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A new look for Symplectic

Symplectic will be offline on Wednesday 10 November while we upgrade the system.

From November, the University Publications Database (Symplectic) will look different, be easier to navigate and offer better customisation. You can still upload your publications, link to grants and add your professional activities.

Uploading your research outputs to Symplectic when they are accepted for publication is a key part of meeting the University’s Publications Policy. Library staff will then deal with any copyright issues and make your research open access in our institutional repository, White Rose Research Online.

Better user experience

When you login to your account after 10 November, you will be greeted by a new and easier to navigate homepage.

You also have the option to customise your homepage, so it reflects your academic background. You can choose sections that are relevant to your work and hide the ones you don’t need.

Other improvements include better reporting, improved accessibility and more granular privacy options to help you control what data is available to others from the system.

Your ORCID working harder for you

An ORCID® iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. It is recommended that you register an ORCID and link it to your Symplectic profile.

Find out how to register for an ORCID identifier and link it to Symplectic.

In addition to using ORCID to find your publications across the web, Symplectic can now automatically ‘write’ selected publication information to your ORCID profile. You can also update your official affiliation to the University of Leeds. This will make your ORCID an even more useful source of information for other systems.

Improved support for preprints

Use of preprints have increased across a range of disciplines, facilitating early and open sharing of research results, especially in the context of COVID-19. 

This upgrade introduces a new preprint publication type and new tools to collect preprints and prevent them being confused with corresponding journal articles that may be published later. You can also upload your preprints to WRRO. It will be clearly labelled that they have not yet been through peer review.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or comments about Symplectic in general or the new version in particular, please just ask.