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Symplectic Elements

JOIN Publications

In Symplectic Elements, duplicate citations should be joined so they only appear once in the Mine tab with the complete citation metrics and other information. If they are not joined then your metrics will not be accurate for this publication.

Check the Mine tab by putting items in Sort by Title (A to Z) and check look for duplicate titles. Look for titles that are the same. The data sources are usual different for each item.

In this example:

  • Duplicate is found-the journal article information is exactly the same in both examples (title, journal, volume, page numbers and year).
  • Citation counts come from RCR, Dimensions and EPMC in the first record while the second record (a duplicate) comes from Scopus.
    Note the missing Citation Metrics in each publication.
  • Join these two duplicates to combine and ensure all metrics are together and in one record making and publications totals are accurate.



JOINED RECORD - Citation metrics all in one record

Join Steps


  1. In the Mine tab click on the workspace icon  to add each item to the workspace area
  2. Go to the persistent header at the top and click on the workspace area
  3. Check the boxes of items that need to be joined and click Join at the top of the page
  4. The two items are now joined into one item with both citation counts included in the item. This new item is now in the available in the Mine tab
  5. To remove them from the workspace click Clear workspace  (removes them from the workspace, not to profile)

LINK publications

Symplectic Elements has the ability to create relationships (links) between the different aspects of the author’s research. Links (aka Parent-Child) help show relationships between different areas of scholarly activities, grants or colleagues in the institution. This does not turn them into one item (that is the Join function in the first column) but "links" them as shown in the Links tab of the item.

  • Erratum/Correction
  • Replies to original articles
  • Retractions
  • Withdrawals
  • Preprints (only when a preprint is accepted and published by a peer reviewed journal-the preprint is the child, the publication in the journal is the parent)
    For more information on preprints see: Interim Research Project and Preprint Guide

CHILD PARENT EXAMPLE (reply to an original article)



Link Steps


  1. In the Publications tab find the Create link located at the bottom of the publication record
  2.  Click on the scroll down bar and choose Publication 
  3. Under In Create links between...choose Publications on each side.
    In the example above the parent is the first publication, the child the second.
    If the reply or erratum does not appear on the right click Change to adjust the date and search for the title.
  4. Check the box of the publication (the original in this example) in the first column (Parent).
  5. Check the box of the publication (the reply in this example) in the second column (Child).
  6. Go the the bottom right of the page and click Create one new link after setting type of to Derives.
    Note: If the reply is in the first column and the original in the second column then choose Derivative of instead.

In the Mine tab locate either the original journal article or the erratum and look at the Links tab (Detailed view). The relationship will now show up in this tab.
Note: Links also include authors at Cincinnati Children's along with Parent Child links so you might see more than one link.