10 years of Elements + Figshare: a match made in heaven

Today marks exactly 10 years to the day since Symplectic Elements began integrating with Figshare, and since it’s Valentine’s Day today as well as #LoveDataWeek, we thought this would be a good time to shower them with appreciation and reflect on what makes Elements and Figshare work so well together 💕

All Digital Science ‘portfolio’ teams have a shared vision: that of a future where a trusted, frictionless, inter-connected research ecosystem drives progress for all. We aim to help people who make a difference make a difference – by making open, collaborative and inclusive research possible. 

As partners underneath the Digital Science umbrella, Symplectic and Figshare work together closely to reduce barriers and burden within the research community. We share strong, established and unique company cultures that share an ethos and values:


❤️ We seek to support an open, interoperable research ecosystem.

❤️ We seek to reduce barriers and burden for researchers and research administrators.

❤️ We seek to help researchers, institutions and research funders get credit and increase the visibility and impact of everything they do.

❤️ We share a commitment to making science and knowledge as open and accessible as possible (and as closed as necessary).


How do Elements and Figshare work together? 

Figshare has become an indispensable tool for academics to store, share and cite all of their research, including non-traditional outputs. Through powerful bidirectional integration with Elements, institutions utilising both platforms can streamline their publication deposit and open access workflows, provide unparalleled access to their institution’s research outputs and data, and gain a comprehensive view of the entire scholarly activity ecosystem.

Elements identifies suitable research outputs which are not yet openly available, and lets researchers easily deposit them to Figshare directly from Elements with the push of a button. Not only does Elements make it simple for your researchers to deposit files to your institutional repository, it also offers reporting tools and dashboards allowing administrators to identify work that should be made openly available, monitor open access engagement and compliance, and take actions on researchers’ behalf. 

Institutions can define open access workflows within the system to automate which publications are targeted for deposit, record exceptions, and create reports on compliance at a researcher, department or group level. Elements will automatically prompt researchers to deposit target publications to Figshare and guide them quickly and easily through the process, simplifying workflows for academics and administrators, increasing deposit rates, and removing the need for duplicate data entry. 

Publications deposited directly into Figshare will be automatically harvested by Elements, creating a new record or being linked to an existing record, retaining a consistent, comprehensive and current picture of all of a researcher’s publications. 

To learn more about how Figshare and Elements integrate, download our case study The Francis Crick Institute: A Pathway to Open Research with Richer Research Profiles

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Here’s to another 10 years!


With this partnership, we have the opportunity to position ourselves as
a world leader in the development of the scholarly ecosystem.

Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon

I cannot overstate how pleased we have been.
We have to have confidence to work with a partner
for at least 5 years on a project of this size.

Caleb Smith, Senior Strategy Manager for Research Intelligence & Analytics, University of Michigan

“Faculty need only spend perhaps less than an hour a year to prepare and submit their annual reports.”

Associate Dean, Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar

"Leveraging the interoperability between Symplectic Elements and DSpace has increased policy-driven institutional repository deposits by over 350%."

Ellen Phillips, Open Access Specialist, Boston University

Elements elegantly connected our multi-university system providing a
single source of truth throughout OIEx.

Tim Cain, The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx)

The University measures the individual research activity of academic staff. This Measure of Research Activity (MoRA) requires the collection of publication data from faculty. Symplectic Elements supports this beautifully.

Floris van der Leest, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

[Elements] will help to bring transparency to the richness of thought showcased within non-traditional publications, providing a more holistic representation of faculties’ scholarly work.

Caleb Smith, University of Michigan

Feedback to date has been extremely positive from all levels across the University, with individual academics and colleagues actively promoting the ease of use of the system.

Rachel Baird, Research Policy Analyst, University of Liverpool