Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)

Each year the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) asks Australian universities to submit information on the research publications produced by their staff, students, affiliates (honoraries and visiting scholars) in the preceding year. This process is called the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC). The collection of HERDC data is designed to ensure the Australian Government’s research block grants are allocated in a fair and transparent way and to support the policy intent of the funding.

Publications collected fall into these four designated categories:

  • A1: Authored Book;
    B1: Book Chapter;
    C1: Journal Article (peer reviewed);
    E1: Conference Proceeding (published and peer reviewed).

In order to report your publications, SOPHI needs to provide DIISR with specific information that varies according to the publication category. For more information on what is required for each category please select the relevant menu item on the left.


Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is a federal government initiative, developed by the ARC in cooperation with the NHMRC, to evaluate research quality within Australia's higher education institutions. Publications data over a period of five years is collected for submission to the ARC. The University uses the IRMA database to store both ERA and HERDC data. For further information regarding ERA please visit the ERA webpage hosted by the University’s Research and Innovation Portfolio.


IRMA is the acronym for the University’s ‘Integrated Research Management Application’ database and is the repository for HERDC and ERA publication data. Researchers can view their IRMA entry by logging into the system using their Unikey details here.

Corrections or amendments to entries should be sent to the School’s Research Support Officer (RSO), or to the Research Analytics and Data Strategy team (RADS) at .

For further information regarding the collection of research output please visit the Research Support webpage hosted by the University’s Research and Innovation Portfolio – http://sydney.edu.au/research_support/performance/index.shtml

University of Sydney Affiliations

Staff and students

The guidelines from DIISR indicate that, In order for SOPHI (and thus USyd) to claim the publications of staff and students, they are to have their affiliation within or on the work being claimed. However, at present there is provision, where no such affiliation is indicated within or on the work, to sign a proforma stating that the work has been undertaken in their capacity as staff or student at the University of Sydney. Staff should be aware that this may change, and, wherever possible, include thir affiliation within or on their publications.

Honoraries and Visitors

Until recently, this was also the case for Honoraries and Visitors. However, the Research Office has now indicated that it will no longer accept a signed proforma from Honoraries or Visitors, and will only accept their publications where their affiliation is stated within or on the publication itself. We therefore ask that Honorary members of SOPHI and visitors, wherever possible, include thier University of Sydney affiliation within or on their research publications.