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C1 - Journal Articles

To be included in this category the journal article must meet the definition of research and:

  • must be published in a scholarly journal
  • must have been peer-reviewed. Note: the fact that an article has been peer reviewed does not automatically mean that it is eligible. The article must still meet the definition of research as well as all other criteria
  • must have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
    • Some journals may be regularly published as separate volumes with an ISBN rather than an ISSN. Provided that the publication is clearly identified as an edition of a journal, and not a book, articles in such publications may be eligible if they meet all other criteria
    • If an ISSN does not appear in the journal:
  • the author must be affiliated with the claiming Higher Education Provider (HEP).

The types of journal articles that may meet the criteria include: commentaries and communications of original research; research notes; letters to journals, provided that the letter satisfies the definition of research and the subsequent definitions for journal articles in this section; critical scholarly texts which appear in article form; articles reviewing multiple works or an entire field of research; invited papers in journals; articles in journals which are targeted to both scholars and professionals; and articles in a stand alone series.

The types of journal articles that do not meet the criteria include: letters to the editor; case studies; articles designed to inform practitioners on existing knowledge in a professional field; articles in newspapers and popular magazines; editorials; book reviews; brief commentaries and communications of original research; and reviews of art exhibitions, concerts, theatre productions.

 Documentation Required for Verification

  • The article or offprint of article/contribution
  • Pages showing all bibliographic information:
    • ISSN 
    • Journal Title
    • Article Title
    • Author(s)
    • Publisher
    • Dates where not provided in the article or offprint
  • By-line or footnote or statement in publication indicating research undertaken in author's capacity as a staff member or student of the HEP
  • Evidence that the article has been peer-reviewed
  • Evidence of the year of publication
  • Evidence of invited status (if applicable)

Peer Review

For the purposes of the HERDC, an acceptable peer review process is one that involves an assessment or review of the research publication in its entirety by independent, qualified experts before publication. Independent in this context means independent of the author.

For journal articles, any of the following are acceptable as evidence of peer review:

  • the journal is listed on the ARC's ERA 2012 or 2010 journal lists
  • the journal is listed in Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge Master Journal List
  • the journal is classified as 'refereed' in Ulrich's Knowledgebase
  • there is a statement in the journal which shows that contributions are peer reviewed
  • there is a statement or acknowledgement from the journal editor which shows that contributions are peer reviewed
  • a copy of a reviewer's assessment relating to the article.

Note: a statement from an author that a publication was peer reviewed is not acceptable. The existence of a national or international advisory board is also not sufficient evidence that all relevant publications were assessed by members of it.