Symplectic Elements becomes one of the first three ORCID Certified Service Providers to meet new upgraded CSP criteria

We’re pleased to say that Symplectic is one of the first three ORCID Certified Service Providers to meet their new upgraded criteria. 

ORCID introduced the first version of its Certified Service Provider (CSP) program in 2020. When reviewing and selecting new systems to meet their own business needs, member organisations frequently ask ORCID which scholarly service providers have the best ORCID-enabled product functionalities. 

“What we learned from the early days of certifying service providers is that best practice in integrating with ORCID extends far beyond the basics of collecting ORCID IDs and connecting with ORCID records,” said ORCID. “In fact, in order to deliver the most value to its users, the optimal ORCID integration in a service is highly workflow specific.”

The new upgraded CSP criteria was revised based on extensive research and analysis into industry best practices and workflows. In March 2023, ORCID issued draft criteria for each of these workflows, inviting vendors and members of the ORCID community to review and comment on the drafts. The final criteria documents can be found here.

Symplectic is a long-standing supporter of ORCID and offers a range of ways that researchers can connect Elements to their ORCID account to help streamline workflows and share data between the two systems.

ORCID members can configure Elements to allow researchers to link to their ORCID iD and gather persistent identifiers from their ORCID record. Elements can also be used to add works to researchers’ ORCID records and assert their affiliation with a particular organisation.

By connecting validated, trustworthy information about affiliated researchers to their ORCID records, Symplectic Elements enables institutions and research organisations to showcase researchers and their work, and allows them to more easily keep track of staff, students, and faculty past and present. The incorporation of ORCID further alleviates the administrative load on researchers by automating the labor-intensive process of maintaining accurate records within local faculty profiles or research systems. You can read more about the workflow-based criteria that research information systems have to meet to become ORCID CSPs here.

More details about the integration.


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Caleb Smith, Senior Strategy Manager for Research Intelligence & Analytics, University of Michigan

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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
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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