Scholarly Publishing

Tips for how to choose a journal to publish in, open access journals, pitfalls to avoid


HERDC opens in a new window (Higher Education Research Data Collection) is a key contributor to CQUniversity funding. The University reports eligible research publications to HERDC annually. The DIISR opens in a new window (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) uses the HERDC data to calculate performance based funding allocations.


HERDC eligible research publications include:

  • books
  • book chapters
  • journals
  • conference proceedings

Each publication needs to meet DIISR criteria opens in a new window.

Further information please contact the Research Division.


ERA opens in a new window (Excellence in Research for Australia) aims to identify and promote excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia's higher education institutions. It evaluates the quality of the research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

The unit of evaluation is broadly defined as the Field of Reserach (FoR) within an institution based on the ANZSRC opens in a new window (Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification).

ERA classifies research into 8 broad clusters:

  • Cluster 1: Mathematical, information and computing sciences (MIC)
  • Cluster 2: Physical, chemical and earth sciences (PCE)
  • Cluster 3: Engineering and environmental sciences (EE)
  • Cluster 4: Biological and biotechnological sciences (BB)
  • Cluster 5: Medical and health sciences (MHS)
  • Cluster 6: Humanities and creative arts (HCA)
  • Cluster 7: Education and human society (EHS)
  • Cluster 8: Economics and commerce (EC)

For CQUniversity specific information see the University's ERA Overview.

FoR codes, SEO codes and ToA codes

Field of Research (FoR), Socio-Economic Objective (SEO), and Type of Activity (ToA) codes are used to categorise your research outputs. They are part of the metadata you will need to add to your research publication records in Research Elements.

  • Type of Activity (ToA) – These codes are used to classify your research by the type of work you have done.
  • Field of Research (FoR) – These codes are used to classify your research by discipline, methodology/ technique/perspective, and field.
  • Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) – These codes are used to classify your research by intended purpose or outcome.


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) outlines FoR, SEO, and ToA codes in their Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) opens in a new window report. You can download separate spread sheets for each type.

Stats NZ has interactive online lists you can use for these codes.

Submissions to CQUniversity's institutional repository ACQUIRE


aCQUIRe is the CQUniversity Institutional Repository.
Submissions of all documents are made using Research Elements. Please submit publications in a timely manner throughout the year.