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Reflections on the REF 2021

This paper explores the role of Symplectic Elements as a Research Information Management System in supporting the REF submissions process. Featuring University of Essex, University College London, Anglia Ruskin University and Liverpool John Moores University.

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Ohio Innovation Exchange

The Ohio Department of Higher Education and six universities from across the State of Ohio launched the Ohio Innovation Exchange. This web-based portal provides a next-generation mechanism for increased collaboration between Ohio’s universities and industries.

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Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Elements helps to expand the reach of scholarly work to significantly impact recognition, both at CMU and globally, by bringing together data from many, diverse sources and providing interconnectivity to publishing outlets and reporting tools.

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Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz

With “Gutenberg Research Elements”, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is introducing a research information system that offers scientists a wide range of options for recording, documenting and merging research information.

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The Francis Crick Institute

A pathway to open research with richer research profiles. The Francis Crick Institute is using technology to empower its researchers to have richer research profiles and to make it easier for them to publish their papers and data Open Access.

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Loughborough University

Loughborough University implemented and configured Figshare to be used as a data repository, eventually becoming an all-in-one repository that includes a wide range of research output types such as data, journal papers, theses and media.

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s searchable database of research expertise, Michigan Research Experts, is a portal built on Digital Science technologies that showcases their research expertise and helps their research community foster collaboration on campus, and beyond.

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Queen Mary University London

The Library team believe that authors engage with the deposit process due to the prompt in Elements that highlights records without full-text. The rate of deposit has increased by 1000% within 12 months following the switch-on of the publication prompt in Elements and discussion about the HEFCE Open Access policy.

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University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool‘s Elements implementation began in late 2015, and by the time their story was shared at our User Conference in June 2016, had already produced some impressive statistics.

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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