Following a USP wide consultation, the Book and Book Chapters subcommittee of the University Research Committee has confirmed a new method of ranking, which has recently been approved by SMT. The Research Office, is pleased to announce the new system of ranking Books and Book Chapters for all USP publications as detailed below:
A) RANKING OF BOOKS
In addition, high quality publically available refereed reports will also count as publications even though they have not been produced by a commercial publisher and/or may not be offered for sale.
B) RANKING OF BOOK CHAPTERS
C) RANKING OF EDITED BOOKS
D) WEIGHTING OF BOOKS
It is generally agreed that research-based books are substantial endeavors of scholarship and that this should be recognized in the assessment of their research contribution. The Australia HERDC annual research return weights research books to journal articles at 5:1. This weighting is commonly adopted internally within Australian universities allocation and reward systems. Therefore, USP will adopt a 5:1 rating for books to be consistent with practice in research assessment internationally.
E) WEIGHTING OF BOOK CHAPTERS
To be consistent with our international comparator universities, a book chapter in a recognized edited volume will be weighted equally to a journal article.
F) WEIGHTING OF AN EDITED BOOK
The weighting for an edited book, if accepted within the classification system, would be equivalent to a single journal publication.
G) PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
*Please note that this new method of ranking will apply to publications from the year 2014 and onwards.
For more information, please contact:
The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & International)
The University of the South Pacific
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