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Symplectic Elements Help Guide: Symplectic Elements Help Guide

About Symplectic Elements

Symplectic Elements is a research information management system provided by the University Libraries. It can be used to collect and analyze research output, and can serve as the single ‘research profile’ that you need to keep track of professional activities and publications. 

Use Elements to:

   * Automate the building of publication lists
   * Generate full CVs and NIH BioSketches quickly and easily
   * Rapidly assess research impact using citation metrics and Altmetric tools

To use and develop your Elements profile, visit and log in with your CMU credentials.

For help with using Elements, explore the documents below or contact


I have a well-curated Google Scholar profile.  Can I just import my publications into Elements?

Yes. You can export your Google Scholar publications into a BibTex formatted bibliography and then import this file into Elements.  For detailed instructions, please see the Importing Items in Bulk help document.

Why do I have such a high number of Pending publications?

This is an indication that your search settings are not optimal.  This can happen if you have a common last name, or particularly if a researcher in the field of High Energy Physics shares your name (due to the large number of authors on HEP papers and the likelihood of a CMU affiliation on those publications). To optimize your search parameters, see the Optimizing Search Settings document or contact for help.


Why is Elements not finding a lot of my publications?

This could be an indication that your search parameters are too narrow.  To optimize your search parameters, see the Optimizing Search Settings document or contact for help. If your search settings are already broad, and Elements still isn’t finding publications, it may be that your publications are not indexed in the databases searched by Elements.  Elements routinely searches Scopus, Web of Science and CrossRef.  Depending on your College or Department settings it may also search arXiv, PubMed, RePEc or other sources. Contact for help adding databases to your search. You can also add items individually that aren’t being found. See the documents Add individual items from a database and Add a Book or Chapter  for more information.


Who can currently see my Elements profile?

Your Elements profile is only visible to you and people with administrative access.  The latter may include CMU librarians and technical staff who work with the Elements system, Elements technical staff, and department and college administrators who have been granted access to view college and department profiles.


How can I import an individual publication from a database like Web of Science to Elements?

To import individual items from databases, please see the Add individual items from a database document.