Research Services provides advice, analysis, and interpretation of corporate and sector-wide data on ECU’s research performance to inform strategic planning, institutional benchmarking and University-wide performance evaluation.
Research Services is also responsible for preparing the University’s submissions to ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) and EI (Engagement and Impact), and preparing subsequent associated analyses based on ratings outcomes and other benchmarking data released by the Australian Research Council.
Research Services prepares high-level and timely analyses of the University’s research performance at the University, School, Research Institute/Centre and discipline levels. Analyses draw on a range of data and metrics including research income, research grants, HDR completions, research outputs, citations, and collaboration.
Research performance analyses draw on ECU internal data as well as public and third-party data at the national and international level. Citation databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science, index both publications and the references made between them, the latter being referred to as citations. These databases, which can be accessed online via the Library, can be used to perform various publication and citation based analyses.
Dedicated tools have also been developed that can be used to undertake more sophisticated research performance analyses based on this data. This includes SciVal and InCites, the former drawing upon data from Scopus and the latter from Web of Science. Both of these tools can be used to perform benchmarking analyses at a range of levels.
The ‘ECU Institutional Hierarchy’ in SciVal further enables citation-based analyses for ECU Schools, Research Institutes and Research Centres. More information about the hierarchy can be found on the Library’s Researchers Companion website.
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
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Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is an initiative of the Federal Government to evaluate the quality of publicly-funded research undertaken by Australian universities. There have been four ERA rounds, in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2018. ERA is facilitated by the Australian Research Council (ARC). More information can be found from the Australian Research Council's ERA homepage.
ERA Time Series Report
The ERA Time Series Report presents a comparison of ECU submission data and ratings outcomes from all four rounds of ERA. The focus of the report is on the Fields of Research (FoRs) that were assessed (i.e. met the relevant minimum threshold of research outputs to be evaluated) and on key differences between rounds. The report is divided into two sections:
Part A: Overview of the ERA process, how ERA is assessed, and institutional-level outcomes
Part B: Summaries of ERA data and outcomes for two-digit and four-digit FoRs
This report was last updated on 3 September 2019.
Please note that these reports are confidential and are for ECU internal use only.
ERA 2018 Explanatory Statements
Explanatory Statements for each of the 2-digit ANZSRC Field of Research codes assessed as part of ECU’s submission for ERA-2018 can be found below. Confidential for ECU Internal Use only.
Research analytics scenarios
Listed below are a number of research performance analytics scenarios and the potential data sources that could be used to support these analyses.
For assistance with research performance data analytics, contact:
Research Performance Data Analyst
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5707
Senior Manager, Research Analytics, Systems and Performance
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2617
For assistance with the use of citation databases, contact:
Library Research Services
Telephone:(61 8) 6304 5525