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The information below is based on the HERDC Specifications.

Publication weighting: 5 point

The following criteria must be satisfied for a book to be accepted for the HERDC.

A book:

  1. A book must meet the four general publication requirements for inclusion in the HERDC

  2. must be published or available in 2014 - the book must have a 2014 copyright

  3. must be a major work of scholarship

  4. must have an ISBN - International Standard Book Number

  5. must be written entirely by a single author, or by joint authors who share responsibility for the whole book ie. it is not an edited book

  6. must have been published by a commercial publisher or if not published by a commercial publisher, it must be peer reviewed.

Evidence that these criteria have been met must be shown in the verification material.


The types of books that may meet the criteria include

  • critical scholarly texts (e.g. music, medieval or classical texts)
  • new interpretations of historical events
  • new ideas or perspectives based on established research findings.


The types of books that do not meet the criteria include

  • textbooks
  • anthologies
  • edited books - chapters should be submitted as category B - Book Chapters
  • creative works such as a novel
  • translations (unless they have a major demonstrable original research component)
  • revised or new editions
  • manuals and handbooks
  • theses (PhD, Masters and Honours).

Note: Many of the books published by professional bodies do not report original research findings but report the results of evaluations, or compile existing information for the benefit of professionals or practitioners. It is important that HEPs assess these publications very carefully against the definition of research provided at section 1.3.10 and only count those publications which are major works of scholarship and report original research activities for the first time. Freely available research-related reports published by external institutes or public agencies and departments are also unlikely to meet these criteria.

The government will monitor and audit publications, as necessary, to ensure there is consistency of approach.

How the weighting works

A book is worth 5 points however this is divided equally between the number of authors. If a book has 3 authors who are all QUT staff or postgraduate research students, then each author gets 1.666 author points, and QUT gets 5 points. If a book has 4 authors, 2 QUT staff or postgraduate research students and 2 external authors, each author gets 1.25 author points and QUT gets 2.5 points. The weighting is automatically calculated on the RM Database.

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