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The Publications Collection

The HERDC (Higher Education Research Data Collection) Publications Collection is a report provided to the Commonwealth Government each year on the research outputs of CQUniversity. This information is harvested from ACQUIRE, the digital repository for research outputs, publications and creative works of the staff of CQUniversity.

Four categories of publications will be collected and reported to the Department of Industry for each calendar year. They are:

Publication: Authored Book (Research)
Maximum value for single author: 5 points (weighted)

Publication: Book Chapter (Research)
Maximum value for single author: 1 point

Publication: Refereed Journal Article
Maximum value for single author: 1 point

Publication: Refereed Full Conference Paper
Maximum value for single author: 1 point

To be included in the HERDC collection the publication must meet the following criteria:

• Must be original research
• Published by a commercial publisher
• Display author affiliation to CQUniversity on the publication
• For journal articles and conference papers, these must be peer reviewed
• Must have been published in the reference year 

HERDC definitions (taken from the 2013 HERDC Specifications):

1.3.2 Author affiliation

The author of the research publication being counted in the Research Publication Return – Return 2 must be affiliated with the claiming Higher Education Provider and the affiliation must be identified either within or on the work being claimed.

1.3.4 Commercial Publisher

A commercial publisher is an entity for which the core business is publishing books and distributing them for sale.

Important note: Publication is more than the production of a book.  It includes quality control such as peer review or equivalent in-house quality control through processes such as expert assessment or review, as well as editing, copy-editing, deisgn, and conversion or the work to an appropriate format. (definition continues, please read the 2013 HERDC specifications for the complete definition).

1.3.9 Peer review

An acceptable peer review process is one that involves impartial and independent assessment or review of the research publication in its entirety before publication, conducted by independent, qualified experts.  Independent in this context mean independent of the author. (definition continues, please read the 2013 HERDC specifications for the complete definition).

1.3.10 Research

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.  This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes.

This definition of research encompasses pure and strategic basic research, applied research and experimental development.  Applied research is original investigation undertaken to acquire new knowledge but directed towards a specific, practical aim or objective (including a client-driven purpose).
(definition continues, please read the 2013 HERDC specifications for the complete definition).

1.3.11 Reference Year

The reference year for research income (Categories 1,2 and 3) is the 2012 (previous year) calander year.

To determine eligibility of a publication for the HERDC collection, verification documents need to be submitted with a copy of your publication to ACQUIRE:
 Books/ Book Chapters (A1 and B1) verification materials are:

• front and back cover of book
• contents page
• preface and introduction
• bibliographic page (ISBN, publisher, place published, year of publication and edition)
• byline or footnote stating authors affiliation at CQUniversity.

If this information is available online please provide the link
 
Journal Article (C1) verification materials are:

• bibliographic information (ISBN, publisher, place published, year of publication and edition)
• byline or footnote stating authors affiliation at CQUniversity
• proof of refereeing (can be obtained from Ulrichs listing).

If this information is available online please provide the link
 
Conference Paper (E1) verification materials are:

• front cover of conference publication (or front or back covers from CD-ROM packaging)
• Bibliographic information (ISBN, publisher, place published, year of publication and edition)
• byline or footnote stating authors affiliation at CQUniversity 
• proof of refereeing.

If this information is available online please provide the link

Also, please submit a copy of the authors version pre-print of your publication with your submission, as this may be displayed in ACQUIRE, where the published version may not, depending on copyright.
 All HERDC Publications must be submitted through the ACQUIRE submission form, with all verification materials attached to your submission.
 
Scopus ID

CQUniversity subscribes to Scopus (please link to the Library home page for access to Scopus), a large database with access to citation data across the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature from 1996 to date.  Authors can create an author ID within Scopus.  This will assist with distinguishing between articles with authors of the similar names.  It will make searches for your publications within Scopus easier and more accurate.  This also ensures your information is recorded correctly.  Log on to Scopus to register your ID.


If you have any queries about HERDC eligibility, please contact Richelle Coll on 07 4923 2604 (extension 2604).

Please read the Instruction Manual on how to submit your publications for the Collection.

The HERDC specifications for the collection of data is available Department of Industry website.