The Elements Platform

Collect, analyse, showcase & report on all your scholarly activities 


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Our flagship product, Elements, is a highly-configurable research management system which ingests data from multiple sources to build a truly comprehensive picture of your organisational data.

You can structure and connect scholarly information throughout the research lifecycle, reducing administrative burden, deriving powerful new insights, and showcasing the real-world impact of your research.

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Collect and reuse research information

Our core functionality is centred around continuous, automated capture of research output data from multiple internal and external sources. Using simple workflows and integrations with other institutional systems Elements reduces the administrative burden of research data management.

Showcase academic achievements

Gathering attention for your research should be easy. Through our public search and discovery tool, Elements simplifies the creation and maintenance of a public presence. Additionally, Elements can populate existing public-facing profiles or institutional websites.

Simplify faculty evaluation

Activity and performance reviews can be time-consuming, manual and even still involve paper documents. Elements data streamlines review processes and supports capturing score sets and feedback. Faculty members can even generate CVs and biosketches from their Elements profile.

Manage funding workflows seamlessly 

Support research funding workflows, by bringing together research information management and research funding activities in one cloud-hosted system.

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Manage government research assessments

Elements enables you to collect, collate, and report on research inputs, outputs, outcomes, and professional activities, helping to inform compliance and assessment submission strategies and ensure you have the data you need to meet your reporting requirements.

Support your open access workflows

The push to make research open to the public is a leading trend across the research landscape. Symplectic Elements’ world leading software can help you support and streamline your open access workflows. The system provides an efficient method for faculty to deposit their research into your institution’s public repository.

Access services and support

At Symplectic we offer high quality services and support with pride and personal attention. We avoid short-cuts or the quick-fix that make the end result undesirable. Our capped implementation fees mean that clients are assured of a fair and unchanging cost for their project.

The widest range of data sources in the industry

Elements offers more automated data integrations than any competing products, our state of the art automatic claiming and identifier search functionality will save your researchers time and effort. We go beyond just publications metadata, capturing citations, altmetrics, and other research metrics as well as direct links to open access files. Our seamless Dimensions integration offers the first fully searchable grants data source and will even automatically create links between publications and grants.

Data Automated Search Automatic Claiming Auto-Link Publications & Grants Research Metrics Full-Text Links
Altmetric Publications
ARXIV Publications
CINII Publications
Crossref Publications
Dimensions* Publications & Grants
DBLP Publications
Europe-PMC Publications
Figshare Publications
Google Books Publications
MLA* Publications
ORCID* Publications
PubMed Publications
REPEC Publications
SSRN Publications
Scopus* Publications
Web Of Science* Publications

*Subject to license/membership

Symplectic Elements now an ORCID Certified Service Provider 2

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Introduction to Elements On-Demand Webinar

New to Symplectic Elements, or want a refresher? This video is a perfect introduction to our platform, highlighting its key use cases and most-used features.

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