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University of Southern Denmark Research Portal

The University of Southern Denmark’s Research Portal offers a public access to research and expert areas at the university. If you need help to get started using the portal or to edit your own information displayed here, please see the FAQ below.

Below you will find an FAQ which answers questions regarding the new features of the Portal. The first part of the FAQ concerns the functionalities of the Research Portal and the subsequent part concerns how you edit information displayed on the portal. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please contact the Pure office at

The Research Portal

Are you looking for a specific researcher? You can search for the name in the search field on the front page. Are you looking for an expert in a certain area? You can make either a standard search or a concept search.

In standard search you can combine search terms. You can use the Boolean operators AND or OR, and you can truncate a search term with * or use ? as a wildcard. You can search in Danish or English.

An example could be:

surroga* AND wom?n

A concept search is a way to narrow your search for an expertise to only the most fitting researchers or research. This search method uses computer generated keywords – called Fingerprint – assigned to content and persons and only returns results where search terms are used as keywords.
A concept search will only return the five most used concept terms matching your own search term. Researchers and content displayed will be those most fitting to these five concept terms.

The Research Portal uses the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine to analyze text to identify concepts that make up a fingerprint for the individual publication or prize. The Fingerprint tool analyses and extracts concepts for all publications and prizes that are registered with an English title and an English abstract placed in the fields designated for English text. Based on the publications registered in Pure the Fingerprint Engine also generate a unique Fingerprint for all people and organizations in Pure.  It is still possible to add manual keywords as usual. They will not interfere with the Fingerprint tool.

Some publications will have icons for PlumX metrics and Altmetrics. The metrics captures usage and citations in various aspects. The metrics are integrated into the Research Portal by design and is not from SDU’s Pure system but is retrieved in other ways. Both metrics utilize DOI numbers to identify publications. Therefore, it can be beneficial to add DOI numbers to publications in Pure when possible. DOI numbers are recognizable by always beginning with 10.

If a file uploaded in Pure gets downloaded from the Research Portal, you will get a metrics counter showcasing the total number of downloads of that file. Downloads performed by web crawlers and robots are not counted.

The Research Portal displays data from SDU’s research information system Pure, which can be accessed by employees at Information regarding researchers and research units is imported from SDU’s HR-system HCM.

Pure receives one nightly update from HCM, which means that changes and corrections made on researchers or research units will take effect in Pure the day after they were entered into HCM. On top of this, it can take up-to 24 hours before a change or correction will be visible in the Research Portal.

Adding or correcting information such as phone number, e-mail address, web page or unit (e.g., Centre, Department/section, Research field group etc.) for a research unit in the Research Portal can be done in HCM by contacting HR at

Corrections to a Research Units name or placement in the organizational hierarchy on the Research Portal requires approval by the Head of Department and/or Faculty as well as the financial service Department.

To add or replace a Postal address, a hero image (banner image), an imbedded video, a written introduction or a google map on a Research unit in the Research Portal contact

All publications in Pure with the workflow status ’For validation’ or ‘Validated’ gets displayed in the portal.

There are different options for presenting your research unit’s profile on the Research Portal

So if you wish to add a text, a Hero-image or a video to your unit page in the Research Portal please send it to Remember to include the precise name of the unit.

Any update of text, image or video on unit profiles must also be send to

See Guide: Research Portal: Visual possibilities for unit profiles

Information regarding your affiliation to research units, employment dates and your employment title comes from HCM and will have to be edited there by a secretary at your department or by a local HCM user. Other profile and contact information such as work address, e-mail address, web page and phone numbers can be corrected by logging into Pure and editing your profile. Click on the info symbols in Pure if you need help editing your profile.

If you wish to be displayed in the Research Portal with a different name than the one you have in HCM, you can add a Known as name on your profile in Pure.

In the section My Portal profile on your person profile in Pure, you can control parts of your public profile. Here you can choose which organizational affiliations you want to show in the portal and choose if you want the world collaboration map visible or not.You can have your organizational affiliations, employment titles and dates corrected by contacting the research secretary closest to you. This information needs to be corrected in the PDS-system. Other profile and contact information such as address, e-mail address, website and phone numbers can be corrected by logging into the Pure and editing your personal profile. Click on the info symbols in Pure, if you need help editing your profile. 

If you wish to edit or add text in one or more of the text boxes 'Research area’ and ‘Research Interests’ you can do so in the Pure system by editing your profile here. Previously the information was added and transferred from the PDS system but this is no longer possible. Some researchers have a CV in this section. This should be deleted in Pure and added in the Curriculum Vitae tab in Pure instead as usual.

You can add  an official picture for your profile in the Research Portal by logging into pure at At your profile choose "Add image", then "Portrait". The picture can be 1 MB max. (jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp eller .gif)

You can choose five items from each of the different content types in Pure you want highlighted in your overview section. You can manage highlighted content in the menu section Highlighted content on your profile in Pure. By default, the five most recent pieces of content of each content type is showcased in your overview.

You can have as many CV’s on your profile if you wish. Log into Pure and choose Curriculum Vitae. Click the plus icon and create a new CV by choosing a ‘Public CV’. Remember to tick the publish box and save when your CV is finished. CV’s are shown under your profile picture.

Please delete CVs previously imported from PDS and add your CVs as described above.

You can add your ORCID to Pure to keep your online profiles well connected. Choose edit profile below your profile picture when logged into Pure. Find the ORCID symbol and type in your ORCID number or create an account. Remember to save your Pure profile when you are done. Your ORCID account will now be updated with your publications from Pure once a week and your ORCID will be visible on your public profile.

You will get a Fingerprint on your profile when you have publications or prizes with an English title and abstracts in the designated fields in Pure. You can add missing abstracts and titles if you wish.
You can also improve your Fingerprint if you add a text on you profile in Pure of the type ‘Research interests’.

You can remove unwanted Fingerprints from your publications as well as from your profile. 
On publications you remove Fingerprints by opening the revelant publication entry in Pure. Then select the 'Fingerprint' tab in the left menu. To remove unwanted Fingerprint on your profile click ‘Edit profile’ below your picture to find the Fingerprint tab. 

You can also turn off an entire thesaurus to exclude all concepts at once. 

Yes, you can link to as many other profiles as you want. To do this log into Pure and click ‘Edit profile’ under your picture. Here you can scroll down to ID’s peand Links.  Under Links you can also choose  Link type, e.g. the Linkedin icon.


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Last Updated 03.03.2022