Helpful resources and packages

Massey University is committed  to ensuring that support, training, and resources are available to help staff develop a community of best practice and students reach their fullest potential. 

Research resources

Research Professional

Massey University subscribes to Research Professional, an International online database of research funding opportunities for research, travel, fellowships, conference attendance etc. The default setting is that when logging in as part of the Massey University network that all funding opportunities in the database are eligibility verified for New Zealand based researchers.

With Research Professional all Massey University staff and PhD students can:

  • Customise and save funding opportunity searches
  • Receive email alerts when your search has been updated
  • Share searches, opportunities and news items with groups and colleagues

Using Research Professional allows access to:

  • Information on thousands of funding opportunities for all disciplines to which New Zealand institutions are eligible to apply;
  • Accurate, detailed and timely reporting of national and international funding opportunities;
  • Customisable email alerts and calendars of funding opportunity deadlines.
  • Helpful 2-3 minute YouTube videos explaining how to use Research Professional (links to videos).
  • Benefits of customised saved searches and including regular email updates

Research Professional is fast and easy to use on campus as a guest from any Massey University computer. To save your funding opportunity searches, or to access Research Professional off campus, you will need to register for an account. Go to the Research Professional website and click the Register link (you need to register while on campus).

Visit the Research Professional website for more information and to search for funding opportunities.

If you need assistance using Research Professional the Research Development Advisory team can assist.



Altmetric is a system that tracks the attention that research outputs such as scholarly articles and datasets receive online. It does this by pulling in data from three main sources: Social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and blog; Traditional media - both mainstream (The Guardian, New York Times) and science specific (New Scientist, Scientific American).  Many non-english titles are covered; Online reference managers like Mendeley and CiteULike.

Altmetric cleans up and normalizes the data from these sources then makes it available for analysis. A key difference between Altmetric and other social media monitoring services is that Altmetric will disambiguate links to outputs: it knows that even though some tweets might link to a PubMed abstract, newspapers to the publisher's site and blog posts to a link they're all talking about the same paper.  For more information please visit the Altmetric website.

In addition, here are some helpful direct links;

Resources and Training Materials
Altmetrics Overview
How to run the perfect Altmetrics workshop
Using Altmetrics for Promotion and Tenure
Tips and Tricks
Altmetrics Tools


ORCiD provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. They provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. The purpose of this service is to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.  For more information please visit the ORCiD website.

STAFF ONLY: To gain access to ORCID please login through Symplectic Elements using your MU credentials and follow these instructions  Registering for ORCiD through Elements.pdf (303 KB)


Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Mendeley, Git and to best fit into your workflow. For more information please visit the Overleaf website.


Hubnet is a web application for building secure professional networks, facilitating collaborative projects across geographical and organisational boundaries and for communicating about activities with collaborators, stakeholders and the public.
For more information please visit the HubNet website.


Qualtrics Research survey software allows you to capture and analyze data. The online survey tool makes it easy for you to build and share a survey. For more information please visit the Qualtrics website.

High Performance Computing (NeSI)

High performance computing (HPC), sometimes known as supercomputing, is available for New Zealand researchers. It has two roles. The first is is to greatly boost investigators’ ability to tackle large, difficult problems. The second is to enable current research to be carried out much faster.

NeSI's HPC facilities are the country's most powerful computers for scientific computing. NeSI enables New Zealand researchers to investigate scientific problems that were previously impossible. With access to both the country's most powerful computers for scientific computing and expertise of international calibre, researchers greatly increase the speed and size of processing their scientific workloads.

Applications are done through the NeSI website (Apply for access).

Once application is completed, please contact Massey's System Engineer, Patrick Rynhart @

Research systems (Staff only)

THe two systems below underpin research activity for staff members at Massey University.  Symplectic is the output repository and evidence system for research, and RIMS is the project management system for research.


Symplectic Elements stores information on academic outputs and produces reports which can be used to represent PBRF Evidence Portfolios. This system is easy to use and has features that will simplify the entry of academic outputs. It is able to retrieve data held in publication databases and automatically load them into the author profiles (Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, ArXiv and DBLP) and is able to retrieve data on books from Google Books as well as import data held in EndNote or ProCites databases.  For more information please visit the following webpage. 

Login using your MU credentials - 


The Research Information Management System used at Massey University to help staff with tracking, processing and administering research projects.

Software packages

(Available to Massey University staff and students)

  1. NViVO/ NViVO training guides available
  2. SPSS
  3. SAS
  4. EndNote
  5. MyPortfolio

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