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Research Data Services

Research Data Services



Provision of data storage, indexing and retrieval for the Research community.



There are a number of components that allow for the storage, indexing and retrieval of information based on the context of the data.  

TIS manage the storage locations and the indexing of the metadata, provided by the content owners at the time of uploading into the storage area, to allow for retrieval of the information stored.

Plymouth Electronic Archive & Research Library (PEARL) provides open access to the full text of research outputs produced by Plymouth staff and PhD students. PEARL is the showcase for the University's research and aims to increase the visibility and impact of research both for researchers and the University.  It is harvested by: Google Scholar, ETHOS, Primo and can populate staff publication displays on the PPPs.


Elements is the University’s research publication information management system. Elements is a central store of information such as authors, titles, date of publication of research outputs including journal articles and books.



Work can be submitted via Elements into Pearl. Further information can be found here:  About Elements   

Gradbook can be used to set up and record notes on your supervisory meetings and check your deadlines online

See:  GradBook



Experienced IT staff are available as your first point of contact for support and advice on all things relating to supported IT services Monday to Friday 0800 hours to 1700 hours*

We encourage staff and students to report issues and ask for services online via:  itselfservice.plymouth.ac.uk

Alternatively, support can be contacted on 01752 588588

Outside these hours, telephone calls are transferred to a TIS out-of-hours support team who can offer assistance for common IT issues or record and escalate more complex queries for attention during core office hours.

For students we also offer a 24 hour Library based walk-in and telephone support desk for IT enquiries. These may resolved at point of contact or logged for resolution during the working week.

We offer 24 hour support for disruption to EMILY (See Service Components below)

For further information on support use the following hyperlink:

IT Self-Help


*excluding Bank Holidays and other University occasional holiday dates.


Service Owner:

Head of Library and Digital Support

Graduate School Manager


Related Services:  

Library Services


E-Portfolio Services

Data Management Services 

Digital Learning Environment Services (DLE Student Portal)

Content Capture Services


Service Components:

Research Information Management

Symplectic Elements

Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research Library (PEARL)




Modified 28/03/2019