Publication weighting: 5 points
The following criteria must be satisfied for a book to be accepted for the HERDC. The information below is based on the HERDC Specifications.
A book should also meet the General Publication Requirement for inclusion in the HERDC.
- must be published or available in 2012 - the book must have a 2012 copyright.
(Please note: Collection of 2013 published works is also now open.)
- must meet the HERDC Definition of Research
Note: many of the books published by professional bodies do not report original research findings but report the results of evaluations, or repackage existing information for the benefit of professionals or practitioners. It is important that these publications are assessed very carefully against the HERDC Definition of Research and that we only count those publications which report research activities.
- must be a major work of scholarship
- must be offered for sale - either as a bound hard copy, a packaged CD Rom or an e-book on a subscription or fee basis
- must have an ISBN - International Standard Book Number
- 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
- must have been published by a Commercial Publisher
- at least one of the authors must be affiliated with QUT (see section 9.4 - Author Affiliation)
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.
Books unlikely to meet the criteria
- edited books - chapters should be submitted as category B - Book Chapters
- creative works such as a novel
- revised or new editions - new chapters should be submitted as category B - Book Chapters
Note: many of the books published by professional bodies do not report original research findings but instead report the results of evaluations, or repackage existing information for the benefit of professionals or practitioners. It is important that these publications are assessed very carefully against the HERDC Definition of Research and only those publications which report research activities should be included in the Collection.
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 students, then each author gets 1.666 author points, and QUT gets 5 points. If a book has 4 authors, 2 QUT staff or 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 and appears on all publication reports.