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									ERA Research Statements for Peer Review of Non-
Traditional Outputs
This document addresses the requirements for the Research Statements for Peer Review of
Non-Traditional Eligible Research Output Types for the HCA, SBE and EE Clusters.
These instructions are based on the ERA Submission Guidelines at, (pp41 – 45), our experience of the ERA
2009 Trial and informal feedback received from the ARC.

Non-traditional outputs
Institutions are asked to identify 20 per cent of all outputs in each of the four-digit FoRs where
peer review will occur.
Eligible research output types in these clusters include non-traditional outputs. To support the
peer review process a statement identifying the research component of each nominated non-
traditional research output must be available, together with a representation of the output, in the
Monash ARROW repository. Where a group of like outputs is to be submitted as a portfolio only
one statement describing the research behind the body of work needs to be submitted.
Non-traditional outputs include the following Creative Works.
           Original (Creative) Works;
           Live Performance of Creative Works;
           Recorded/Rendered Creative Works; and
           Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibitions and Events.
When selecting outputs for peer review, institutions have been advised to focus on those outputs
with a substantial research component. Peer reviewers will only examine these outputs on the
basis of the research component as specified in the research statement available in the
institutional repository.

Content of Statements
The research statement must be a maximum of 2000 characters including spaces (about 250
words) and should address the following information:
    1. Research Background
                 Field
                 Context
                 Research Question
    2. Research Contribution
                  Innovation
                  New Knowledge
    3. Research Significance
                  Evidence of Excellence

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Our experience at Monash during the Trial indicated that researchers often had difficulty
describing the research element in their non-traditional/creative output, in particular addressing
the ‘research question’. Formal feedback from a meeting between the ARC and the Go8 noted
that there were problems with these statements in the Trial but arose mainly from missing
Researchers may consider the following questions helpful in addressing the research
question/contribution in statements:
          What was the contribution to knowledge?
          What makes it distinct from existing research?
          What was the nature of the original investigation or the enquiry?
          What were the questions driving the work, the aims and objectives?1
Four-digit and two-digit coordinators may wish to make an initial provisional selection of non-
traditional outputs for peer review for later confirmation once it has been demonstrated that the
research element in individual outputs can be sufficiently addressed in a statement.

The title of a work needs to appear at least once in a statement. If a title is lengthy an
abbreviated version can be used in subsequent references or the term ‘the work’, ‘the output’,
‘the installation’ or similar can be used to economise on character spaces.
The final file submitted to the ARC containing the statements is devoid of any formatting. This
means that no italics or bold font or underlining can be used in the statements. When referring to
the title of the output, or the publication in which a review appeared, quote marks should be
used, eg ‘A summer’s day’, or the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
Sample statements are provided in Appendix B from the ARC. The major sub-headings used in
the samples should be retained.

    From powerpoint, Prof Paul Gough, UWE Bristol, talk delivered at Massey University, November 2009.

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Appendix A – Disciplines subject to peer review
The following table presents a list of 4-Digit Fields of Research [4FoR] codes and categories of
outputs for which Peer Review is required for the ERA.
                                                                  Output Types Subject to Peer Review
FoR    FoR Name                                           Books   Chapters     Articles     Conf Pub       Traditional
0101   Pure Mathematics                                    Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1201   Architecture                                        Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1202   Building                                            Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1203   Design Practice and Management                      Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1204   Engineering Design                                  Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1205   Urban and Regional Planning                         Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1299   Other Built Environment and Design                  Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1301   Education Systems                                   Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1302   Curriculum and Pedagogy                             Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1303   Specialist Studies in Education                     Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1399   Other Education                                     Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1401   Economic Theory                                     Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1402   Applied Economics                                   Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1403   Econometrics                                        Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1499   Other Economics                                     Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1501   Accounting, Auditing and Accountability             Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1502   Banking, Finance and Investment                     Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1503   Business and Management                             Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1504   Commercial Services                                 Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1505   Marketing                                           Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1506   Tourism                                             Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1507   Transportation and Freight Services                 Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1599   Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services    Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1601   Anthropology                                        Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes             Yes
1602   Criminology                                         Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1603   Demography                                          Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1604   Human Geography                                     Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1605   Policy and Administration                           Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1606   Political Science                                   Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1607   Social Work                                         Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1608   Sociology                                           Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1699   Other studies in Human Society                      Yes      Yes          Yes          Yes               -
1801   Law                                                 Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1802   Maori Law                                           Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1899   Other Law and Legal Studies                         Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1901   Art Theory and Criticism                            Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1902   Film, Television and Digital Media                  Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1903   Journalism and Professional Writing                 Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1904   Performing Arts and Creative Writing                Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1905   Visual Arts and Crafts                              Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
1999   Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing          Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2001   Communication and Media Studies                     Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2002   Cultural Studies                                    Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2003   Language Studies                                    Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2004   Linguistics                                         Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2005   Literary Studies                                    Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2099   Other Language, Literature and Culture              Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2101   Archaeology                                         Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2102   Curatorial and Related Studies                      Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2103   Historical Studies                                  Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2199   Other History and Archaeology                       Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2201   Applied Ethics                                      Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2202   History and Philosophy of Specific Fields           Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2203   Philosophy                                          Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2204   Religion and Religious Studies                      Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes
2299   Other Philosophy and Religious Studies              Yes      Yes          Yes           -              Yes

1. Data about Books, Book Chapters, Journal Articles, and Conference Publications, must be submitted to the
     ARC across all FoRs. FoRs that have a corresponding ‘Yes’ under those types of outputs [in the above
     table], must also nominate 20% of all outputs within that FoR for Peer Review. Peer Review Nomination is
     required in all of the above FoRs, notwithstanding failing to meet the Low Volume Threshold.
2. Where a 4FoR is not evaluated by the ARC due to low volume, all of the outputs in that 4FoR are aggregated
     and evaluated [including Peer Review] at the 2-Digit FoR level.
3. Only those FoRs listed above with a ‘Yes’ under Non Traditional may submit Non-Traditional outputs for
     ERA, and in all cases, those outputs are included in the Peer Review nomination process.
Refer to:
Discipline Matrices ERA 2010 on the RQT Web

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Appendix B
The ARC has provided the following sample Research Statements.
Sample 1
Research Background
Current international developments in painting have identified the need to establish complex
forms for representing identity in terms of facial expression. While this research recognises the
significance of facial expression, it has overlooked the unstable nature of identity itself.
Research Contribution
The paintings ‘Multiple Perspectives’ by Y address the question of the unstable nature of identity
as expressed in painterly terms through a study in unstable facial phenomenon using the
philosophical concept of ‘becoming’. In doing so it arrives at a new benchmark for the discipline in
understanding visual identity, namely that identity is not bound to stable facial phenomena but,
like other forms of meaning, is constantly undergoing change.
Research Significance
The significance of this research is that it overcomes barriers for visually understanding the
complex nature of identity and its expressive painterly possibilities. Its value is attested to by the
following indicators: selection of the painting for inclusion in the international exhibition
‘Documenta’, Kassel, Germany; its inclusion as a case study in the renowned Courtauld Institute,
University of London, ‘Issues in Contemporary Art’ graduate seminar series; its being the subject
of a chapter in the book ‘Identity Reframed’ published by Thames and Hudson and authored by
the renowned art historian Z; its forming part of a competitively funded ARC project.

Sample 2
Research Background
The current trend in office design is for 'open plan'; workspaces that are light, spacious, and
conducive to the wellbeing and the productivity of the worker.
Research Contribution
This installation piece challenges the concept and meaning of 'open' and how it is interpreted in
the geography of a workspace. The research questions the definition and interpretation of this
concept by providing a confined and claustrophobic space into which a person steps
geographically, but in which that person is surrounded by visual images of what is traditionally
'open' and 'light': green open fields, light colours, large expanses of ocean and sky, and so on. It
is in this immediate visual juxtaposition of the notion of feeling 'free' and 'open' and the reality of
being in a confined, notionally airless space that the installation piece contributes to the dialogue
and challenges the meaning of 'open office'.
Research Significance
The significance of this research lies in its contribution to the pre-existing dialogue surrounding
the argument for an 'open office' through a three-dimensional visual representation of the
geography of space. This installation became part of a curated exhibition at Lisa Cho Gallery,
Sydney, in June-July 2007, and was commissioned by the Australian Government in 2008 as part
of the new Australian Federal Police building in Canberra, Australia.

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