Rating scale for Excellence in Research for Australia to be recalibrated, with Indigenous studies incorporated as a field in its own right
Experts will be enlisted to recalibrate Australia’s research assessment exercise, and Indigenous studies will be evaluated as a stand-alone field, following a review of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment.
This is an excellent, but thoroughly overdue, inclusion in the national research assessment process, to focus specifically work of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The reviewers’ report cites Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development data and Times Higher Education World University Rankings results as evidence of Australian research’s rising quality since ERA was introduced in 2010. But the improvement has occurred alongside a “rapid increase in the number of publications generated worldwide”, the report concedes.