Elements implementation

A Current Research Information System (CRIS) is a system designed to support the information management of research activity outputs at an institution, providing a common approach to organising data to support evaluation of research, research assessment, compliance management and promotion of and access to the outcomes of research. A CRIS also provides a ‘one stop shop’ of information used for staff CVs and other researcher profiles.
The University has procured Symplectic Elements, the world’s leading CRIS. Elements will integrate with current systems including Sussex Research Online, to provide a single point of organisation, presentation, and reporting for all scholarly and research activities, from publications to professional activities. 
Over the next few months the University will be working with Symplectic to ensure the system is optimised for Sussex users. The Library has hosted two familiarisation sessions for University staff and the recordings from these sessions will be available shortly. The Library will also be running a number of workshops for both Academic staff and School Research Managers/Coordinators. The purpose of these workshops will be to get input from Academic Schools on how best to customise Elements, where appropriate, to reflect discipline differences and School requirements.


When will Elements go live?

We are planning to launch Elements in January 2020. By that time, all current research data will have been migrated from existing systems into Elements. 

You will not have to upload your existing publications as they will be automatically pulled in from Sussex Research Online. Your current research profile will also be pulled in automatically from Sussex Direct. 

The Library will be offering training and support for all Academic Schools to help with the transition. 

What are the benefits?

Enhanced usability and user friendliness of research systems.

A one-stop shop of information for CVs and research profiles.

Increased external visibility of Sussex research expertise to facilitate research collaboration

Improved tools for research assessment exercises.

Improved reporting for research capability and research activity.

Will Elements integrate with other systems?

Elements integrates with several systems, helping to reduce manual data entry. This includes the automatic integration of author identifiers from ORCiD, Scopus, ResearcherID, arXiv, figshare and SSRN. 

Elements also integrates with several databases such as Web of Science, Scopus, MLA, arXiv, RePEc and PubMed, enabling you to 'claim' your publications in one click.