Publication Categories

Point Values for Publication Categories are shown below, along with a detailed description for each publication category (Just click the Type to jump to its detailed description)

Detailed data collection specifications and requirements for the HERDC categories are available from the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Type

Publication category

HERDC
Point Value

JCU
Point Value

A1

Book (scholarly, commercially published)

5.0

5.0

B1

Chapter in a scholarly book

1 . 0

1 .0

C1

Article in a scholarly refereed journal

1.0

1.0

E1

Conference Publication - full paper - refereed

1.0

1.0

Details for each publication category

A1 - Book (authored research, commercially published)

  • Is a major work of scholarship bound (or if in electronic format, such as a CD-ROM, packaged) and offered for sale;

  • Has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN);

  • Is published by a recognised commercial press or publisher (including self-supporting arms of other bodies such as university presses);

  • Is written entirely by a single author, or by joint authors who share responsibility for the whole book (ie. individual chapters are not attributed to different authors); and

  • Consists mainly of previously unpublished material, making a substantial contribution to a defined area of knowledge.

  • And is not part of any of the following exclusions: 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, eg. 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 ISI listing

  • 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

  • a copy of a referee's assessment relating to the publication

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.

Book Chapter Calculation

DIISR prescribes the following methodology to calculate the point value for book chapter contributions:

The calculation should be done for each author, then aggregated for all authors at the university, to obtain a total score for contributions to the book.

The first chapter contributed to by an author is given a value of 1. Remaining chapters in the book contributed to by the same author are scored on a pro-rata basis.

Step 1

Identify a chapter to which the author contributes alone, or with as few other contributors as possible.

The value of that chapter for the author is 1 divided by the total number of contributors to that chapter.

Step 2

The value of the remaining chapters for the author is calculated by adding the share of each remaining chapter contributed by the author, then multiplying by 4 and dividing by one less than the number of chapters in the book.

Step 3

The total value of the book for the author is derived by adding the figures derived from step 1 and step 2.

Example A

In a book of 16 chapters, author A contributes 1 solely-authored chapter.

Step 1

The value is 1 point divided by 1 author equals 1.

Step 2

There are no further chapters to count.

Step 3

1 plus 0 equals 1. Author A’s contribution is worth 1 point.

Example B

In a book of 16 chapters, author B contributes 2 chapters alone, 1 chapter in conjunction with 1 other author, 1 chapter in conjunction with 2 other authors and 1 chapter in conjunction with 4 other authors.

Step 1

One of the chapters contributed alone should be counted here. The value is 1 point divided by 1 author equals 1.

Step 2

The author has contributed a whole, a half, a third, and a fifth respectively to four of the fifteen remaining chapters in the book. Thus the value of those other chapters is

(1+0.5+0.33+0.2)*4/(16-1) = 0.54.

Step 3

The total value of the book for the author B is 1.54 (1 derived from step 1 plus 0.54 from step 2).