skip to content

Symplectic Elements is the University's research information management system, and provides a closed environment within which Cambridge researchers can create a profile and share information within the University of Cambridge community. 

Your Symplectic Elements account

Initial profiles are automatically created for researchers through the Human Resources system. All University of Cambridge graduate students now have access to Symplectic. If you have any difficulty logging in through Raven please contact the Research Information team.

Login here (Raven login required - you can access your account from anywhere).

Once logged on, you can go to the Help tab and download the quick start guide, the guide to exporting and importing publications, and the troubleshooting guide for search settings, to get you started.

How Symplectic Elements can help you manage your research outputs

You can use Symplectic Elements to help you maintain an up-to-date publications list:

  • Set up search criteria to find your papers on databases including Web of Science, PubMed and Scopus, which are automatically searched for new papers.
  • An e-mail is generated whenever a new publication is found.
  • You accept or reject the inclusion of the new publication in your list.
  • You can add papers manually before they reach these databases.
  • Once claimed, a paper is counted as a research output, and added to the citation counts which are kept up to date automatically.

Please contact us if you need any help managing your Symplectic Elements account.

You can add many more research output types than just journal articles to your Symplectic Elements account:

  • Books
  • Chapters
  • Datasets
  • Conferences
  • Patents
  • Reports
  • Software / Code
  • Exhibitions
  • Internet publications
  • Scholarly editions
  • Posters
  • Theses / Dissertations
  • Working papers
  • Figures
  • Filesets
  • Media
  • Presentations
  • Prizes and awards
  • Teaching responsibilities

You can connect your ORCiD account to your Symplectic Elements account

Connect to your ORCiD account and to a variety of other sources including arXiv and other profile tools such as Scopus Author ID and ResearcherID to draw in relevant information. Instructions for how to do this are provided here and you can find out more about ORCiD here.

Use Symplectic to populate a Publications list in your department web profile

All graduate students and research/teaching staff at the Department of Chemistry have their own profiles on the department website. When you logon to edit your website profile page you should see the following:

Screenshot showing how to enable Symplectic on your department web profile

There is a little box that says “Enable Symplectic Elements feed”, and this box must be ticked in order for the Symplectic feed to be initiated. This allows you to display a list of Publications that is populated automatically with your publications from Symplectic after you have claimed them there.

Deposit your papers and data via Symplectic to make them open access

Researchers should upload their papers and data via their Symplectic account. This infographic neatly sums up the benefits of the new system, and more details of how to upload your papers and data are available via the website mentioned above.

Members of the Office of Scholarly Communication visited the Department of Chemistry recently and delivered this presentation on how to use the service.

Altmetric data

You can also view altmetric data for your research outputs from Symplectic Elements.

Funder information

Symplectic Elements can also help you manage your funder information and links with Researchfish

Dimensions for Universities is a web-based tool, partly integrated with Symplectic Elements, which is designed to help universities and academics to analyse and understand the funding landscape. Collecting, de-duplicating, disambiguating and categorising (publicly accessible) grant data from a growing list of funding bodies including RCUK and major charities, Dimensions provides a range of both simple and advanced search options, including a semantic search based on an abstract or other paragraph of text, to help academics to find others in their field; an institution to compare itself to another, or a department to respond to a query about past or present funding in particular areas.

Find out more

Comprehensive information and support on Symplectic Elements, Researchfish, and Dimensions is provided on the University's Research Information website. 

The Research Information team has also created a Research Information Moodle which is designed to help you to find out how to use the various research information tools provided by the University, such as Symplectic, and how to get the most out of them. Whether you are just getting started, have specific questions, or are ready to analyse the data in more detail, the guides provided on the Research Information Moodle aim to help.