What is HERDC?
The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) is the annual collection of statistics from Australian universities about research output and income. HERDC outputs are measured nationally and impact on UniSA's research funding. For publications to be counted in the HERDC audit they must be submitted. HERDC is a broad indicator only and the University recognises this limitation by collecting data on a range of publication categories not included in the 2014 HERDC publication guidelines (for 2013 publications). These are detailed in the Internal research publications guidelines (currently under review).
How are Research Outputs collected?
From 2015 the overall responsibility for the collection of research outputs (publications) at UniSA will transfer from BIP to the Library. ISTS, BIP, and Library, in consultation with other stakeholders, are already working on a new integrated service delivery model for research outputs which will produce significant benefits including:
- reduction of administrative burden by having a simple online submission process which will require researchers and Publications Coordinators to interact with the system only once per output
- improvement in the collection and description of the outputs by replacing manual interventions with automatic harvesting, data cleaning and validation tools, and
- elimination of duplication of effort in Schools, Research Institutes/Centres, and central units.
The new online submission system is now being implemented, for more information see the Collection of Research Outputs Guide, or contact the Repository Services Team in the Library on 8302 5119.
What is the Research Outputs Repository (ROR)?
The Research Outputs Repository (ROR) contains records of research outputs. It includes publications (journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, reviews, reports etc.); selected scholarly articles; creative works (paintings, sculptures, photos, digital works etc.) and Higher Degree Student PhD and Masters by Research theses. Publications resulting in whole or in part from publicly funded research must be deposited in the Research Outputs Repostiory.
Publications in ROR are harvested by Trove, OAIster and Google, the UniSA Library catalogue and Library catalogues from other institutions. Trove is a service provided by the National Library of Australia which is a discovery service that provides increased visibility to Australian research to the world.
What should I contribute to the Research Outputs Repository (ROR)?
Any publication or scholarly output you produce as part of your research for the University should be submitted to the ROR. Preferably this would be an electronic copy of the final refereed, revised version (post-print), deposited in the ROR by the author within one month of acceptance for publication in compliance with the University's Open Access policy. The publisher version will be collected and made open access where permitted by the copyright holder (usually the publisher).