Together, open, collaborative and inclusive research is possible

Digital Science is made up of a portfolio of innovative companies (including Symplectic, Altmetric, Figshare and Dimensions) which serve the needs of scientific and research communities through the full research lifecycle.

We are on a mission to shake up the world of research and make working life simpler and more productive. Researchers the world over spend a lot of time and energy on their research. It can be a source of identity and inspiration, but it can also be a source of frustration. Helping to improve the research experience is one of our key aims at Digital Science.

We’re a pioneering and disruptive technology company made up of open-minded, brave and collaborative people. We are passionate about what we do and invest in companies for long-term benefit, rather than short-term gain. We’re unique in that we spot entrepreneurs with amazing talent and actively work with them to support their growth so that the research community can benefit from truly innovative and interoperable technologies. We believe that by working together with the community we serve, we can change the scientific ecosystem.

Digital Science was launched in 2010 after our founders realised that science had yet to seize the opportunities offered by the digital technologies transforming our lives. The software that researchers, academic institutions, publishers, funders, and industrial research organisations used at that time, was largely home-built or niche. We believed we could develop and deliver the high-quality software tools that researchers deserved.


We started off with a team of five people. Today, we have more than 300 colleagues in over 20 countries worldwide, and we work with hundreds of partners to deliver value and success.

Over the years we have added a broad range of trusted software, insights, analytics, and content to meet the community’s needs. Digital Science is now a vibrant mix of the companies that we’ve invested in over the last decade, and our customers benefit from the deep domain expertise associated with each of the products. Although these companies are part of Digital Science, each preserves its own unique culture. We think of Digital Science as being a little bit like London; different villages have grown together to form one city over the centuries, but the architecture and culture continue to vary per neighbourhood.

For all the progress the industry has made over the last decade, we’re not even close to fully realising the potential of information technology. We’re really just at the beginning of our story and we’re growing at an incredible pace. We won’t stop until we have a trusted, frictionless, collaborative research ecosystem that drives progress for all. There’s still heaps to do and we can’t do it alone.

Interested in working with us?

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