How we validate

The list below is what we check when we validate publications submitted in Pure.


  • Is the template correct (publication type)?
    This is especially important the check when the publication was imported form an online source, and Conference preceedings.
Publication type
  • It is the researcher's responsibility to make sure the type is set correctly (research, commissioned, communicated, education)
    The validator will notify the researcher of any errors or information that appears incorrect.
  • If "Commissioned" is marked a requester should be added if possible.
Peer review
  • The researcher is responsible for setting the correct peer-review status. The validator will notify the researcher if the status seems incorrect or is unclear from the publication itself.
Publication status
  • A journal article that does not have Volume or Issue information is investigated to see whether the publication has been published in its final version, or whether it in reality is published as e-pub ahead of print.
  • Only publications published in their final version can be validated.
Publishing year
  • Publication year is checked agains what is stated on the publication.
Submission year
  • Submission year is ideally the same as publicaiton year. Submission year is the year the publication was submitted in Pure and is used to control the workflow process for publications.
Authors and affiliations
  • If list of authors is complete.
  • If authors are correctly set as internal and external (to AU) persons.
  • If authors are affiliated to the correct organisation(s). Affiliations follow what is on the publication.
  • If role assignment is correct (author/editor)
  • Journal and Publisher are selected form the Central database if possible.
  • If the publication is published as a book or conference series this information is also added.
Electronic version(s)
  • If the publication has a DOI this is added. A DOI always start with "10".


The video below describes an issues in Pure that we often experience when importing from online sources such as Web of Science, Scopus and PubMed.

Direct link to the video on Youtube - Watch it here in full screen.

About validation

Validation of a publication is the final stamp of approval, assuring that the information is correct and adequate.

Publications in Pure are used in various processes at Aarhus University:

  • Allocation of funds through the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator, primarily known as BFI
  • AUs key figures: benchmarking tool and documentation towards the development contract
  • Management information on every level of the university
  • Content for the researchers personal page on AUs web pages.

Validation must always be carried out through a comparison between the original publication and the corresponding Pure registration.

If you are in doubt as to how you obtain access to a publication, you can get advice from your local branch of AU Library. If you have questions regarding validation you can contact your local Pure contact person or write to the central Pure support: see support options