5.4.9 Non-Traditional Eligible Research Output Types

For disciplines in which non-traditional research output types may be submitted (see the ERA 2015 Discipline Matrix) eligible research output types include the following non-traditional research output types:

  • Original Creative Works;
  • Live Performance of Creative Works;
  • Recorded/Rendered Creative Works; and
  • Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibitions and Events
  • Research Reports for an External Body

To be eligible, non-traditional research outputs must have been made available publicly during the research outputs reference period.

For fields of research that conduct ERA peer review (see the ERA 2015 Discipline Matrix), non-traditional research outputs may be submitted under any of the five non-traditional research output types given above. However, citation fields of research may only submit nontraditional research outputs under the ‘Research Reports for an External Body’ output type. ‘Research Reports for an External Body’ submitted within citation fields of research will not be eligible for peer review.

Where institutions have nominated non-traditional research outputs for ERA peer review, institutions must provide a statement identifying the research component of the output, known as a ‘ResearchStatement for ERA Peer Review of Non-Traditional Research Outputs (see section and Appendix C: Contents of Research Statement for ERA Peer Review of Non-Traditional Research Outputs).

Multiple exhibitions/performances of non-traditional research output types may be counted as separate outputs where each subsequent exhibition/performance introduces a new research component to the work that builds upon the initial research component of the output.

Multiple exhibitions/performances of these research output types cannot be submitted as multiple outputs where the repeated exhibitions/performances do not introduce a new research component to the work. For example, a touring exhibition can only be submitted as a single output.

Institutions may submit a portfolio of items as a single non-traditional research output. A portfolio is a collection of individual items that are derived from the same underlying research endeavour but do not in themselves constitute a research output. The portfolio must be able to demonstrate coherent research content. In addition, the individual items should be related in a way so that the resulting portfolio constitutes research. For such items, institutions must identify the relationship using a portfolio name and portfolio number.

Portfolios are only eligible to be submitted within fields of research which are flagged with “other NTRO” (see the ERA 2015 Discipline Matrix).