[csaa-forum] FW: HERDC/ERA criteria
J.Stratton at curtin.edu.au
Wed Mar 2 12:09:06 CST 2011
Hi again Everybody,
I have recieved an email off-list asking about the editing of journal issues. Now, before commenting on this, let me direct you all to the key HERDC document: http://www.innovation.gov.au/Research/ResearchBlockGrants/Documents/2011HERDCSpecifications.pdf . Here, in Part C, 9, you will find the key information as to what HERDC/ERA counts as research.
In answer to the query about guest editing journal issues, I think the answer is that it is unclear. As a consequence, at Curtin, acknowledgement is given for guest editing journal issues. Where publishing a sole-authored book is worth 500 points, and a chapter in a book, and an article, is worh 100 points, guest editing a journal issue is worth 25 points (this will be split if there is a second editor). Membership of a journal's editorial board is worth 10 points.
From: Jonathan Stratton
Sent: Wed 3/2/2011 10:15 AM
To: csaa-forum at lists.cdu.edu.au
Subject: HERDC/ERA criteria
As we all digest the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) results for our own universities I am wondering how our various universities are coping with a decision that the people who administer HERDC (Higher Education Research Data Collection) made a couple of years ago. This involves edited collections. As you may, or may not, know HERDC does not consider the editing of collections as research and a contribution to knowledge. However, it does count chapters published in edited collections. Thus, for HERDC the editing of collections goes unacknowledged. Moreover, as HERDC does not count edited collections so, I understand, the ERA data collection likewise does not count edited collections.
Now, at Curtin, where there has been a big push for some years to increase research, the R&D people have tied the criteria for research very closely to HERDC/ERA. Thus, for example, staff that publish in A and A* ranked journals are more rewarded than staff that publish in B and C ranked journals. And, staff that edit collections are not given any credit for this. The only acknowledgement in research terms for editing a collection comes if one has a chapter in that collection. Thus, there is no encouragement for editing collections--even though having a chapter in a edited collection brings rewards. I am sure that I don't need to spell out the logic of this!
So, I am wondering how other unis are dealing with this situation. I am also wondering if any institution has lobbied HERDC about this.
Dr Jon Stratton, Professor of Cultural Studies,
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