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Research Evidence for Grants and Promotion

A 'how to' guide on information and tools for capturing evidence of, and describing, research outputs.

Measures of esteem

Measures of esteem may provide additional evidence of research quality and/or research capacity. These measures may be relevant for academic promotion applications. Such measures of esteem may include:

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Editorships, or reviewer, of journals, books, and other publications
  • Membership of Learned Academy
  • Membership of Statutory Committee
  • Conference presentations, particularly as the keynote speaker
  • Holdings of edited, authored, or contributed to books in libraries
  • International engagement and collaboration
  • Influence on industry/government/public policy/community/cultural organisations
  • Partnerships with other institutions, research groups, or industry
  • Patents
  • Previous successful grant applications and completed research projects.
  • Registered Designs
  • Research Commercialisation Income
  • Research Fellowships

Example statement

"I was the 2017 recipient of the national award for Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher." (source: Australian Museum, 26 May 2020)
"I am an Editorial Board Member for the highly ranked journal Energy Research and Social Science. The journal ranks 8 out of 614 publications in the category of 'Energy Engineering and Power Technology' with an SJR score of 2.14." (source: SJR SCImago, 26 May 2020)

"My book titled ‘X’ was produced as the result of major research undertaken at the New York Public Library Archive and Houghton Library (Harvard) supported by the prestigious Marten Bequest Travel Award and an Australia Council for the Arts development grant. Several poems from this book have been published in some of the most well-respected Australian literary journals and anthologies in my field: Cordite, Australian Poetry Anthology, Overland and Best Australian Poems [insert year], and two poems were shortlisted for the  [insert year] Montreal Poetry Poetry Prize and the [insert year] Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, UK. " (source: Author, 27 April, 2021)


How to find measures of esteem

It is recommended that you keep a listing of relevant measures of esteem including; activity, date, and relevance to your research.

Some suggested sources to gather evidence of esteem measures are:

  • Library holdings - try Trove or WorldCat - to determine how many copies of your book are available in Libraries across Australia and worldwide.
  • Editorships - try Publons - to demonstrate your impact as a journal editor and/or peer reviewer.
  • Patents - try Google Patents, Scopus, or Web of Science - databases list the citations for a patent.