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ORA: Oxford University Research Archive: Using Symplectic Elements

A guide to using ORA for storing and disseminating digital copies of Oxford research publications including theses

Using Symplectic Elements

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Symplectic Elements is a University system that holds details about staff research outputs (including publications) and other research related data. It is available to all University staff and is accessible using the University Single Sign On (SSO). 
It is the means of deposit of full texts to the Oxford Research Archive (ORA), for all outputs except theses and datasets. Once deposited, ORA staff will review the full text and metadata and make both available in keeping with copyright and publisher policies.
For further information and user guides, please see the Symplectic Elements at Oxford webpages.

Login FAQs

I have an active SSO but cannot log in to deposit my article. How can I get access to deposit?

Symplectic Elements accounts are automatically created for staff employed by the University on a research contract.

Other researchers requiring an account - for example college-only staff or DPhil students - can apply using the Symplectic new user request form and email it to the Symplectic helpdesk. All requests received by Thursdays will be processed the following Tuesday.

I have left the university and want to deposit an Oxford-affiliated article in ORA. Is this possible? 

Yes. If you have an Oxford author affiliation or Oxford grant on the article we would welcome its deposit in our institutional repository ORA. You may also deposit at your new institution.

If you previously had a Symplectic account whilst at the University

  • If there is a co-author who is still at Oxford, they will be able to make that deposit on behalf of all authors.
  • Otherwise please contact your former Departmental Open Access admin contact for advice. The local contacts list is on the OA Oxford website at

If you did not previously have a Symplectic account

  • Please complete the form at https://symplectic/register and return as instructed, including your former SSO if you remember it. Once your account is created, please contact your former open access contact for advice (contact details above).

If you have any queries about the above or require further assistance, please contact the Symplectic Helpdesk at

Depositing to ORA via Symplectic Elements

Guides to Symplectic Elements

Symplectic Elements Helpdesk

For queries relating to the use of Symplectic Elements at Oxford please contact:

Oxford Research Archive (ORA)






ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) is the institutional repository for the University of Oxford and is home to the scholarly output of its research members. 

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