For all publications classified as journal articles (C1, C2, C3 and C4) the following applies: Publications in this category are works of scholarship, not merely works of composition of a professional or even non-professional nature.
C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal (DEST category)
This category refers to a substantial work of scholarship published in a scholarly journal following a formal process of peer review, as defined at section 4.6.
To be included in this category the publication must meet all of the following requirements:
must meet the definition of research (see section 3) as amplified in the key characteristics of research publications (see section 4.1);
must be published in a scholarly journal;
must have been peer reviewed as defined in section 4.6 (note that the fact that an article has been peer reviewed does not automatically mean that it is eligible. The article must still meet the definition of research as well as all other criteria);
must have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Some journals may be regularly published as separate volumes with an ISBN rather than an ISSN. Provided that the publication is clearly identified as an edition of a journal, and not a book, articles in such publications may be eligible if they meet all other criteria.
If an ISSN does not appear in the journal, external evidence such as an ISSN number being cited in an extract from Ulrich’s or ISI is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of the number;
the author must be affiliated with the claiming HEP (see 4.3).
The types of journal articles that may meet the criteria include:
commentaries and communications of original research;
letters to Nature;
critical scholarly texts which appear in article form;
articles reviewing multiple works or an entire field of research;
The types of journal articles that are unlikely to meet the criteria include:
letters to the editor;
articles designed to inform practitioners on existing knowledge in a professional field;
articles in newspapers and popular magazines;
brief commentaries and communications of original research; or
reviews of art exhibitions, concerts, theatre productions.
In brief, for journal articles, any of the following are acceptable as evidence of peer review:
the journal is listed in one of the Institute for Scientific Information indexes (www.isinet.com/journals);
the journal is classified as “refereed” in Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory (Volume 5 - Refereed Serials) or via Ulrich’s web site www.ulrichsweb.com;
there is a statement in the journal which shows that contributions are peer reviewed;
there is a statement or acknowledgement from the journal editor which shows that contributions are peer reviewed;
a copy of a reviewer’s assessment relating to the article; or
the journal is included in DEST’s Register of Refereed Journals
(DEST used to maintain a Register of Refereed Journals to 2005. This Register is at http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/online_forms_services/documents/RegisterOfRefereedJournals_rtf.htm and lists of some journals that satisfy the peer review requirements).
Inclusion on the ISI index, or Ulrich’s listing or the DEST Register does not automatically allow all articles in such journals to be counted in the collection. Inclusion only indicates that peer review requirements have been satisfied. Other requirements must also be met.
Conference papers published in journals which meet all criteria for category C1 as well as all criteria for category E1 may be counted in either (but NOT both). The verification requirements will be those applicable to the category in which the publication is counted.
C2 Other contribution to refereed journal Contribution to a refereed journal which does not meet the criteria for C1 and which may or may not itself be subject to a formal process of peer review, but which makes a contribution to the discipline beyond straightforward description. Review articles, commentaries, case studies and case reports may meet the criteria for this category.
C3 Non-refereed article (including article in 'professional' journal) A work of scholarship published in an unrefereed journal controlled by an editorial board. Also an article such as a set of guidelines or summary of the state of knowledge in an area, generally intended to inform practitioners in a professional field about current developments in thinking or technology. Medical case histories are included in this category.
C4 Letter or note An unrefereed communication (including editorial commentary) published in a journal controlled by an editorial board. (Note: This category is not intended for book reviews, which may only be included if they meet the criteria for C2 above.) DEST Verification Requirements For all publications, the Higher Education Provider (HEP) must be able to provide the following, if required by DEST or for a publications audit:
clarification of the bibliographical information required per publication category, as appropriate;
evidence indicating the author’s affiliation to the HEP;
additional material for each of the publications categories as specified below:
Journal Articles (C1)
copy or offprint of article;
proof of peer reviewing as described in section 4.3;
photocopies of pages showing all bibliographical information (ISSN, journal title, author(s), all dates referring to copyright, publication, printing and distribution);
if an ISSN does not appear in the journal, external evidence such as an ISSN number being cited in an extract from an ISI index, or being cited as ‘refereed’ in Ulrich’s Directory is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of the number.
Meets definition of research
Published in 2005 as defined in 4.5
Peer reviewed as per section 4.6
Author(s) staff or student when research undertaken
Points claimed apportioned for reporting unit* if jointly authored
* University or area within university as appropriate. If reporting for a school do not claim for authors based in other schools.
Copy or offprint of article/contribution
Photocopies of pages showing all bibliographic information (journal title, dates where not provided in copy or offprint)
By-line or footnote or statement in publication indicating research undertaken in author's capacity as a staff member or student of the university
Peer reviewed as per section 4.6
Proof of invited status (if applicable)