Accounting for the construction of research quality in Australia's research assessment exercise

Ann Martin-Sardesai, James Guthrie

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This chapter explores the development and the role of accounting for research quality in Australia’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment exercise. It tracks the progress of performance measurement systems from quantitative to qualitative measurement within the Australian higher education sector since 1970, leading up to the implementation of a formal ERA in 2010, and its subsequent iterations in 2012, 2015, and 2018. Although only a part of the ERA submissions, now certain published research outputs provide the primary evidence for research quality to most ERA panels and are a significant driver of the final rating awarded. Before the authors assess the 2018 exercise, they will examine the ever-changing role of journal publications as a vehicle for academic research output.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerformance measurement and management control
Subtitle of host publicationthe relevance of performance measurement and management control research
EditorsMarc J. Epstein, Frank H. M. Verbeeten, Sally K. Widener
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781787564695
ISBN (Print)9781787564701
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Managerial and Financial Accounting
PublisherEmerald Publishing
ISSN (Print)1479-3512


  • citations
  • excellence in research for Australia
  • journal publications
  • journal ranking
  • performance measurement systems
  • research quality


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