Publications data is collected on a continuous, year-round basis. The data is primarily used in reports for:
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
- Research Performance metrics
- Institutional benchmarking
Note that HERDC no longer has a publications component, although the data is still collected and reported under HERDC specifications.
Definition of Research
All Research outputs must meet this definition of research:
... the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings.
This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.
This definition of research is consistent with a broad notion of research and experimental development as:
- creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise applications.
OECD (2002), Frascati Manual: Proposed Standard Practice for Surveys on Research and Experimental Development, Paris.
This definition is consistent with the one used for the Higher Education Research Data Collection Specifications (HERDC Specifications).
Source: ERA 2015
Submitting publications data
Researchers are responsible for entering their own data unless arrangements have been made with their School for entry via proxy. It is recommended that data be entered as soon as the work is published in order to prevent sudden workload increases around reporting time.
Data for all publications are entered via the Research Management Information System (RMIS), accessible via Reportal.
Information on the categories used in the RMIS is in Publication Categories Criteria Handbook (DOC 110KB) .
There may be some additional data requirements for ERA, but we are not collecting this data at this time. Relevant information and links will be provided when the data is required.
Supporting documentation (hard copies)
Currently, only publications in the following categories require supporting documentation. They are:
- A1 Book
- B1 Book Chapter
- C1 Journal article
- E1 Conference Paper
The list of information required in the documentation can be found on the HERDC publication coversheet (PDF 19KB) .
In the case of C1 Journal Articles only, no supporting documentation is required as long as the full article is viewable online and a valid URL or DOI has been entered into the RMIS.
Supporting documentation can be sent directly to the RSO, unless your School has an alternative collection process in place. Please check with your School Office before submitting directly to the RSO.
Mailing address for documentation submission
Publications Data Collection
Publications Data Collection
Classification Codes list, including FoR, RFCD, SEO and ANZSIC Codes
Flinders University Authorship and Data Location Form (DOC 98KB) (to be submitted to your School, NOT the Research Services Office)
Help and support
All help and support requests are to be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (08) 8201 2808