ERA 2015 Reference Periods

Submission data for ERA 2015 will be collected for the following reference periods:

Data Type

Reference Period


Research Outputs

1 January 2008 - 31 December 2013


Research Income

1 January 2011 - 31 December 2013


Applied Measures

1 January 2011 - 31 December 2013


Esteem Measures

1 January 2011 - 31 December 2013



Researcher Eligibility

The researcher eligibility is based on a single staff census date, which is 31 March 2014.


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 2012 Submission Guidelines


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