Publishing Support

Open Access, Pure, Edinburgh Research Explorer and Researchfish

Edinburgh Research Explorer

The New Edinburgh Research Explorer Portal is Live!  

Edinburgh Research Explorer

Please take a look at the following guidance on how to update your profile:

For information on how to add your ORCID, a biography, research interests or add/update your profile photo please see this guide: 

To learn more please consider to sign up to the Town Hall events about the updated Edinburgh Research Explorer: 

Note that these sessions will be recorded and available to view after the events


Pure/ Edinburgh Research Explorer/ Open Access drop-in Sessions

Also, from the end of April we will be holding monthly Pure/ Edinburgh Research Explorer/ Open Access drop-in sessions, please come along if you have any specific questions regarding updating your profile that you would like assistance with. 


Key points to note:

Only outputs that comply with REF and open access and that have been validated in Pure will appear on this new portal. 

Our School’s procedure remains the same, upon acceptance, please forward the acceptance e-mail and attach the accepted manuscript (could also be called the submitted version) to  we will then create a compliant record for you.


New Features

The new ERE has some additional features.  These include:

  • Network Map – this is meant to display a map of your research connections around the globe.  The data is generated from the external author affiliations in your research output records in Pure.  Due to a variety of factors such as whether the author’s affiliation has been included or whether the affiliation is correct within the DOI used to import the output, there is a strong chance that the map will not accurately reflect all of your connections.  This is a systems error that is currently being addressed, we hope to be able to switch this feature on for all staff within the next few weeks.  The Network Map only takes from outputs published within the past 4-5 years so locations linked to older outputs will not display. Please see the following guides if you want to edit your network maps:

Open Access

Open Access is the unrestricted online access to scholarly research.  Open Access articles can be freely accessed and downloaded by anyone anywhere in the world regardless of whether they pay or have access to an institution who pays for the journal, provided that the copyright of the authors is clearly visible.   

Research outputs are made available via our repository.  The University of Edinburgh uses Pure, this feeds through to the public facing Edinburgh Research Explorer.  It’s important to keep this updated as researchers’ profiles appear within the top four items in a Google search of their name so in many cases will be the first point of reference for prospective students or collaborators.

Our School procedure is for authors to e-mail as soon as the manuscript is accepted, we will then create the Pure record and contact you if we need any further information. 


The Open Access policy applies to all research-active staff within the School of GeoSciences who are authors on a journal article or conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) accepted for publication.


The University has been given a pot of money by UKRI to pay Open Access fees – this can be used for articles published in solely Open Access journals for which there is a mandatory fee. 

If the article is published in a hybrid journal, the University asks that we follow the ‘green’ route and enable the article to comply with Open Access by enabling the accepted manuscript to be made available following an embargo period.  However,   there may still be some publication fees by following the ‘green’ route, e.g. page or colour charges, the money can be used to pay this. 

Please contact

If your research has been funded by UKRI and you’ve had an article accepted for publication please complete this form to see if the fees can be paid.

Plan S

Plan S requires that scientific publications resulting from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.  This poses a challenge for the publishing companies and their journals who currently charge publication fees to publish in their journals (including Open Access fees ranging from £1600-£3000), and subscription fees – essentially charging twice or ‘double-dipping’.   Plan S has been devised to counter this practice. 

Glossary including what exactly are Gold and Green Routes?

Gold Open Access - the final published version, formatted by the publisher, is immediately available to everyone upon publication.

Green OA - the accepted manuscript can be made available usually following an embargo period.

Hybrid Journal - a journal which offers both Gold and Green routes e.g. Nature, Regional Environmental Change, Geoforum.

Open Access Journal – a solely Open Access journal – usually requires a fee on acceptance that can be waived if it can be shown a researcher has no means to pay it – e.g. Environmental Research Letters.  Most OA journals will be listed in the DOAJ.  

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

Pure – The University’s repository, this feeds the public facing ....

Edinburgh Research Explorer 

ORCID – A universal identifier and a unique way for researchers to eliminate name ambiguity and accurately connect authors to their works, projects and institutional affiliations throughout their career.  Registration is free and easy, once you have your ORCID ID you can link it to your Pure record, with the next version of PURE you can also migrate research outputs to ORCID, details to follow.   


Researchfish is the system used by many funders (including the NERC, AHRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust and Cancer UK) to collect and evaluate the outputs and outcomes of research projects.

The 2021 submission window has now closed. 

Useful links: 

Pure Login     

Link to Projects or Facilities

Add Profile Information - Photo/ Biography/ Current Research  

Add Activities

Add Press/ Media Coverage 

Record Datasets 

Create CV

Further Reading

Open Access

Research funders’ Open Access policies:

Read and Publish Journals – the University has signed up to a number of “Read and Publish” deals with publishers enabling corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh to publish open access in these journals at no extra cost, browse the list here:

Open Access Fund:

Plan S:

Responses regarding COAlition S’ Proposal of Plan S:

The University of Edinburgh’s Response:

Wellcome Trust:


Taylor and Francis:

British Academy:

Regional Studies Association:




Questions?  E-mail