Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2022     Views: 12

The term Non-Traditional Research Output (NTRO) is used in research reporting to describe creative works, research reports, and other types of research outputs that do not take the form of published books of research, chapters, journal articles, and conference papers.

Just like traditional research outputs, NTROs must meet the Australian Research Council's (ARC) definition of 'research' (p. 9) to be eligible for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reporting.

All publications that fall within ERA categories will appear in ResearchDirect, the Research Portal, and Staff Profiles, but only publications that meet the ERA guidelines will contribute to the research publication count on the Research Portal.

To be eligible for internal reporting and ERA evaluation, NTRO submissions also require a Research Statement that addresses:

  • Research background
  • Research contribution
  • Research significance

You can add the Research Statement via the 'submit a publication' option in ResearchDirect

There are a range of categories and sub-categories for NTROs, which can include:

  • sculptures
  • novels
  • performance of a new musical or theatrical work
  • 3D model or architectural design project
  • software programs
  • exhibitions
  • festivals
  • research report that was undertaken for an external body
  • portfolio of works  

Information about the ERA 2023 consultation and the release of the 2023 Submission Guidelines is locate from this page.

For further assistance, contact your School Librarian.

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