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HARC: Helpful Academic Researchers Companion

HARC has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

What About ERA and ASPIRE?


Journal articles

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is the research quality evaluation initiative of the Australian Government, administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC). ERA is used to evaluate the quality of research undertaken by each university in Australia.

Your choice of journal will affect whether your article will be eligible to be counted as part of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation.

  • The ERA journal lookup list is available through ECU’s Research Activity System (RAS).

ASPIRE You may also wish to consider if the article meets the quality measures under ECU's research performance scheme, ASPIRE.  ASPIRE uses the metric Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) to evaluate articles. An article’s FWCI can be found in the SciVal database. SciVal draws its data from Scopus citation data. Therefore, to be in the running for a FWCI, the a journal you choose must be indexed by Scopus.


When selecting a book publisher it is a useful to see what characteristics a publisher must have in order for its publications to be counted as part of ASPIRE or ERA.

In both the Government Specifications for verification of research outputs in RAS and in the ERA 2018 Submission Guidelines it is noted that one criteria a book must satisfy to be included in assessments, is that it be published by a commerical publisher or be peer reviewed.

The Government Specifications for verification of research outputs in RAS  defines a commercial publisher as " entity for which the core business is publishing books and distributing them for sale." It is also noted that publication involves more than book production and includes editing, copy-editing, and a number of quality control measures such as peer review or in-house expert assessment

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