Natural History Museum to implement Elements

The Natural History Museum, one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions, a world-renowned heritage site and centre of scientific research in London, has selected Symplectic to provide their first integrated research information management system. Symplectic’s flagship information management software, Elements, is already in use at some of the world’s top institutions and will allow the museum to collect, manage and report on the research carried out by the 850 staff employed at the institution.


The NHM in London


The Natural History Museum houses over 70 million natural history specimens, including six million rare books and an extensive collection of specimens collected by Charles Darwin during his research career, amongst many more. Elements will allow staff at the museum to drastically reduce the time spent collecting bibliographic data, maintaining records of their research activity and enable the automatic population of their public facing web profiles.

Symplectic will be working with the Museum to integrate the product into their current systems to allow for an easy transition.

I am delighted that we are working with such a prestigious institution”, says Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic. “As our first museum client, the NHM will provide us with a unique perspective and we look forward to collaborating with the NHM team on future product developments.

About Natural History Museum

Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums + Heritage Awards 2013, the Natural History Museum welcomes five million visitors a year. It is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise it is helping to understand and maintain the diversity of the planet, with groundbreaking partnerships in more than 70 countries. For more information go to

About Symplectic

Symplectic are a world-leading developer of research information management software. Founded in 2003, the company combines years of experience in the academic sector with a collaborative approach to development to build powerful software that helps institutions collect, manage and showcase data about their research. Their flagship software, Elements, is used by some of the world’s leading institutions including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Pennsylvania and Duke.

About Digital Science

Symplectic is a portfolio company of Digital Science – a technology company that combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process. It is a division of Macmillan Science & Education – one of the largest and best-known international publishing groups in the world; supplying high-quality scientific, scholarly and academic content and innovative digital products and services to customers in 120 countries around the world.

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