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Creative Works

Creative works are assessed annually through the CSU Research Outputs Collection (ROC). In addition, the ERA assessment exercise includes creative works. This is an acknowledgement that research, and contribution to new knowledge, can manifest in other ways and forms in the creative arts. A variety of types of creative works are accepted for ERA. The recording and format of this sort of data is not straightforward and will evolve in CRO as the ARC establish more detailed criteria and a more definite position on how and what to measure.

Why submit creative works?

Creative works must be submitted to count towards staff members’ performance portfolios, and to be eligible for inclusion in both ERA and ROC. The below information explains what is required, if you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please contact the Research Outputs Team.


What are the creative works submission categories?

What am I required to submit?

What do I need to do before I begin submitting information?

What is meant by 'sensitivity'?

What do I do about copyright of files I provide?


What are the creative works submission categories?

Original creative works

  • visual art work – e.g. a fine arts and crafts work, diagram, map, photographic image, sculpture or installation
  • design/architectural work – e.g. realised, constructed, fabricated or unrealised building and design projects ('unrealised' projects must be an output that provides evidence of the research involved)
  • textual work – e.g. written creative work that is not eligible to be submitted as a book or journal article such as a novel or art review (exhibition catalogues and catalogue entries should be submitted in this subcategory)
  • other – original creative works that do not fit the above subcategories

Live performance of creative works (either a new work or a demonstrably new or innovative interpretation or production of an existing work) including:

  • music
  • play
  • dance
  • other

Recorded/rendered creative works

  • film/video
  • performance – created specifically for a recorded medium
  • inter-arts – often experimental, produced in association with other researchers in other disciplinary fields
  • digital creative work – creative 3D models, including digital outputs of architectural and design projects, computer programs, games and visual artworks
  • website/web exhibition – eligible if the researcher is the creator of the creative works featured on the website (curated web-based exhibitions of other people's creative works must be submitted as curated or produced substantial public exhibitions and events – see the following subcategory)
  • other

Curated or produced substantial public exhibitions and events

  • web-based exhibition - the curation and/or production of a website presenting a collection of creative works where the internet is the medium of the exhibited works
  • exhibition/event – the curation and/or production of a collection of creative works exhibited together for the first time, in that particular arrangement, in a recognised gallery, museum, or event (this should be accompanied by a well-researched publication that includes the time, location, and other details of the exhibition)
  • festival – the curation of a festival bringing together innovative work or existing works in an innovative format or through a theme that provides new perspectives and/or experiences
  • other

What am I required to submit?

A version of the creative work (which must have been publicly available) via:

  • sound recordings
  • videos
  • scripts (if copyright ownership permits)
  • images
  • leaflets
  • catalogue extracts
  • programs
  • promotional material

Evidence of review by, for example:

  • selection panel
  • the media (i.e. newspaper, magazine, radio, etc)
  • a scholarly or professional journal
  • editorial or creative review

A research statement (maximum 250 words) which outlines the research component of the work including:

  • research background – field, context, research question
  • research contribution – innovation, new knowledge
  • research significance – evidence of excellence

Evidence of CSU affiliation on the creative work, via:

  • byline
  • logo
  • mention in biographical blurb OR
  • make a statement on the submission form justifying the absence of an explicit CSU affiliation

What do you need to do before you begin submitting information?

Collect all the required information - a list of fields and definitions follows:

  • Locate the appropriate FOR and SEO Codes before entering your data - see FoR and SEO Codes page
  • Collect author information. If the author order is important for the item, ensure the byline is reflected accurately in the submission form to ensure that the authors are displayed in the right order. Otherwise they will be displayed in the order they were input.
  • Ensure that your files are ready to upload. ERA requires a digital version of the item for peer review. (See further information about formats and file sizes). More than one item can be included. The Research Statement should be entered in the appropriate field.
  • Submit your creative works through the online form

What is meant by 'sensitivity'?

Confidential or sensitive research outputs. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • commercially sensitive research outputs; or;
  • research outputs that are culturally sensitive. Institutions are responsible for identifying the nature of the sensitivity, the damage that may flow if sensitivity is not maintained or respected, and the conditions under which the research outputs may be reviewed. This requirement applies for all outputs, not just those identified for peer review. The ARC will regard such research outputs as having been submitted and received in confidence, and will maintain the sensitivity of the output unless otherwise required by law.
  • You can indicate the sensitivity of your output on the online form to ensure the output is managed appropriately.

What do I do about copyright of these files?

Copyright will need to be ascertained by the author of the creative work. The author may not own the copyright - it may, for example, be owned by the publisher of a text or the distributor of music. This can be followed up in negotiation with CRO. Items will only be loaded for public viewing if permission has been given by the copyright owner, otherwise they will be locked. Please contact the CRO Team if you have questions about this.

For further information on submitting creative works, please contact Amanda Shepherd (Research Outputs & Web Coordinator).