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Research Branch
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005

Telephone: +61 8 8313 5137
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 3700

Publications Collection

Research publications are important to the University of Adelaide, and reporting on published research outputs attracts significant additional funding for the University in support of research activities and training.

In accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, researchers are required to acknowledge the University of Adelaide in your publications, as either a sole or co-author. Authors are also required to acknowledge any funding that has enabled the research prior to being published.

For further information, please consult the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research on the NHMRC's website, in particular:

  • Section 4 - Publication and Dissemination of Research Findings, and
  • Section 5 - Authorship

Authorship Policy

The University of Adelaide's Authorship Policy was formally approved by the Vice-Chancellor & President on 14 June 2012. It has been designed to ensure the University's compliance with the principles embodied in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and adopted in the Responsible Conduct of Research Policy. The Policy outlines the principles for determining authorship, and procedures related to authorship protocols, and dispute resolution.

Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) comprises research income and publications data submitted by universities each year to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE).

This data is used by DIICCSRTE, alongside with that of the Higher Education Student Data Collection, to determine funding allocations to universities via a series of national schemes. read more [+]



HERDC Support Material

2013 HERDC Specifications

Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) Specifications includes information regarding the determination of allocations to universities under the Research Training Scheme, the Institutional Grants Scheme, and the Research Infrastructure Block Grants Scheme.

Forms & Proformas

  • Publications Collection Pro-forma (interim) for submission to Research Branch
  • Author affiliation statement (docx, doc, rtf) - for research outputs not by-lined to the University

Resources for Publications Coordinators:

  • Publications Collection Manual (docx / pdf)
  • ORBIT Researcher Profiles (Publications tab) - search for research outputs in the current collection
  • List of current University Academics and Titleholders - Available upon request
  • HERDC information session for publication coordinators - held October/November 2013

Forwarding Evidence to the Research Branch

Publication evidence may be forwarded to, OR by sending a hard-copy to the address listed below. If emailing entire publications, please include only one (PDF) publication per file.

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Key Collection Milestones
  • All publications to be submitted to the Research Branch: 31 March
  • Research Branch quality assurance and analysis to meet submission requirements: 2 June
  • Obtain Vice-Chancellor's Certification Statement for the publications submission: 27 June
  • HERDC submission: 30 June
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Useful Links

This section contains a list of useful websites that can provide more information, specific detail on a topic, and support.


Finding Publications

  • Adelaide Research & Scholarship: Adelaide Research & Scholarship (AR&S) is the University of Adelaide's institutional digital repository.
  • Google scholar: Search for scholarly literature by author or title.
  • Scopus: Search for journal articles by author, year or journal title in this online database of research literature with over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers.
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge Current Contents: (formally ISI) Search for journal articles by author, year or journal title in the online database. Coverage includes complete bibliographic information from journal articles

Bibliographic / Publishing Directories

  • Trove (National Library of Australia) - useful for clarifying bibliographic/meta-data, and with convenient links to third-party websites including Google Books and other online booksellers.
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory - search for journals, those listed "Refereed: Yes" are considered to have met HERDC peer review requirements.

Assessing Quality

SENSE Benchmarks for Publication Output, 2007-2013

The SENSE Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment is a joint venture of the environmental research institutes across ten Dutch universities. SENSE uses standards to assess the quality of the scientific output, and evaluates the ranked-list of publishers yearly. For more information on SENSE quality assessment, visit

SENSE Book-Publisher rankings:

How SENSE ranks research outputs
SENSE distinguishes between A, B, and C journals, and for books between A, B, and C publishers. Please note that these rankings should not be confused with ERA 2010 outlet rankings.
For more information, please refer to the SENSE Benchmarks for Publication Outputs for 2007-2013 (PDF)

Predatory Publications

Benchmarking/Ranking & Performance Analysis

Research Classification

The ANZSRC SEO classification allows R&D activity in Australia and New Zealand to be categorised according to the intended purpose or outcome of the research, rather than the processes or techniques used in order to achieve this objective. The SEO is a hierarchical classification with four levels, namely Sector (letter), Divisions (2 digits), Groups (4 digits) and Objectives (6 digits)

For more information on the aforementioned Types of Activity Classification, please visit:

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HERDC Contacts

Address all mail using full address to:

Sue Delaine
Research Branch
Level 7, 115 Grenfell Street
The University of Adelaide SA 5005

Please contact a staff member below for a full list of University Academics and Titleholders.


Melinda M Dodd Manager, Research Systems & Operations 8313 1733
Sue Delaine Publications and Finance Officer 8313 3340