Symplectic Elements with Figshare

A complete research management solution

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Streamline your publication deposit and open access workflows, provide unparalleled access to your institution’s research outputs and data, and gain a comprehensive view of your entire scholarly activity.


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Figshare enables institutions to share, showcase and manage their research outputs with proficient repository infrastructure. Symplectic Elements is a comprehensive and powerful scholarly information software solution which empowers organisations to collect, analyse, showcase & report on all of their scholarly activities.


Credit where credit’s due

Increase the discoverability of publications, researchers, and institutional impact, building a comprehensive view of all research outputs that ensures nothing goes unnoticed. With Figshare’s support for over 1200 file formats, including non-traditional outputs such as videos, graphs, and presentations, data can be visualised to bring research to life.


Drive open access engagement
Elements identifies suitable research outputs which are not yet openly available, and lets researchers easily deposit them in 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 policy compliance, and take actions on researchers’ behalf.


Intelligent data harvesting

Intelligent data harvesting means Elements is always working for you in the background, continuously identifying and matching research outputs from Figshare and other data sources to automatically populate and update records in Elements.


Users can work wherever works best 

Powerful bidirectional integration means that researchers can deposit via either Elements or directly to Figshare. Publications deposited directly into Figshare will be automatically harvested by Elements, creating a new record or linked to an existing record, retaining a consistent, comprehensive and current picture of all of a researcher’s publications.


“The deeply integrated environment we now have will greatly enhance our ability to manage the range of repository activities and strengthen our position in preparing for any future research assessment exercises.” 

Amy Waldron, Digital Development Manager, University of Sussex

Streamline workflows and relieve administrative burden 

Institutions can define open access strategy and 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.


Deposit guidance and funder compliance

Where policies mandate that publications are made openly available upon acceptance for publication, these can be deposited into Figshare via a dedicated Elements workflow, with prompts and calls-to-action in place to guide authors. Deposit advice from Sherpa/RoMEO is embedded as standard, and in addition administrators can provide their own guidance at the organisational level of for particular publishers or journals.


Set targets and monitor progress

Filter publications by parameters to review how you are progressing toward compliance, record exceptions, track library status and measure engagement levels for individuals or departments.

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The Francis Crick Institute:
A Pathway to Open Research with Richer Research Profiles


The best-in-class research information management system which brings together Symplectic Elements and Figshare allows them to:

  • Monitor their publications better
  • Capture manuscripts earlier to add acknowledgements of grants and all Crick staff contributions
  • Get a repository that handles both papers and data for open research

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