Supporting researchers

Our pioneering research community can access valuable support for research funding, ethics, integrity, management and development


The University is asking all research-active staff and doctoral research students to create an ORCiD account, and for staff to additionally link it to Symplectic Elements.

ORCiD is an internationally recognised unique identifier connecting research with researchers, ensuring correct attribution.

Find out more about ORCiD

Research governance

  • Integrity assurance statement
  • Research ethics - ethical review and committees
  • Good research conduct and reporting misconduct
  • Research with humans, their data or tissue
  • The use of animals in research
  • Sector standards and concordats

Library research support services

  • Library resources and information services for researchers
  • Research data management including funders' requirements
  • Open Access - publishing, funder and HEFCE REF policy, thesis deposit
  • ORCID - distinguish your researcher profile
  • Symplectic Elements for research output management
  • PEARL, the open access research repository at Plymouth University

Research Information Systems Support

The University of Plymouth has numerous systems that will help you through the different stages of your research journey and capture the information that is an essential part of your research. 

From Research Professional, an online database that provides a summary of significant recent research funding opportunities to Symplectic Elements which allows you to harvest publication data from other sources, input records and files manually and export data as required and then SciVal which allows you to visualize your research performance, benchmark relative to peer institutions, develop strategic partnerships, identify and analyze new, emerging research trends and VV-Impact Tracker, a cutting-edge, cloud-based software product helping researchers and impact officers to plan for and report social, economic and environmental impact.

Researcher development and training

  • Personal and professional development and support programmes
  • Skills and training courses for students and staff
  • The Concordat to support the career development of researchers
  • Implementing the Concordat at Plymouth
  • HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission
  • Further internal development opportunities and resources.

Find out all the latest about research skills and development at Plymouth