The Francis Crick Institute selects Elements and Figshare research information solutions

The Elements solution will automate the capture of the institute’s research output, which is effortlessly made openly accessible in figshare.

We are excited to welcome the Francis Crick Institute to the Digital Sciencecommunity. In choosing Symplectic Elements and figshare to enhance the way they manage, store and openly share publications, the Crick will benefit from Elements’ automatic harvesting of research information associated with their scientists and the timely and accurate provision of Open Access research output compliance reporting for grant and funding providers. The seamless integration of the Elements service with figshare will provide an easy-to-use, single point of information to help the Crick make all outputs citable, shareable, and discoverablewith DOIs and appropriate reuse licenses automatically assigned where required. With their robust APIs both Elements and figshare will allow further functionalities to be built around the Institute’s developing needs.

The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease: why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases. The Crick brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, and with its new partnership with Symplectic and figshare, envisages dramatically improved visibility of the outputs from what is the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Crick on this unique project,” said Mark Hahnel, CEO and founder of figshare. “It’s an opportunity to work with an organisation setting up their infrastructure and not having to rely on older, unmaintained systems. The Crick will in principle be able to host their publications and data in one space, as they were intended to be stored and shared. It’s a very exciting time.”

Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic, said, “We’re so pleased the Crick selected Symplectic to help create an authoritative record of research activity at one of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the world – right on our doorstep at King’s Cross, London! In partnering with Figshare at the same time, the Crick will benefit from working with two teams specialised in capturing and disseminating research outputs to global scientific communities.”

The automatic search features are a bonus. I really like the way the new entries arrive automatically, and all I have to do is respond to the prompt to approve them. Navigation in the new release is intuitive and friendly. Linking directly to DOIs and full text is convenient and makes it easy to access and share my own research.

Professor Penny Brothers, University of Auckland

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