Frequently Asked Questions regarding ERA and the Research Portfolio Manager

FAQ

ERA Frequently Asked Questions

  1. ERA and the HERDC
  2. What is the reference period for ERA 2015?
  3. What is the difference between Personal Field of Research codes and Output Field of Research codes?
  4. How many Field of Research codes can I apply to my work?
  5. What categories can I apply Field of Research codes to?
  6. Why can't I add myself to a research centre or group?
  7. What Cluster am I in?
  8. Who are in the Cluster Advisory Groups?
  9. Who are the ERA contacts in my Faculty?
  10. What categories will be assessed for ERA 2018?
  11. What is the ERA Peer Review process?
  12. How do I check the university has a complete record of my Research Outputs?
  13. Why am I being asked to send evidence to the Auchmuty Library for the purposes of ERA?

1. ERA and the HERDC

There have been significant changes to the HERDC since ERA 2015, however the same specifications are used for both ERA and the HERDC to classify category 1 research outputs at the University.

Please see the Australian Research Council's current position on ERA and HERDC alignment.

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2. What is the reference period for ERA 2018?

The reference period for ERA 2018 is 2011-2016. Research outputs published outside of this six year period will not be included in the ERA submission.

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3. What is the difference between Personal Field of Research codes and Output Field of Research codes?

Personal Field of Research (FoR) codes are chosen to reflect the general area(s) of focus of an individual's research (you may choose up to 3).  Output FoRs are chosen to reflect the area(s) of research specific to a research output (again you may choose up to 3).  Please note that the Output FoRs do not have to be the same as your Personal FoRs.

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4. How many Field of Research codes can I apply to my work?

You may choose up to three Personal Field of Research codes and up to three Output Field of Research codes.  In each case you must allocate the relevant percentage attributable to each FoR code.

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5. What categories can I apply Field of Research codes to?

Field of Research (FoR) codes can be attributed to all categories. The ARC provides journal based codes but papers in these codes can be re-assigned if 70% of its content is in another field.

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6. Why can't I add myself to a research centre or group?

You may only be added to research centre or group by the Research Performance and Systems Unit Team. Please contact the Research Performance and Systems Unit team with your request to be added to a research centre or group.

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7. What Cluster am I in?

There is some overlap with some schools being split across more than one cluster; however, the following is a rough guide of the clusters.

  1. Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences - (PCE)
  2. Humanities and Creative Arts- (HCA)
  3. Engineering and Environmental Sciences - (EE)
  4. Education and Human Society- (EHS)
  5. Economics and Commerce - (EC)
  6. Mathematical, Information and Computing Sciences - (MIC)
  7. Biological and Biotechnical Sciences - (BB)
  8. Medical and Health Sciences- (MHS)

For a full breakdown of which disciplines belong in which clusters, please download the ERA discipline matrix (XLS 41 KB).

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8. Who are in the Cluster Advisory Groups?

Please refer to the Field of Research (FoRs) page for the names of all chair and members of the Cluster Advisory Groups.

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9. Who are the ERA contacts in my Faculty?

Business & LawADR - Associate Professor Jim Jose               
RDC - Patrick Filmer-Sankey
Education & ArtsADR - Associate Professor Rosalind Smith           
R&RTO - Amanda Hall-Griffin
Engineering & Built EnvironmentADR - Professor Stephen Fityus               
R&TO - Jo Midwinter
Health & MedicineADR - Professor Robert Callister               
RTO - Shirley Savy
ScienceADR - Professor Juanita Todd
RO -
Lina Bozinovska

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10. What categories will be assessed for ERA 2018?

  • Refereed book - (A1)
  • Chapter in a refereed book - (B1)
  • Refereed journal article - (C1)
  • Refereed conference article - (E1)
  • Published creative work - (J1)
  • Research Reports for an external body - (J1)

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11. What is the ERA Peer Review process?

For those clusters that do not have a citation count as the measurement tool for research quality, a peer review process has been developed for the ERA assessment.  For each discipline (4-digit FoRs code) 30 percent of the research outputs will be put forward for peer review by assessors assigned by the ARC.

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12. How do I check the university has a complete record of my Research Outputs?

If you login to Nexus, you can view your UoN affiliated and non-affiliated research outputs. You may also like to view your Researcher Profile on the UoN Web Site. If the record is incomplete, please email rps@newcastle.edu.au .

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13. Why am I being asked to send evidence to the Auchmuty Library for the purposes of ERA?

As part of the ERA process, the NOVA team will need to load a copy of the publication into NOVA for the purposes of ERA peer review.

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