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Excellence in Research for Australia ERA - a brief update. Professor Alan Lawson Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & International). General ERA Principles. Units of Evaluation: Fields of Research (FoR): 4-digit (157 u nits) & at 2-digit level (22 units)

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excellence in research for australia era a brief update

Excellence in Research for Australia ERA - a brief update

Professor Alan Lawson

Pro-Vice-Chancellor

(Research & International)

general era principles
General ERA Principles
  • Units of Evaluation: Fields of Research (FoR): 4-digit (157 units) & at 2-digit level (22 units)
  • Evaluation by Research Evaluation Committees in 8 discipline clusters
  • Minimum level of output for a discipline to be considered ‘research active’ for evaluation in ERA
    • 50 if citations used; 30 if not (books = 5)
  • Evaluations informed by a ‘dashboard‘ of discipline-specific indicators
  • Peer review of <20% of outputs in some FoRs accessed through institutional repositories

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data to be submitted
Data to be submitted
  • All Research Outputs published 2003-08 (incl.) by:

-- all eligible staff who were at UQ on 31.03.09

-- casuals, honoraries, adjuncts if they have research outputs with UQ in by-line)

  • Applied Measures {2006-08 for all eligible staff
  • Esteem Measures {who were @ UQ on 31.3.09
  • All audited Research Income received by UQ 2006-08

> 50,000 research outputs

<0.5 million coded data elements

approx. 5,000 reportable researchers

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era 2010 new features
ERA 2010 – new features
  • Clarification of researcher eligibility requirements - separate category for casuals
  • Esteem indicators added (many discipline-specific)
  • Applied measures (Plant Breeder’s Rights, NHMRC Guidelines)
  • Ranked Conferences (some disciplines)
  • Will apportion FoRs for most indicators: in Trial, papers = 100% in each assigned Field.
  • Can nominate FoR for peer-reviewed outputs

ERA 2010 Submission Guidelines

– complex but well-organised {www.

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era 2010 use of the results
ERA 2010 – use of the results
  • Evaluations will be public forall 2 & 4-digit fields – by institution and nationally
  • Massive impact on reputation, recruitment, retention
  • SRE: ERA will drive performance component; SRE funding is contingent on ERA participation.
  • Research Block Grants – Govt will consult us on how RBGs can be linked to ERA results

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ranked research outlets
Ranked research outlets

Now finalised for this ERA Round

Ranked & Coded Journal List – 20,712 journals

Rankings: A* - 5%; A -15%; B - 27%; C - 52%; NR - 1%

FoR Codes: - 33% of UQ pubs are in journals that have 1 (fixed) FoR allocated [but 67% of all journals have 1 FoR]

- 67% are in journals with 2 or 3 Fields or classified multi-disciplinary.

  • We can assign & apportion <3 FoR codes

Ranked Conference List –1,952 conf. proceedings

Where applicable, Relative Citations will be more important than Journal Ranking

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what s been happening
What’s been happening…..
  • All UQ staff supplied details of their pubs → 7,000 ‘missing’ publications + >10,000 corrections were logged
  • ERA Team & ERA Steering Committee established
  • UQ ERA - www.uq.edu.au/research/era {UQ login only}
  • Academic Cluster Leaders; Cluster Expert Groups.
  • 48 Evaluation Committee nominations submitted to ARC
  • Income data being collected & assigned
  • ERAdactl 2 developed to collect esteem & applied measures
  • System development to enable data modellingto ensure submission reflects UQ’s strengths

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eradactl 2
ERAdactl 2

Staff will be asked to supply new information in ERAdactl 2 between March 8 – 28

  • Esteem measures (e.g. member of academy)
  • Applied measures (e.g. patents, designs)
  • Final check of pubs (esp. for non-FT staff)
  • Other prestigious awards/prizes, significant commissions etc – for Background Statements

Where possible, we’ll extract from other sources

We’ll collect/record them systematically in future

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what s next
What’s next
  • Initial FoR code assignment to research outputs
  • FoR code apportionment to:
    • research outputs (approx. 65% of cases)
    • eligible staff and other submission data
  • Pubs selected for peer review + research statements prepared for ‘creative works’ (some FoRs)
  • Data review & analysis – optimisation
  • 2-pp. Background Statements for 22 x 2-digit FoRs
  • Submission phase is technically complex – frequent verification/validation (starts 1 June)

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what you can do to help
What you can do to help
  • Adhere to & enforce the timelines (they’re TIGHT!)
  • Support Cluster Leaders, Expert Reference Groups, Assoc Deans (R), & ERA Team

ERA has made us think about our research practices & quality of our research data

  • Legacymust be utterly reliable “auto”-updateable Research Management Information that is integratable with Portfolios, Workloads, SBPF, etc

Presentation for VC’s Workshop 24 February 2010