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Leeds Beckett Repository

The Leeds Beckett Repository provides open access to research outputs at the University, as required by funders and permitted by publishers and copyright law.

When research is available to download from the Repository, it can be found through search engines and accessed by anyone, increasing the views and potential impact of the research.

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All journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) should be uploaded to Symplectic within 3 months of acceptance, as mandated for the next REF. This has been a requirement since 1st April 2018. Please see our REF guide for more information.

Symplectic Elements is a research management system that collects all your research activity in one place. It makes it easy to maintain an up-to-date picture of research activity across the University and to make that research more visible online. Symplectic can be used to:

  • upload your accepted versions of publications to comply with the REF2021
  • manage publications, including those that appear on your staff profile
  • automatically retrieve bibliographic data from citation databases
  • easily import data from existing records (e.g. EndNote)

All members of staff have a Symplectic account which is accessed using your standard user name and password. Postgraduate research students can request a Symplectic account by contacting

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