USP has recorded 74 A/A* publications in 2016, the highest ever in the history of the University.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has recorded 74 A/A* publications in 2016, the highest ever in the history of the University.
Professor Jito Vanualailai, Director Research confirmed this saying the previous high was recorded in 2014 at 61.
“This is great news and testament to the fact that USP’s Strategic Plan initiatives are certainly bearing fruits,” he noted.
Professor Vanualailai acknowledged Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP and Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International for their support, guidance and vision.
Professor Chandra congratulated Professor Vanualailai for this “fantastic outcome”.
“It does indicate our strategy is working. I wish to thank you, Professor Armstrong, the Deans and the Research Office team in particular for this outcome,” Professor Chandra noted.
Professor Vanualailai explained that an individual’s research outputs could be assessed based on three key measures: quantity, quality and impact (how much research is carried out, how good is it and what difference does it make).
USP monitors its research outputs through the institutional online and open-access repository which collects ‘standard’ research outputs such as journal articles and book publications; it monitors quality by adopting a journal ranking system that is a combination of three international ranking systems namely, the ERA2010 (Excellence for Research in Australia 2010), the Scientific Journal Rankings (Scopus) and the Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters); and it uses student supervision as a measure of societal impact (regional capacity building), as well as being a measure of activity (quantity) of research.
Through the Quality of Research (QoR) policy, USP establishes thresholds for research activity and a framework for its evaluation. It provides the University with a means to measure its research productivity, identify staff who need support in their research, as well as those staff who excel in research. This information enables the University to initiate appropriate intervention and to free up human and financial resources to support both research and teaching. Overall, it allows the University to measure and maximise its research productivity.
The University recognises and rewards research active staff in a number of ways including a publications rewards scheme to reward high-quality research publications.
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