Symplectic was founded in 2003 by four theoretical physicists studying for their PhDs at Imperial College.

During their research, they quickly realised that university staff and researchers were in need of simple, effective software to enable academic institutions to collect, contextualise and raise visibility of their research outputs. Using their experiences, they built that software, and were quickly noticed by academic institutions all over the world. Symplectic is now a leading developer of integrated research information management systems. Their flagship product Elements is used by thousands of researchers, research managers, repository managers and librarians across the globe.