Publication Categories

The weighted values for research publication categories are shown below, along with a detailed description for each publication category (Just click the Type to jump to its detailed description)

Type Publication category Weighted Value
A1 Book (scholarly, commercially published) 5
B1 Chapter in a scholarly book 1
C1 Article in a scholarly refereed journal 1
E1 Conference Publication - full paper - refereed 0.5
1 (Engineering
or ICT)

Publication points per author are calculated by the Weighted Value of an item divided by the number of authors. Publication points are used only at an aggregated level (e.g. by College or Division) and are not used to compare individual researchers as the degree to which collaborative research occurs varies greatly between different research disciplines.

Weighted research publication counts are calculated by summing the weighted value of the research publications. Weighted research counts are used in the Research Performance Model.

Details for each publication category

All items must first and foremost meet the definition of research:

..the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include the synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.

(ERA 2018 Submission Guidelines)

A1 - Book (authored research)

To be eligible, books must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Is a major work of scholarship offered for sale in any form of hard copies (bound), CD-ROMs (packaged) or e-books (on subscription or fee basis);
  • Has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN);
  • Is written entirely by a single author, or by joint authors who share responsibility for the whole book (i.e. individual chapters are not attributed to different authors); and
  • Is published by a commercial publisher.

If a book is only available online, and not published commercially, it can still be classified as A1 provided the work has been through an acceptable peer review process and otherwise meets the relevant eligibility criteria.

Types of books unlikely to meet the eligibility criteria are: textbooks; edited books; revisions/new editions; technical and contract reports; creative works such as novels, depending mainly upon the imagination of the author; translations or annotated anthologies.

B1 - Chapter in a scholarly Book

  • A contribution of chapter length, consisting substantially of new material,
  • Published in an edited compilation in which the material is subject to editorial scrutiny.
  • Include:
    • A scholarly introduction of chapter length where the content of the introduction reports research undertaken by the editor and makes a substantial contribution to a defined area of knowledge; or
    • A critical scholarly text of chapter length, e.g. in music, medieval or classical texts, or critical reviews of current research
  • And the book itself …
    • is a major work of scholarship bound and offered for sale;
    • published by a recognised commercial press or publisher (including self-supporting arms of other bodies such as university presses);
    • has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN); and
    • makes a substantial contribution to a defined area of knowledge.
  • And the chapter is not part of any of the following exclusions:
    • entries in reference works;
    • forewords;
    • brief/general introductions;
    • brief editorials;
    • appendices;
    • revisions of chapters, and works already published independently, e.g. as journal articles or in conference proceedings, and previously counted in one of those categories;
    • chapter in a textbook, in a book published by private individuals, or privately funded companies, eg. “vanity presses”, in a government department publication, as well as book chapters published by academic, professional or research organisations that have a major function other than publishing;
    • chapters in translations, annotated anthologies and creative works such as a collection of short stories, unless the chapter is a critical scholarly text which is a major work of scholarship in its own right.

C1 - Article in a scholarly refereed journal

  • A substantial work of scholarship published in a scholarly journal following a formal process of peer review.
  • If the paper is in a non-standard category (e.g. invited paper, research note, letter to the editor, etc.) evidence that this material has been peer reviewed will be required.
  • The article should not be part of any of the following exclusions:
    • editorials;
    • book reviews;
    • letters to the editor;
    • non-scholarly, non-research articles;
    • articles in newspapers and popular magazines;
    • reviews of art exhibitions, concerts and theatre productions;
    • medical case histories or data reports, that are not full journal articles;
    • commentaries and brief communications of original research that are not subject to peer review;
    • articles designed to inform practitioners in a professional field, such as a set of guidelines or the state of knowledge in a field.

Proof that the publication is refereed can be attained through either

  • the journal's Scopus or Clarivate Analytics listing
  • a copy of a referee's assessment relating to the publication
  • an Ulrich's listing as a refereed journal
  • a statement in the journal or on the publication’s website
  • a statement by the journal's editor

E1 - Conference Publication - Full Paper - refereed

  • Written version of a conference presentation published in proceedings (not an extended abstract)
  • Made available for international circulation
  • Presented at a conference, workshop or seminar of national and/or international significance
  • The publication has usually an ISBN.
  • And is not part of any of the following exclusions: papers that appear only in a volume handed out or sold to conference participants (e.g. “Program and Abstracts” books); papers presented at minor conferences, workshops or seminars that are not regarded as having national significance; conference papers assessed only by an editorial board; conference papers accepted for presentation (and publication) on the basis of peer review of a submitted extract or abstract only; one page abstracts or summaries of poster presentations.
  • Proof the publication is refereed through either
    • a statement in the proceedings
    • a statement by the proceeding’ editor(s)
    • a copy of a referee's assessment relating to the publication.