Research Publications FAQs

Why does OoR collect research publication data?

All Australian universities are required to submit publications data to to the Australian Research Council (ARC) for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission.

 In addition, collection of publications data:

  • allows Southern Cross University to understand the breadth of research activities undertaken and the fields in which the research activity occurs.
  • helps the University to build reliable staff research and scholarship profiles.
  • enables IRMA publication reports to be produced for staff submitting Academic Portfolios.
  • enables Southern Cross University staff to make research outputs discoverable through the 'ePublications@SCU' open access repository.

When should I submit publications to OoR?

Southern Cross University authors are encouraged to submit their publications to the OoR as soon as they have been published.

 Journal articles may be submitted when the article is published online with a doi. A record with 'in press' details will be created. 'In press' records are checked regularly by the publications team and final verification will take place once the article is published in hard copy. Hard copy publication year will be recorded as the year of publication.

Please note this only applies to articles published online. All other publication types should have full publication details before submitting.

All publications types should be submitted by no later 30 April in the year following publication year.

What do I need to know about FoR and SEO Codes?

Fields of Research (FoR) Codes are used to identify the general topic area in which the research was carried out. At least one FoR code at the 4 digit level needs to be recorded on publication submission forms. Up to 3 FoR codes can be selected and each code is assigned a percentage depending on relevance. All FoR's percentage apportionments must add up to 100%.

Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) Codes are used to identify the principal area where the research leading to the publication will benefit the nation. At least one SEO code at the 4 digit level needs to be recorded on publication submission forms. Up to 3 SEO codes can be selected and each code is assigned a percentage depending on relevance. All SEO's percentage apportionments must add up to 100%.

What submission form do I use?

Separate submission forms are used for each of the different publication categories. All submission forms are located at Publications Submissions Forms.

How do I submit a Portfolio

Before submitting, discuss your proposed portfolio with your school Research Director.

A portfolio may consist of different NTRO types, e.g. an exhibition and a textual work. Download and complete the appropriate NTRO form for each component output in the portfolio, attach documentation of the individual work to each form and submit to your school Research Director for approval.

Individual Research Statements are NOT required for each component output, but a Research Statement must be provided for the portfolio as a cohesive body of work.