Symplectic Elements Release Notes v6.16

Welcome to v6.16, our last release of 2023! 

We’re excited to round out the year with a really massive release for the Symplectic Elements’ Discovery Module, which we’ve packed full of new features designed to provide users with a more powerful and customisable experience. This includes a new Impact tab which allows users to showcase impact records prominently in order to highlight the real-world outcomes and influence of their work.

Symplectic Elements Release Notes v6.16

We’ve also made some major enhancements to the Discovery search experience including redesigning the Discovery search algorithm, and introducing new relevance indicators. Plus, in a small change that we know will make a big difference, if users have added their pronouns to their profile in Elements, they will be displayed on their Discovery profile too, creating a more inclusive and personalised experience. 

We have continued to build on our extensions to functionality in Groups, extending the new Groups importer to make it easier to update group hierarchies in bulk in a way that streamlines group management and controls data accuracy. 

Ongoing improvements to the Research Funding Solution (RFS) bring support throughout the research funding lifecycle, including new stock reports and dashboards, new email notification templates, and bulk actions to drive efficiencies. These enhancements will improve transparency and collaboration throughout the review process, reduce manual effort and time spent, and increase user access to reporting data for informed decision-making. 

Plus this release contains accessibility improvements and many other smaller features and enhancements, including a number of feature requests from our community!

For all details about this release, you can view the full release notes on the Symplectic support site. As always, the new version of Elements and associated upgrade instructions can be found in the Elements upgrade forum.


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Caleb Smith, University of Michigan

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