23 December 2014

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With the New Year fast approaching the work underway for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 is intensifying.

The ERA team at the ARC has spent a large part of the last few months visiting nearly every university to assist with their preparations for the 2015 round. This has been an important exercise as it has allowed ERA team members to speak directly with those charged with managing the ERA process within Australian institutions, in turn providing a great deal of valuable feedback in both directions.

This year the team also worked through 2000 new journals for the ERA process and produced the submission documentation for the 2015 round. And of course the ARC announced that Elsevier's Scopus was selected to provide citation information for ERA 2015.

In early November the Chairs of the ERA Research Evaluation Committees (RECs) were announced:

Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences

Professor Stephen Buckman
Australian National University

Humanities and Creative Arts

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner
University of Queensland

Engineering and Environmental Sciences

Professor Hugh Possingham
University of Queensland

Education and Human Society

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko
Deakin University

Economics and Commerce

Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark
University of Melbourne

Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences

Professor Leon Sterling
Swinburne University of Technology

Biological and Biotechnological Sciences

Professor Merlin Crossley
University of New South Wales

Medical and Health Sciences

Professor Terry Nolan
University of Melbourne

The REC Chairs have a central role in ERA. Upon announcing the appointments, then Acting CEO of the ARC, Professor Brian Yates, said that collectively the Chairs brought a considerable experience and ability to the ERA process which will ensure that ERA evaluations are of the highest standard. REC membership will be finalised early in the new year.

Electronic Identification (EID) tagging also occurred this year for ERA 2015. For disciplines (Fields of Research, or FoRs) where citation analysis will be used, the ERA 2015 submission process requires a Scopus unique article identifier to be attached to each indexed journal article. Over 400 000 outputs were submitted to Scopus as part of this process which closed on 12 December. This is a major component of the ERA process, which ensures the ARC is using the best possible data for the citation based disciplines.

A new stage has been introduced for ERA 2015—Stage 0 will commence in mid-January allowing universities to undertake testing within SEER (System to Evaluate the Excellence of Research).

ERA 2015 will open—Stage 1—for submissions in February 2015. The below calendar shows key dates for ERA 2015:

Event

Date

Submission opens

19 January–11 May 2015

Creation of Units of Evaluation and Assignment

May–June

Evaluation

June–October

Evaluation meeting

October

National Report

December

For more information regarding ERA 2015 or for assistance please contact the ERA team +61 2 6287 6755 or era[@]arc.gov.au.