The next round of ERA is underway for 2018. The ARC will be updating information for the ERA 2018 round on this webpage as it becomes available.

The ARC has announced that Clarivate Analytics will provide citation information for the 2018 round of Excellence in Research for Australia


Key Documents

Below are key documents needed for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 submission process:

If you have questions or require any of these documents in any other format, please email or call the ERA Helpdesk on 02 6287 6755 (between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Canberra time, Monday to Friday).


Completed Consultations on ERA 2018 Documents

In preparation for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 submission process, the Australian Research Council (ARC) undertook a range of consultation activities.

The ARC released the draft ERA 2018 Submission Guidelines for public consultation. The following draft supporting documents were also provided during the consultation period:

  • Draft ERA-SEER 2018 Technical Specifications
  • Draft ERA-SEER 2018 Business Rules and Verification
  • Draft ERA 2018 Discipline Matrix

University consultation on ERA 2018 Journal List

The ARC also reviewed the Draft ERA 2018 Journal List in consultation with Australian Higher Education Providers and peak bodies and disciplinary groups. The ERA 2018 Journal List is designed for the sole purpose of supporting ERA 2018. The list provides components that will be used in the ERA 2018 methodology, including: defining the eligible Fields of Research (FoR) codes that research outputs may be assigned during the submission phase; and defining the publication outlets from which the citation benchmarks are derived.

The journal consultation process occurs in three phases, the first being a university consultation and consolidation of the suggested changes. In the second phase, peak bodies and disciplinary groups will review this consolidated list. The peak bodies and disciplinary groups will make recommendations to the ARC regarding the final determination of the ERA 2018 journals. In the third phase, the ARC will review comments and finalise the ERA 2018 journal list.

The ARC reviewed all feedback received during the university consultation period (mid-February to mid-March 2017) and where a journal was found to meet the following criteria, the journal was added to the draft list for consultation by discipline experts:

  • Was active during the ERA 2018 reference period for research outputs (1 January 2011–31 December 2016)
  • Is scholarly
  • Has peer review policies acceptable to the discipline
  • Has an ISSN
  • Has evidence of an article in the reference period

ERA 2018 Publication Tagging

ERA 2018 Citation Provider

The ARC has announced that Clarivate Analytics will provide citation information for the ERA 2018 evaluation.

Publication tagging

For a journal article to be eligible for citation analysis during the ERA 2018 evaluation, an institution must submit it with a Clarivate Analytics unique electronic identifier. Institutions are required to submit details of journal articles to the Clarivate Analytics ERA 2018 Web Portal.

Institutions are required to submit details of articles that meet all of the following criteria to The Clarivate Analytics ERA 2018 Web Portal:

  • Disciplines subject to citation analysis as indicated in the ERA 2018 Discipline MatrixExcel Format (42KB) – PDF Format (350KB)
  • Published in journals on the ERA 2018 Submission Journal List and indexed by the citation provider.
  • Published during the reference period (1 January 2011–31 December 2016).

NOTE: The ARC will not make the ERA 2018 Submission Journal List publicly available on the ERA website during tagging period.

Clarivate will provide the unique electronic identifier tagging service for ERA 2018 between Midnight AEST, 14 September 2017, until 17:00 AEDT, 27 November 2017.

Clarivate is liaising directly with institutions regarding tagging arrangements.

The Clarivate Analytics ERA 2018 Web Portal provides detailed information about publication tagging for ERA 2018. 

ERA 2018 FAQs

Where can I find further information about ERA 2018 publication tagging?

Clarivate has notified institutions, through their ERA Liaison Officers, about details of the ERA 2018 publication tagging service. Institutions can obtain further information from the ERA 2018 Publication Tagging accordion above and The Clarivate Analytics ERA 2018 Web Portal.

What if I am not happy with the tagging service?

If you are not satisfied with the result of the unique output identifier tagging, please contact Clarivate at to rectify any errors or omissions in the first instance.

You may also contact the ARC at you are not satisfied with the service provided by Clarivate.

What is an indexed journal/journal article?

A journal is ‘indexed’ when its bibliographic and citation information is included by the citation data supplier.

A journal article is ‘indexed’ when a unique output identifier exists for the journal article.

What happens with non-indexed journals?

If the research output submitted is not in a journal indexed by Clarivate, but is on the ERA 2018 Submission Journal List, institutions must still submit it to ERA but it will not be eligible for citation analysis. The non-indexed output will contribute to other ERA indicators such as the Outlet Frequency and Volume and Activity indicators.

Please note that for disciplines that use citation analysis as an indicator (See Draft ERA 2018 Discipline Matrix – Excel Format  – PDF Format), only those journal articles which have a unique electronic identifier contribute to the Low Volume Threshold for ERA.

Which Clarivate document types match the document types that are eligible for ERA 2018?

The ERA eligible document types are: journal articles, conference papers in journals on the ERA journal list, and reviews. These document types are reported by Clarivate in the databases used for tagging as follows:

  • Article
  • Journal Article
  • Proceeding paper
  • Meeting Paper
  • Review.

However, the research output must also meet the definition of research and the relevant eligibility criteria as outlined in the ERA 2018 submission guidelines.

ERA 2018 notification

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The table in Appendix E now fully aligns with the flowchart at and the text within section 4.3.1. Institutions should use this revised version (below) when preparing their submissions.

Status (

Employed (≥ 0.4 FTE and < 0.4 FTE)

Employed on casual basis and Employed-other (includes LWOP exceptions –

Function (

‘research only’ and ‘research and teaching’


research only’, ‘research and teaching’ and  ‘other’



Must be published within reference period and have at least one byline to the submitting institution

Must have a publication association

Staff data (4.3.2)

Submit staff data (see below for list)

Research outputs to include

≥ 0.4 FTE All research outputs

< 0.4 FTE with a publication association. All research outputs

Only outputs with an eligible byline

Staff data to include (where applicable)

Last name



Required if applicable

First name


Middle name

Required if applicable

Alternative name(s)

Required if applicable



Staff reference



Required if available



Not to be submitted

FoR (max. of three four-digit codes)


Level ( )


Reference Periods

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

Data type

Reference period


Research Outputs

1 January 2011 – 31 December 2016


Research Income

1 January 2014 – 31 December 2016


Applied Measures

1 January 2014 – 31 December 2016


Staff Census Date

As at 31 March 2017