Elsevier has revealed that the Australian Research Council has selected SciVerse Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database, for the third time as the sole citation provider for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment for 2012.
ERA is an Australian Government initiative to assess the quality of research undertaken in Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by internationally recognized researchers with expertise in research evaluation. The 2009 ERA trial covered two discipline clusters, namely physics, chemistry and earth sciences (PCE) and humanities and creative arts (HCA). In 2010 the full ERA process was conducted.
Professor Margaret Sheil, CEO of the ARC said, “It is imperative for all key stakeholders involved in the process, including the Australian Government, to understand Australia’s strengths, to continue to innovate, collaborate and assist the process of research and discovery. We’ve selected SciVerse Scopus for its breadth and depth of coverage including journal titles from over 100 nations. The ARC welcomes this collaboration with Elsevier and thanks them for the strong business commitment they have shown for the ERA initiative.”
The ERA 2012 assessment will open for submissions in March 2012 for all participating Higher Education providers. Further details about ERA 2012 are here