Strength in numbers: do ERA rankings add up for universities?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Professor Matthew Bailes, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at Swinburne UT, offers some insights into the ERA initiative :- http://theconversation.edu.au/strength-in-numbers-do-era-rankings-add-up-for-universities-7493 Source: The Conversation

Group of Eight view of measuring the impact of research

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

'In 2012 a dozen Australian universities will trial a system of assessing the impact of their research on the world outside academia as a possible means of directing funding. The pilot scheme is being led by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). The ATN ran a similar ...

No tyranny of metrics: scrapped Australian plan now a revolution in research assessment in England

Friday, November 4th, 2011

'Visiting British expert David Sweeney could have star appeal for academics frustrated by the bureaucratic inflexibility of Australia’s research auditing system and metrics-based assessments blind to the social impact of their work. Dr Sweeney, director of research, innovation and skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is speaking ...

Research achievements underrated

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

'THE need to have an understanding of how our universities perform is not in question. But the way in which we measure that performance remains unfinished business. The main flaw in the Excellence in Research for Australia framework is that it does not attempt to measure ...

No more publish or be damned for social science academics

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

'SOCIAL sciences academics should take the lead in developing a metrics-based system for measuring research quality in their disciplines, if one were ever to be introduced, bibliometrician Linda Butler says. "It is important, if there are any moves towards metrics, for the disciplines to be fully involved from ...

Research coincides with ERA

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

'BALANCING the need to work towards excellence in all universities while selectively funding a handful to be world class is the challenge the federal government must address after its first sector-wide research audit. Analysis by Frank Larkins for the LH Martin Institute, released today, notes that the diversity ...

ERA Submission Guidelines

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

2012 Guidelines and other key ERA documents are now available at: http://www.arc.gov.au/era/era_2012/key_documents_2012.htm  

Need for specific measure

Friday, September 16th, 2011

'RESEARCH impact measures must be specific to the aims of the endeavour, whether it is technical or scientific, according a paper by the Group of Eight universities published ahead of a trial planned for next year. "You have to negotiate a set of measures based on what the ...

SciVerse Scopus to be Citation Provider for ERA 2012

Monday, September 12th, 2011

'Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Margaret Sheil, today announced Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus as the successful tenderer to provide citation information for the next round of the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. “ERA is a world-class research ...

Update to ERA 2012

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

A draft journal list has been provided to the current update on ERA: Current Consultation