ITLS awarded highest rank - well above world standard - in Excellence in Research for Australia 2012

19 Dec 2012

In the Australian Research Council's latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2012) initiative the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies received the highest rank of 'well above world standard' (5) for its research in transportation and freight services (field of research 1507). This is important recognition of the excellent quality of the research that ITLS produces.

Less than one fifth (18%) of units evaluated nationally in the ERA 2012 achieved this ranking; in the commerce, management, tourism and services research sector, the sector in which transportation and freight services is assessed, only 10% of the 126 units evaluated across Australia achieved this ranking. Together with ITS-Monash, our partners in the Key Centre of Excellence, ITLS had the highest number of research outputs per full time academic (12.2) nationally in the commerce, management, tourism and services research sector and achieved well above the average number of research outputs per full time academic across all university research sectors in Australia (9.9).

The evaluation of data submitted for ERA 2012 was undertaken by eight research evaluation committees comprised of 147 distinguished and internationally recognised researchers from Australia and overseas, with expertise in their fields and in research evaluation. ERA is based on the principle of expert review informed by indicators. The ERA 2012 evaluations were informed by four broad categories of indicators: i) Research quality, considered on the basis of a publishing profile, citation analysis, ERA peer review, and peer reviewed Australian and international research income; ii) Research volume and activity, considered on the basis of total research outputs, research income and other research items within the context of the profile of eligible researchers; iii) Research application, considered on the basis of research commercialisation income and other applied measures; and iv) Recognition, considered on the basis of a range of esteem measures.

Detailed information on the ERA 2012 can be obtained from the Australian Research Council website: http://www.arc.gov.au/era/era_2012/outcomes_2012.htm