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Research Information Management Service (Symplectic Elements)

Symplectic Elements is a central University tool that helps to record bibliographic and other information about research outputs. Symplectic provides a simple web-based interface for adding and reviewing research information held in personal user accounts, which are stored in a secure central server. Consistent information regarding research outputs (Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Patents, etc.) is required for periodic research assessments by the higher education funding councils.

Symplectic is specifically designed to improve University record keeping for such purposes and is the University’s principal tool for preparing research outputs data for the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014 AND REF2021). Symplectic can be used to easily deposit full text outputs to the University of Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and, with suitable configuration, can feed data to other University systems such as departmental websites.

What's this?
The stage in the service lifecycle at which the service currently resides. Lifecycle = planned, new, live, notice, closed
Lifecycle status
What's this?
The level of user activity at this point in the academic year.
Business activity level
What's this?
The regular period during which routine maintenance could take place.
Maintenance window
What's this?
Would making a change to the service today present too high a risk to the University?
Restricted change period

Getting help

Support contact
Research Services
Support hours08:30 - 17:00, Mon - Fri*
Out-of-hours supportNo
IT BoardResearch IT Board
Service SponsorCasci, Tanita
Service owner
Boon, Lotte
Service manager
Barrio, Eugenio

* except bank holidays and University closure days

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Please email the Symplectic help desk

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Termly courses for group managers available

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Automatic for people employed on Research Contracts or see web pages

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Free to Oxford users

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