affiliation you have in AU's personal database IDM, ie. the organisational unit that appear on your website. But you have to use the affiliation that is indicated on the publication.
  • Add / remove affiliation, both internal and external, by touching 'Edit' to the right of the author's name. Similarly, the role (author, editor illustrator, translator) and external / internal facilitator (see below).
  • Author order can be changed (arrows up / down) and an author can be removed (see below)
  • Additions of author groupings, see authorgroups.
  • Contributions from previous employment outside the AU: see guide to external publications.

Add journal/publisher

The search box opens with suggested titles in which you have previously published. You can search for both title, abbreviations and ISSN.

NOTE: Always select - whenever possible - journals, book series, or publishers from the central database, as only these can trigger BFI points. Please note that the journal / publisher from the central database may be located at the end of a list of multiple pages, so you may need to browse to find the right one.

Import publications from previous employment or ORCID

If you come from an employment at another educational institution using Pure or have your scientific contributions registered in ORCID, you do not need to register them again.

There are three types of files we can import in Pure, PXA, BibTex and RiS. These file types contain a metadata standard that can be read by different systems.


If you come from another educational institution using Pure, you can ask your Pure Responsible to make a PXA file with your publications and send them to AU Pure Support via You can not import a PXA file yourself, it must go through the Pure Support.

PXA (Pure XML Archive) is specially built for Pure and therefore can handle more than just bibliographic metadata. For example, you will also get associated files and their Open Access status provided with this import.


Unlike PXA, these two file types contain only your publications metadata into Pure, that is, title, authors, magazine / publisher, ISBN, and other data of this kind. Many journals via their website and reference tools allow for exporting data in the BibTex format.

If you want to retrieve publications from your ORCID profile and add them to Pure, then you must export a BibTex file from the list of publications on your ORCID page:

You can import the BibTex or RiS file yourself in Pure, or you can send them to Pure Support and we will import it for you.

If you want to import yourself, click 'Add new content' or the small '+' to the right of publications. Select 'Publication' in the left menu and then press 'Import from file' and select the file type you want to import:

You can copy + paste the contents of your file into the free text box, or you can import the entire file by dragging it into the window or by clicking 'Browse Your Computer'.

Once Pure has processed your file, you will be presented with a list of the publications that the file contains and you can then import them one at a time:

When you click import, you open a new window where you can adjust, such as the author list, but you can also simply click 'Import and review' in the lower left corner and make any corrections later:

Then you will be taken to the publication editor, where you can make further corrections and save the publication in Pure.