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Research Output Reporting

Information on USC reportable publication schemes.


ERA (Excellence in Research For Australia) is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks. The ratings are determined and moderated by committees of distinguished researchers, drawn from Australia and overseas. The unit of evaluation is broadly defined as the Field of Research (FoR) within an institution based on the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification (ANZSRC).


ERA is based on expert review informed by a range of indicators. The indicators used in ERA include a range of metrics such as citation profiles which are common to disciplines in the natural sciences, and peer review of a sample of research outputs which is more broadly common in the humanities and social sciences.


The objectives of ERA are to:

  1. establish an evaluation framework that gives government, industry, business and the wider community assurance of the excellence of research conducted in Australian higher education institutions
  2. provide a national stocktake of discipline level areas of research strength and areas where there is opportunity for development in Australian higher education institutions
  3. identify excellence across the full spectrum of research performance
  4. identify emerging research areas and opportunities for further development
  5. allow for comparisons of research in Australia, nationally and internationally, for all discipline areas.


The first full round of ERA occurred in 2010 and the results were published in early 2011. This was the first time a nationwide stock take of discipline strengths and areas for development had ever been conducted in Australia. There have been three subsequent rounds of ERA in 2012, 2015 and 2018. 


The next round of ERA will likely be 2023.


Further information will be posted as it becomes available.  

In the meantime, visit the ARC ERA website.

ERA Specifications

Download the latest ERA submission guidelines for ERA2018.


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