New Impact Module Functionality

Symplectic Elements blends both quantitative and qualitative data, allowing you to easily build reports and track progress against your institutional goals. We go beyond traditional metrics with a dedicated impact module to support the capture of long-form, qualitative impact narratives, helping to put the work you do in a wider societal context.

There are many different pathways to impact, making measurement complex. Our newly introduced stock and custom impact types help you get more granular when tracking and reporting on impact. 

  • Impact Narrative – Written descriptions of the effect of a piece of research.
  • Impact Plan – Information on intended impact and activities planned.
  • Impact Indicator – Early indicators such as industry engagement or news items.
  • Impact Case Study – Written records linked with associated researchers, outputs and activities. 
  • Engagement Activity – Social mentions or other types of engagement.

This webinar recording features a demo of the new and improved Impact Module delivered by Kate Byrne in February 2022.


It is critical to our state’s economy that we utilise every aspect of our knowledge
and innovation talent across the public and private sectors. We’re incredibly proud
of what we’ve created with OIEx − better connecting the experts and resources at our
state research universities to the industries that can utilise them to push their breakthrough ideas to fruition.

John Carey, Chanceller, Ohio Department of Higher Education

We wanted to create a single, multi-university resource that provides
enhanced visibility into expertise, equipment and research
support services and available IP.

Tim Cain, Ohio Innovation Exchange

This tool connects our scholarly and research expertise with audiences like media,
prospective graduate students, and academic collaborators, while simultaneously
helping faculty keep track of the very important work they do. It is a game-changer for U of T.

Associate Vice-President Research, University of Toronto

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.

Digital Development Manager, University of Sussex

It helps keep us organised and keeps everything in one place.

Peter Fisher, Worldwide Cancer Research

Researcher profiles and end-to-end funded research
project management all now take place in the one interface,
which has huge benefits to our researchers.

Liam Cleere, University College Dublin

The discovery module has provided a delightful and fantastic
searchable public interface to our to our faculty.

Paul Bergen, Tufts University

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.

Queen Mary University of London

Elements impressed us with its simplicity, flexibility and control
for individual faculty members, and great responsiveness with customer service.

Clarke Iakovakis, Oklahoma State University

I think the most important feature Symplectic Elements came with was interoperability
The fact that it had that flow through profiles to the repository was really, really valuable for us.

Research Advisor, La Trobe University