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From Michaelmas 2016 we will be piloting a new open access and open data deposit service that is integrated with Symplectic Elements. The pilot phase will allow us to test the system and workflows behind it before rolling the new deposit system out to the whole University in 2017.

What is the new system?

The new deposit service allows researchers to claim and deposit their publications and data via their Symplectic Elements profile. The deposit system works in much the same way as the current upload system but has a number of benefits to researchers, administrators and the open access and data staff.

Researchers in the pilot groups will simply be asked to log into Symplectic Elements and upload their papers and data there. Researchers need to enter in similar information to the current system and deposit the accepted manuscript as before. Users will continue to receive the same support and advice from the Open Access and Research Data Teams in response to their deposits.

Who is in the pilot?

The first phase of the pilot involves:

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Engineering
  • Department of Radiology
  • Faculty of Education
  • MRC - Epidemiology Unit
  • Judge Business School

As well as some specific research groups. You will have been informed if you are part of the pilot and when you should start using Symplectic Elements for open access and data deposits.

What is Symplectic Elements?

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. There are lots of other things you can do in Symplectic Elements, like add teaching activities, link papers to funding or add details of other systems you use. Symplectic Elements is used for a wide variety of reporting purposes so all this information feeds into these. You can find more information about how Symplectic Elements is used here.

Promotional Materials

In order to help departments explain these changes to their staff and students, we have created some materials that explain why we are changing our systems and the benefit it brings.

Annotated presentation available in .pptx and pdf formats- This isĀ  presentation that can be used by any department. It includes explanatory notes.

Infographic - This neatly sums up the benefits of the new system.

How do I deposit?

Please use the links below to find out how to deposit specific outputs.

Depositing articles via Symplectic Elements

Depositing data via Symplectic Elements