A single point of truth for all research at an institution

Elements is a software system used by research institutions to collect, understand and showcase their scholarly activities.
Hundreds of thousands of researchers, administrators, librarians and research staff around the world use Elements to help collect information about their work and make the data available for repurpose and reuse.

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Founded by researchers, for researchers, our products are designed to reduce manual effort, improve data quality and expedite the transfer of data between systems.


Librarians use our products, often in the context of Open Access policies, to guarantee the completeness and quality of materials held in institutional repositories.


Elements has been specifically developed to gather the data institutions need for internal or external assessment and repurpose it for other systems and services.

How does it help?

The needs of research institutions continue to evolve. We work with them to address their primary concerns for the modern research era.
These are some of the ways Elements benefits researchers, administrators and institutions:

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Collect and reuse information

As well as being a comprehensive solution for managing research outputs, Elements is a single point of organisation, presentation, and reporting for all scholarly and research activities. From publications and research data to grants, teaching and professional activities, everything an individual, department, or college does can be captured to create a complete picture of an institution.

The core functionality of Elements is the continuous, automated capture of research output data from multiple internal and external sources, using simple workflows to reduce the administrative burden on researchers and librarians. Integrations with other institutional systems help to reduce the burden of rekeying and re-entry of information, saving valuable researcher time and improving engagement.

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Showcase academic achievements

With its rich data sources and powerful API, Elements is able to populate public-facing researcher profiles for institutional websites, like that of the Natural History Museum. This is critical for showcasing researchers’ work to the wider world, and facilitating connections between them.

We understand that the benefits of raising the visibility of research shouldn’t come at a cost of more manual effort from the researcher. This is why, as well as easily generating academic CVs and Biosketches from researchers’ data, Elements seamlessly integrates with the open source interdisciplinary collaboration network, VIVO, and online researcher networking and discovery tool Profiles RNS.

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Open Profile fed by Elements
Open Access Monitor

Support Open Access initiatives

As more and more institutions around the world implement Open Access policies, researchers increasingly have to use multiple systems to comply and engage with them. Administrators and faculty leaders are also burdened with managing and measuring this engagement, which is often time-consuming and difficult.

Symplectic’s pioneering Open Access solutions provide a single, intuitive interface that allows researchers and administrators to deal with these challenges quickly and easily.

Tracking the deposit of publications into Open Access repositories, visualising gaps in engagement, and recognising OA advocates within departments are just some of the applications of this industry-leading set of tools.

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Report and analyse activities

Institutions will always need to know as much as possible about their research performance and outputs. This is critical for faculty evaluation, reporting to funders, and recording evidence for research impact. Easily extracting insight from available data isn’t always possible without significant technical ability and effort, while reporting needs often vary between institutions and departments.

Elements provides a robust reporting framework around high-quality data, to give administrators the ability to create bespoke report templates, defining the exact parameters that they need. Its visualisation capabilities allow the presentation of data in a consumable, easily-understandable format.

This extensive functionality is critical for institutions to understand and demonstrate the relationships between research activity, outputs, grants and more. (With funding analysis tool Dimensions for Universities now available as a data source, Elements can automatically link publications with their respective grants, causing a significant reduction in administrative workload.)

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With powerful features

Elements is a powerful and highly-configurable system with optional updates released every quarter, based on feedback from the community.

Open Repository Support

Major repository platforms are supported to encourage deposit by researchers.

Powerful API

Data is easily made available for reuse by other systems, reducing the need for burdensome re-entry.

Generate CVs

CVs or Biosketches can be exported with just a few clicks, ready to attach to any funding application.

Widest range of sources

Coverage extends across multiple disciplines to provide a complete view of research activity .

Automatic disambiguation

De-duplication and disambiguation is carried out across all sources to ensure accuracy.

Hosting options available

Implement Elements into local infrastructure or let us host it for you – flexible for any size institution.

It’s simple to get started

We have a range of solutions, integrations and other services to ensure institutions only pick what they need, with the flexibility to expand at a later date.

Step 1

Choose a solution

Step 2

Get Implemented

Step 3

Integrate Data

Trusted by institutions around the world

Read the case studies below to find out how world-class institutions are using Elements to manage their research.

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Download our White Paper –
The Wealth of Institutions

Research-based institutions are in the knowledge business. They generate, process and store knowledge. They innovate, apply and disseminate. They produce the people who move across the economy enabling other organisations to exploit knowledge for economic and social benefit. Knowledge is the currency of research: it flows and accumulates, and institutions and individuals gain by displaying their Wealth of Knowledge.

In this paper we review the evolving public environment for knowledge management and we consider how institutions have responded to the pressures and demands that this has brought.

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