The Symplectic UK User Conference 2016: In Review

Michael Events & Conferences

Last week, team Symplectic travelled to the picturesque Selwyn College, part of the University of Cambridge, to bring together members of our user community for our UK User Conference. Over the course of two days, we hosted interactive workshops, talked about new and upcoming features, and heard stories from institutions around the country about their experiences with Elements. Day One Our …

We hosted the ORCID UK Members’ meeting

Michael Events & Conferences

Last week, we were delighted to host the first UK ORCID members’ meeting here at our London office. Members from around the country, and further afield, gathered to discuss the current state of this unique researcher identifier system. Starting the morning with a town hall discussion from the EMEA territories with 50 attendees in London and 30 joining remotely, we …

We hosted the CASRAI UK Chapter Meeting

Michael Events & Conferences

Earlier this week, we hosted the UK meeting of CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information), here at our London headquarters. This was the first meeting of the new UK chapter of CASRAI, bringing together members of the research community from institutions throughout the country. CASRAI is “an international nonprofit membership initiative led by research institutions and their partners. …

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A Closer Look at the Assessment Module

Michael Product Feature

Last month, we released the eagerly-anticipated Elements v5.0 – a major release containing a fully redesigned user interface and navigation, alongside a brand new feature; the Assessment Module. We announced this news in a press release and introductory video; now we’ll have a closer look into the Assessment Module itself. Periodic Assessments Periodic reviews and assessments of research staff are a …


Announcing The Brand New Elements: v5.0

Michael Elements Updates, Press

London/ Boston: March 18th 2016: Symplectic, a provider of world-leading research information management software and services, today announces a major new addition to its flagship product, Elements. The new module will allow Symplectic’s clients to design, share and report on internal & external research assessments, streamlining what were traditionally time-intensive, paper-based activities. Designed with the researcher in mind, the new …

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Case Study: Open Access Workflow Improvements at QMUL

Michael Case Study, Guest Blog

Recently, we came across this post on the blog of opeNWorks – a community of practice for Open Access publishing in the North West of England, built on a collaboration by Jisc and the University of Manchester. It details the setup of OA policy compliance at Queen Mary University London, and a typical researchers’ workflow in depositing OA publications. We were …

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The Open Access Monitor at Liverpool John Moores University: Q&A

Michael Case Study, Guest Blog

We recently asked members of our user community about their experiences using the Open Access features within Elements. Diana Leighton (REF Manager) and Cath Dishman (Open Access & Digital Scholarship Librarian) from Liverpool John Moores University told us how their experience has been since implementing the Open Access Monitor. Here’s what they told us. Why did you decide to purchase/license the …

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Celebrating 13 Years in Research – Happy Birthday Symplectic

Michael Company News

It’s our 13th birthday! Last year, celebrating 12 years in business, we had a look back through our history to see how our company evolved alongside the needs of the research community. You can see that story (including some retro screenshots of a young Elements version) on our 12th birthday blog post. So many things have happened in the year …

The Symplectic Australasia Conference 2016 – In Review

Michael Events & Conferences

Earlier this month, we hosted the Symplectic Australasia Conference 2016 in Melbourne. Over two days in a venue with a great view of the city skyline, we had a mixture of speakers, workshops and interactive sessions. It was great to see both previous attendees and new faces in attendance, with an enthusiastic participation in each workshop. A particular highlight was the Client …

Capture the evidence of impact

Michael Elements Updates

A study from the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, discovering that elephants are frightened of bees, led to massive reductions in elephants raiding farms in various parts of Africa. Research at the University of Sheffield focusing on the links between memory, trauma and narrative has improved the mental health and well-being of patients in secure hospitals after influencing their …

Symplectic Australasia Conference: Registration Now Open

Michael Events & Conferences

On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016, we’ll be hosting our Australasia Conference in Melbourne. Registration is now open – head to the event page to reserve your place! Date: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February, 2016 Location: Woodward Conference Centre – Level 10, Law School. 185 Pelham St. Carlton, VIC 3053 Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm This event will include a …

Too many Washingtons: Addressing ambiguous institution names with GRID

Michael Product News

What’s the difference between The University of Oxford, and Oxford University? Well, the first is the official name of the famed UK institution that’s over 900 years old. You’d expect to see this on a citation of a publication produced there. The second clearly refers to the same place. It’s slightly faster to say, and uses fewer characters – which …

UGA Elements: Campus-wide at the University of Georgia

Michael Product News

We’d like to congratulate the University of Georgia on their recent successful campus-wide rollout of Elements. At the end of August this year, UGA Elements went live across the prestigious US institution to help them ‘collect, contextualize, report on, and publicly profile’ their research. As well as being a significant step in the evolution of UGA’s research management, it also represents …

Open Access Week 2015: A Roundup

Michael Events & Conferences

It’s just over a week since International Open Access Week 2015 ended, and we’ve seen some tremendous enthusiasm for the OA movement from voices around the world. Spirited evangelism, sharp analysis, and dissenting criticism were all present in the debate that crowded our inboxes and social streams. Here’s a small selection of articles and discussions that we enjoyed during the week. …

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Exploring Elements integration with figshare for Institutions

Michael Elements Updates

Through a dedication to our continuous development methodology, we’re always working to make Elements even more useful than before. For a long time, it’s been the standard in research information management, helping researchers and institutions organise, showcase and report on everything from publications and research data to grants, teaching and professional activities. You may know that we also have a …

ORCiD auto-updates from Crossref: What this means for Elements users

Michael Product News

In the last few weeks, it was announced that Crossref will soon be able to automatically update ORCiD records. The DOI-registering network will now be able to push data about publications (and other research outputs) into ORCiD, the unique researcher identifier system. As mentioned in the announcement: “authors with an ORCID iD will be able to have Crossref automatically push information about …

Linked data for research funding – Dimensions for Universities and Elements v4.15

Michael Product News

In June this year, we released the latest version of Elements, v4.15. Amongst other improvements, this included significant upgrades to the way Elements integrates with Dimensions for Universities, the research funding analysis tool, built by our partners ÜberResearch. Subscribers of Dimensions for Universities can now supplement the grant data held within Elements with grant data sourced directly from over 100 …

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Symplectic profiled in Masterclass feature film for the Telegraph Business Club

Michael Company News

We’re very pleased to have been chosen by the Telegraph newspaper to feature in their online Masterclass business video series, as part of the Telegraph Business Club. The Masterclass series recognises established businesses who are leaders in their industry. The video profiles the Symplectic story, from its initial creation, through its present-day international operation, to its future expansion. It’s an …

Symplectic UK User Conference 2015

The Symplectic UK User Conference 2015 – in review

Michael Events & Conferences

Last week saw the coming together of a diverse group of research managers from all over the country, for Symplectic’s first ever two-day UK user conference. The event was hosted by various members of the team here at our London campus, and contained a mixture of speakers and interactive workshops. We had a great time meeting members of the community, …

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Symplectic North American Conference: Now open for registration

Michael Events & Conferences

On Tuesday, 11th August 2015, we will be holding the third Symplectic North American Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Registration is now open for the event which will be held at District Hall. Date: August 11th, 2015 Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, United States Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm