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Research Information Management Service (Symplectic Elements)

The Research Information Management Service is a collection of online tools that helps researchers at the University to record and review research activity held in personal user accounts stored in a secure central server. Researchers commonly use Symplectic Elements (SE) to record outputs, grants, professional activities, and deposit full text outputs to the University’s repository, the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). It is specifically designed to provide consistent information regarding research outputs (journal articles, book chapters, research data, etc.) and is the University’s principal tool for preparing its submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Citations of individual outputs are available within SE, while an indicator of the online attention received by outputs are tracked by Altmetric.

If it is suitably configured SE will feed research information to other University systems including public-facing profiles on departmental websites and publications data to a researcher’s ORCiD profile. The service also populates researcher profiles for the internal search and discovery tool - Research@Oxford. SE also facilitates recording the impact of research by helping staff collect, collate, and report on the evidence of how their research effects the economy, society, culture, public policy, health, the environment or quality of life beyond academia.

What's this?
The stage in the service lifecycle at which the service currently resides. Lifecycle = planned, new, live, notice, closed
Lifecycle status
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The level of user activity at this point in the academic year.
Business activity level
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The regular period during which routine maintenance could take place.
Maintenance window
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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
Portfolio CommitteeResearch Portfolio
Service SponsorCasci, Tanita
Service owner
Boon, Lotte
Service manager
Barrio, Eugenio

* except bank holidays and University closure days

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