Prior to 2016, HERDC submission to the Commonwealth Government included both research income and research publications, and determined our Research Block Grant funding amounts.
Changes to the way research funding is allocated to universities has meant that from 2016 publications are no longer being included in the government submission.
For further information on RPDC or ERA reporting: Library - USC Research Bank Rebecca Cooke - Research Collections Coordinator, Library Office of Research Lei Zhao - Team Leader, Research Performance and Information, Office of Research Download the last HERDC specifications (for publications) for the 2015 Collection year (click image below).
Note that publications are no longer being submitted to the government for HERDC reporting from 2016 however our RPDC internal reporting follows the criteria specified in these guidelines.
It implies quality control (such as peer review or in-house quality control) and enhancement through processes such as assessment or review, editing, copy-editing, design, and conversion of the work to an appropriate format.
A Research is defined as the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings.
You can also attach your Research Statement as part of the online submission if you wish.
For consideration for ERA submission, a Research Statement identifying the research component of your output is required to accompany each creative work.
This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes.
This definition of research is consistent with a broad notion of research and experimental development (R&D) as comprising of creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.