University of Toronto uses Symplectic Elements to showcase expertise through public researcher profiles

The University of Toronto has been a Symplectic Elements client since 2020.  Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s top university with a long history of challenging the impossible and transforming society through the ingenuity and resolve of its faculty, students, alumni and supporters. The university offers over 900 programs of study at its three campuses in the Greater Toronto Area and has affiliations with 14 teaching and research hospitals. 

We are pleased to announce that U of T’s new public profile portal, DiscoverResearch, has gone live. DiscoverResearch highlights, celebrates and promotes U of T experts across all disciplines, and allows U of T scholars to showcase their research, publications and expertise to help spark discovery, connection and collaboration.

University of Toronto uses Symplectic Elements to showcase expertise through public researcher profiles

DiscoverResearch repurposes the rich and often unique data already collected within Symplectic Elements to populate fully-rounded profile pages including biographical information as well as publications, grants and professional & teaching activities.

U of T’s research priorities include deepening key international partnerships. By increasing the discoverability of both research outputs and researcher expertise through public profiles, U of T will be able to showcase its important work, highlight impact, and open new routes to collaboration and partnership. 

“We are thrilled to launch DiscoverResearch,” said Barbara Fallon, Associate Vice-President Research at University of Toronto. “This tool connects our scholarly and research expertise with audiences like media, prospective graduate students, and academic collaborators, while simultaneously helping faculty keep track of the very important work they do. It is a game-changer for U of T.” 

 At the time of go-live, DiscoverResearch features more than 2,000 profiles. 

The new site can be accessed here:

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