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Research Reports

Research Reports for an External Body

A research report for an external body is considered a non-traditional research output, and is defined as “a written research output commissioned or solicited by an external body such as a government department or private company” (ERA 2015 Specifications, p.50). Research reports for an external body became recognised as eligible research outputs for the first time in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 exercise.

Sub-categories of research reports are as follows:

Report typeDescription
Public SectorA research report that has been undertaken for an Australian, state, territory, local, foreign or international government body or organisation.
IndustryA research report that has been undertaken for a company, industry organisation, industry peak body, or an employer/employee association.
Not-For-Profit A research report that has been undertaken for a body or organisation operating in the not-for-profit sector.
OtherA research report undertaken for an organisation not covered by the above sub-categories.

In addition to the ERA exercise, research reports for an external body are considered eligible research outputs for annual internal CSU assessments. All research reports published by a CSU staff member which meet the criteria outlined below should be submitted to the system for recognition within CSU as part of that staff member’s performance record.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, the report must:

  • meet the definition of research
  • have been commissioned or solicited by an external body (refer to the above table for further information on the commissioning body)
  • have been made publicly available (where permissible. Sensitive reports will also be accepted and assessed for inclusion in the internal collection)
  • contain a CSU affiliation. Evidence for affiliation is normally an explicit acknowledgement of CSU (or its entities) on the byline, or in the contributor information page/s. 

Research reports can be submitted to the system through CRO. For further information and enquiries regarding research reports please contact the Research Office Outputs Team.