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