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Reporting Research Activities

Authors of research publications are required to report their research activities. Authors can be:

  • Academics
  • Research candidates
  • Adjunct and honorary academics
  • General staff.

Where a publication has more than one ACU author, only the first-named ACU author should report the publication.

As a newly affiliated staff member you will be contacted by your Faculty asking you to report your non-affiliated research outputs from 2011 onwards. Non-affiliated research publications are publications that you have authored whilst employed at a previous institution. These publications can be reported by ACU for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and for workload allocation.



  • Reporting your publication history

    To be reported, non-affiliated research publications must be HERDC-eligible (A1, B1, C1, E1) or ERA non-traditional research output (J1, J2, J3, J4, J5).

    NOTE: Publications affiliated with ACU and reported as part of the ACU HERDC Research Collection should not be reported in this manner. These publications should be reported according to the guidelines set out on our HERDC webpage.

  • HERDC

    The Higher Education Research Data Collection focuses on research income and research publications data for:

    • the Commonwealth Government for HERDC (*)
    • the evaluation of ACU’s research through the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative (*)
    • the Commonwealth Government for the Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) Research Hours Data Collection (*)
    • the biennial Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Research and Experimental Development
    • the ACU Research Bank to make a publicly available record of ACU research activities
    • ACU to measure and benchmark our research performance.

    (*) these data determine the amount of research funding received by ACU under research programs managed by the Commonwealth Government.
    Refer to the Research Publication Policy for further information.

    Reference period: Collection year: 2015; Year published: 2014

    The first listed ACU author provides their 2014 HERDC-eligible research publication/s together with the required information to their designated Research Data Collection Coordinator.


    Eligible Staff:

    • Authors of research publications including:
    • Academic staff
    • Adjunct and honorary academic staff
    • General staff.

    The author of the publication being reported must be affiliated with ACU and this affiliation must be identified within or on the publication.

    Where a publication has more than one ACU author, only the first-named ACU author should report the publication.


    Eligible Publications:

    • Traditional Outputs
      • A1 Book
      • B1 Book Chapter
      • C1 Journal Article
      • E1 Conference Publication.
    • Non-traditional Outputs*
      • J1: Original Creative Work
      • J2: Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibitions and Events
      • J3: Live Performance of Creative Works
      • J4: Recorded/Rendered Creative Work
      • J5: Research Reports for an External Body.

    * ERA Non-traditional research outputs are collected as part of the HERDC process and entered into ResearchMaster by the Research Data Collection Coordinator.


    Collection process:

    Each Faculty will determine their own research collection, academic audit, data entry and verification process within the timelines set by ACU Research.

    The required information to be provided to the Research Data Collection Coordinator is a copy of the publication, the coversheet and all verification materials as outlined in the manual.

    If you are not currently aligned with a Faculty or any of the Centres , please submit your HERDC-eligible research publications and ERA non-traditional research outputs, together with the required information to the Research Performance Team, Research Systems and Reporting, Melbourne Campus by the due date, 31 March 2015.

    The ACU Research Collection Manual (PDF 242KB) outlines the process and timelines, provides the definitions of HERDC-eligible publications, ERA non-traditional outputs and University-only publications.
    HERDC-eligible publications must meet the General Requirements for Publication and the Definition of Research, as per the 2015 HERDC Specifications (PDF 583KB). ERA non-traditional outputs must meet the definition of research and the requirements as set out in the ACU Research Collection Manual.

    Find out more on Reporting your Publication History

  • ERA

    The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative aims to identify and promote excellence in research within the Australian Higher Education Sector. ERA is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The first two ERA assessments took place in 2010 and 2012; the next submission is due in 2015 and after that there will likely be another ERA round in 2018.

    The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Wayne McKenna and the Dean of Research Professor Patrick Heaven have strategic leadership of ACU’S response under the ERA initiative.

    For enquiries regarding ERA, please contact Res.Performance@acu.edu.au.

    The ARC publicly releases outcomes of the evaluations for all disciplines. This information is published at a national and institutional level. ERA is included as a key measure of performance in the 2011-2013 mission based compacts between the Australian Government and institutions. ERA data will be used to allocate Research Block Grant funding to universities through the Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) Scheme and the Research Training Scheme (RTS). ERA outcomes will also inform the new minimum standards for higher education research and research training that will be administered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

    The objectives of ERA are to:

    • Establish an evaluation framework that give government, industry, business and the wider community assurance of the excellence of research conducted in Australia’s institutions.
    • Provide a national stocktake of discipline-level areas of research strength and areas where there is opportunity for development in Australia’s higher education institutions.
    • Identify excellence across the full spectrum of research performance.
    • Identify emerging research areas and opportunities for further development.
    • Allow for comparisons of Australia’s research nationally and internationally for all discipline areas.

    ERA 2015 Submitted Journal List

    The list of ERA 2015 journals that received submissions from eligible institutions in the ERA 2015 evaluation is now available.


    Reference periods:

    Data Type Reference Period Years
    Research Outputs 1 January 2008 – 31 December 2013 6
    Research Income 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2013 3
    Applied Measures 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2013 3
    Esteem Measures 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2013 3
    Staff Eligibility Period As at 31 March 2014 Census Date

    Note on Workload – For ERA 2015, the last five years of publications will be considered, that is starting from outputs published since 2010 inclusive. The plan for ERA 2018 is to consider publications dated 2011 and onwards.


    Eligible Staff:

    Authors of research publications including:

    • Academic staff
    • Adjunct and honorary academic staff
    • General staff.

    Eligible members of staff provide their 2014 HERDC-eligible research publication(s) together with the required information to their designated Research Data Collection Coordinator.

    On recruitment the newly appointed Author provides their publications from 2010 onwards and their ERA eligible research publication/s via Orion to their designated Research Data Collection Coordinator.

    Where a publication has more than one ACU author, only the first-named ACU author should report the publication.


    Eligible Publications (Traditional outputs):

    • A1 or A1-N Book
    • B1 or B1-N Book Chapter
    • C1 or C1-N Journal Article
    • E1 or E1-N Conference Publication.

    Eligible Publications (Non-Traditional outputs)*

    • J1: Original Creative Work
    • J2: Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibitions and Events
    • J3: Live Performance of Creative Works
    • J4: Recorded/Rendered Creative Work
    • J5 or J5-N: Research Reports for an External Body.

    * ERA Non-traditional research outputs are collected as part of the HERDC process and entered into ResearchMaster by the Research Data Collection Coordinator.


    Collection process:
    Each Faculty will determine their own research collection, academic audit, data entry and verification process within the timelines set by ACU Research.
    The required information to be provided to the Research Data Collection Coordinator is a copy of the publication, the coversheet and all verification materials as outlined in the manual.

    If you are not currently aligned with a Faculty or any of the Centres , please submit your HERDC-eligible research publications and ERA non-traditional research outputs, together with the required information to the Research Performance Team, Research Systems and Reporting, Melbourne Campus by the due date, 31 March 2015.

    The ACU Research Collection Manual (PDF 242KB) outlines the process and timelines, provides the definitions of HERDC-eligible publications, ERA non-traditional outputs and University-only publications.

    HERDC-eligible publications must meet the General Requirements for Publication and the Definition of Research, as per the 2015 HERDC Specifications. ERA non-traditional outputs must meet the definition of research and the requirements as set out in the ACU Research Collection Manual.

    Find out more on Reporting your Publication History

  • University Only Research

    The University Only Research Collection focuses on:

    • research publications not included in the Higher Education Research Data Collection that are recognised through the Workload for Academic Staff
    • policy as contributions to research and scholarship
      funded and unfunded research projects.

    The collection provides data:

    • For the biennial Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Research and Experimental Development.
    • For the management of workload in Schools/Faculties.
    • For the overall management of research activities.
    • To inform strategies in order to increase/improve research outputs.

    Reference period: Collection year: 2015; Year published: 2014


    Eligible Staff, Publications and Projects: All staff who have contributed to a publication or project in one of the categories listed below:


    Scholarly Publications

    • A2 Book – Authored other
    • A3 Book – Edited
    • B2 Book Chapter – Other
    • C2 Journal Article – other refereed, scholarly
    • C3 Journal Article – non-refereed, scholarly, professional
    • E2 Conference Publication – full paper, non-refereed
    • G Government Report.

    Research Projects

    • K1 Editing of refereed journal
    • R1 Other Externally Funded Research Projects (where ACU receives no funding)
    • R2 Internally Funded Research Projects
    • R3 Unfunded Research Projects
    • P2 Postgraduate Supervision of HDR students at other Universities.

    The University Only collection has a single level of verification, that of the Head of School/Centre.

    Each Faculty will determine their own collection, verification and data entry process within the timelines set by ACU Research. Verification must be completed prior to data entry into ResearchMaster. Data is entered into ResearchMaster by the Research Data Collection Coordinator.

    If you belong to a Centre or Academic Organisational Unit (AOU) that is not attached to a Faculty and does not have a Research Data Collection Coordinator, please submit your University Only coversheets to the Research Performance Team, Research Systems and Reporting , Melbourne Campus.

    The research collection is due to the Research Performance Team, Research Systems and Reporting (Melbourne) yearly by March 31st for the previous year’s publications.

    During the period 1 April – 30 June the Research Performance Team will perform final checks on data quality and integrity, resolves any categorisation issues and prepares the HERDC return for submission to the Commonwealth Government.

  • Useful links
  • Reporting Coversheets

    Reporting Coversheets are available from the forms page.
    Refer to the Research Collection Manual (below) for the definition of publication categories.

  • Research Data Collection Coordinators (RDCCs)

    Please refer to your Faculty or Centre for your designated Research Data Collection Coordinator (RDCC), or check your Faculty or Centre list below:

    If you are not currently aligned with a Faculty or any of the Centres listed above, please submit your HERDC-eligible research publications and ERA non-traditional research outputs, together with the required information to the Research Performance Team, Research Systems and Reporting, Melbourne Campus by March 31st.

  • Author Eligibility

    For Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

    Under the 2015 ERA Submission Guidelines, to be eligible, researchers must meet all of the criteria:

    • Must be affiliated with ACU on the staff census date, 31 March 2014.
    • Must be a member of staff with an FTE of 0.4 or greater. If the FTE is less than 0.4, the affiliation must be identified on or within the work being claimed (by-line):
      • employed (full-time, part-time)
      • employed (casual)
      • an employee of another institution working at ACU as visiting, exchange or seconded
      • work on a regular basis but receives no remuneration (includes temporary or conjoint, clinical, adjunct, honorary appointees, emeritus professors, unpaid visiting fellows and members of religious denominations).
    • Must demonstrate affiliation:
      • If a. above, affiliation demonstrated by employee status
      • If b., c. or d. above, affiliation demonstrated by employee status and publication association (by-line).

    For Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)

    Under the 2014 HERDC specifications, the author must be affiliated with ACU and the affiliation must be identified on or within the work being claimed (by-line).

    Where author affiliation is not identified within a work, the evidence necessary to demonstrate affiliation is a statement from the author that he/she undertook the research leading to the publication in his/her capacity as a staff/student and a statement or extract from HR.

    Adjuncts and honoraries are considered affiliated only if ACU is identified in the by-line.

  • Research Classification Codes

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) (PDF, 1.6MB) is the collective name for a set of three related classifications developed for use in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development (R&D) undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZSRC is jointly produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand. The three classifications included in the ANZSRC are: Type of Activity, Field of Research and Socio-Economic Objective.


    Types of Activity (ToA)

    ToA classifies research and development activities in terms of research effort. The classification types are:

    • PB – Pure basic research is experimental and theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge without looking for long-term benefits other than the advancement of knowledge.
    • SB – Strategic basic research is experimental and theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge directed into specified broad areas in the expectation of useful discoveries. It provides the broad base of knowledge necessary for the solution of recognised practical problems.
    • AR – Applied research is original work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view. It is undertaken either to determine possible uses for the findings of basic research or to determine new ways of achieving some specific and predetermined objectives.
    • ED – Experimental development is systematic work, using existing knowledge gained from research or practical experience for the purpose of creating new or improved products/processes.

    It is possible to apportion your research activities to one or more codes under the proviso that the sum of the apportionments is equal to 100%.


    Fields of Research (FoR)

    The FoR classification enables research and development to be classified in terms of its discipline and describes the nature of the research being done. FoR codes are listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) (PDF, 1.6MB)

    It is possible to apportion your research activities to up to four FoR codes under the proviso that the sum of the apportionments is equal to 100%.

    All research activity (grants, projects, publications) undertaken at ACU must be coded under the ANZSRC to the 6 digit level.


    Socio-Economic Objective (SEO)

    The SEO classification allows research and development to be classified in terms of the main area of expected national benefit. SEO codes are listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) (PDF, 1.6MB)

    It is possible to apportion your research activities to up to three codes under the proviso that the sum of the apportionments is equal to 100%.

    All research activity (grants, projects, publications) undertaken at ACU must be coded under the ANZSRC to the 6 digit level.

  • ResearchMaster and Orion

    As part of ACU’s commitment to improving research processes, ResearchMaster (RM) has been implemented as the University’s research management system. ResearchMaster allows the university to manage research outputs, research grants, higher degree research students and research ethics applications. The RM database interfaces with the HR system, Academic Workload software, Banner and the ACU Research Bank.

    Orion

    Orion (Research Information Online) is the web-based interface of ResearchMaster. Available via an internet browser from any computer or location, Orion enables improved access to and enhanced reporting of research data. Orion is now available to all academics, HDR students, RDCC and Faculty Research Admin Staff.
    You can access Orion at orion.acu.edu.au. Use your ACU staff username and password to login.

    For assistance with ResearchMaster or Orion, or if you are encountering technical difficulties, please email Res.Systems@acu.edu.au.
    To arrange to get ResearchMaster installed on your computer, contact IT Service desk.

    To request user training for publication data entry in ResearchMaster or Orion, contact Res.Performance@acu.edu.au.

  • Help and Resources

    To request user training for publication data entry in ResearchMaster or Orion, contact Res.Performance@acu.edu.au.