HERDC & ERA Information

The Information Management System is the broad name the Research Office gives to the databases used to store important research publication data and information for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) collections. The information system used by the University of Sydney is IRMA.

HERDC Deadline: The closing date for each year’s HERDC collection is the 31 March of the year following the date of the publications. For example, a 2009 publication can be submitted up to 31 March 2010.


Affiliation relates to where the author was at the time the research leading to the publication was conducted. The verifying information can be provided by using the proforma Microsoft Word document or affiliation letter Microsoft Word document template.

Research Codes

There are two types of Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) codes:

  • Field of Research (FOR) codes