Clarivate Analytics selected as ERA citation provider

Thursday, 24 August, 2017

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced its selection of Clarivate Analytics to provide citation information for the 2018 round of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), Australia’s national research evaluation framework.

ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s 42 higher education institutions. It provides the government, universities, industry and prospective students with valuable information about academic research performance in Australia, nationally and internationally, for all discipline areas.

Through ERA, the ARC identifies excellence in research by comparing Australia’s university research outputs against national and international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development. Evaluations are conducted by committees of distinguished researchers from around the world.

Clarivate’s Web of Science platform will be the exclusive source of citation data for the ARC to use when assessing research quality in the 2018 round of ERA. This includes evaluations informed by a range of indicators, including citation metrics and peer review, with a focus on those relating most clearly to the quality of research outputs. Using Web of Science data, the ARC exercise will be supported with high-quality data as well as coverage of key relevant journals to identify and promote Australian research excellence.

“The ARC is pleased to have Clarivate Analytics on board for the 2018 ERA round,” said ARC CEO Professor Sue Thomas. “The citation data from Clarivate Analytics and a comprehensive data collection submitted by Australian universities will help inform panels of experts to determine the research quality in each unit of evaluation.”

This is the fourth full round of ERA, with previous rounds held in 2010, 2012 and 2015. The results of the 2015 round indicated that Australia’s research output was improving, with “outstanding performance” in many areas according to then ARC CEO Professor Aidan Byrne.

For more information about Excellence in Research for Australia, visit

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