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Discovery Research Portal

A guide on how to make the best use of your Discovery Research Portal profile page

Introduction to Discovery Research Portal

Discovery Research Portal is the digital repository of research undertaken at the University of Dundee. Established in 2010, it provides a comprehensive source of information covering all aspects of the University’s research activities and outputs, in a single location.

Types of content range from peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, books, chapters and theses and other forms of recorded research from the University’s academic staff and postgraduate students. Where possible, a full-text version of the work is made available for download.

Discovery also holds “grey literature”, such as working and discussion papers, technical reports etc. In addition, research datasets, sound and image collections, multimedia, software and other forms of research data can also be deposited.

The portal displays a banner containing links to any COVID-related research produced within the University. Clicking on the banner produces a list of research outputs, together with any activities or funded projects covered by any of the search terms.

Discovery content is accessible from the University’s Library Search, Google and repository portals such as Open DOAR, ensuring a high level of visibility for University of Dundee research output across the web.

You may have heard of the term Pure being used, Pure is the software that underpins Discovery.

Who has a Discovery profile?

Members of staff on Teaching and Scholarship, Teaching and Research, and Research only contracts are automatically allocated a Discovery Profile, as are all Research Postgraduate Students.

Why and how to make use of your profile page in Discovery

Your profile page is the window through which your future research collaborators, colleagues, funders and people outside of the University interested in your area of research, will find out more about you and your research. Being visible is key to making your work reach further afield.

A fully rounded research profile, almost like a landing page on a website, helps to bring cohesiveness to your overall research. 

You are in control of your research profile and you can make your own page as informative as you wish.

Here are the things you can add to the page:

  1. If you don't already have an Open Researcher Contributor ID (ORCID) get one now! Benefits of this are huge. Upload your ORCID to your profile. 
  2. Upload a photograph of yourself, it's always good to put a face to a name.
  3. Add any Links to your profile for example LinkedIn, Twitter, ResearchGate, Menderley, Personal Website etc.and help promote traffic to your online research presence.
  4. Fill out your Biography. There are four sections which you can choose to fill out. These are: Biography, Research, Research Interests and Teaching. You can choose to fill them all out or only the ones that apply to you, they can also be ordered in the way you see fit on your page.
  5. You can choose to add your Education/ Qualifications.
  6. You can choose to display your H-Index and Citations or hide one or both of them if this is not conducive to your discipline. 

And that's it!

A quick and easy way to build your online presence.

For clear instructions on how to fill out your profile go to Discovery (Pure) Guidance Materials.

Require help with any of the above? Email: - happy to help!


Why deposit your research within Discovery Research Portal?

Benefits for research students and researchers in making your published work available in Discovery:

  • Increase the visibility of your work by making it openly accessible
  • Open access is shown to bring earlier and increased citations
  • Avoid broken links by gaining a permanent URL for your work
  • Comply with funders’ mandates to deposit your work in an open repository
  • Gain an online archive of your work, managed by Research Services within the Library and Learning and Culture and Information Directorate.
  • Take your archived research with you wherever your career takes you. Your work can be downloaded as a Bibtex file or if you have an ORCID (which we strongly recommend you have) your work can be pushed from Discovery to your ORCID profile.

Discovery encompasses all aspects of the University’s research and publication activities, integrating information about each researcher’s publications, funding, research groups and impact. Discovery will be used to support the University’s submission to REF2021, as well as for internal research management. Academic staff can use the system to produce CVs, publication lists and other records of their activity, and to store and showcase all aspects of their research work.

By making your work available in Discovery you are also adhering to the University of Dundee's Policy to Govern the Publication of Research.