Evaluating the data

ERA is a quality-based evaluation exercise, and therefore quantity of outputs mattered little.

The main focus in the evaluation was Indicators of Research Quality. For disciplines with citation analysis, this was primarily the proportion of articles in highly ranked journals, and the citation data on those.

For disciplines not subject to citation analysis, the main indicator of quality was the peer review of selected outputs. While the quality indicators were the most important, other indicators were also incorporated:

  • Indicators of research volume and activity
    Research volume and activity is considered on the basis of total research outputs and research income within the context of the eligible researcher profile.
  • Indicators of research application
    Applied research is considered on the basis of research commercialisation income and other applied measures.
  • Indicators of recognition
    Research recognition is considered on the basis of a range of esteem indicators.