Getting Started

If you are new to Charles Sturt or want some advice on the resources available to you in managing your outputs and activities, read on!

  • Your research profile in CRO

    CRO is Charles Sturt's institutional repository. Data entered into CRO is used for showcasing and reporting purposes. You can add a variety of data into CRO including research outputs, activities, press/media, datasets and impacts.

    All staff who have research outputs are given a public profile in CRO. To ensure your profile is complete, you should do the following:

    • Add your ORCID, Scopus ID and network links (ResearchGate, GoogleScholar, Academia, etc)
    • Enter all of your research outputs and related data to ensure this is captured for internal and external reporting
    • Add Field of Research (FoR) codes to all of your data
    • Provide a copy of author accepted manuscripts (post peer-review) to facilitate making your work open access (where permitted)

    The CRO guide is a comprehensive tool which covers all of the available features in CRO to assist you in recording and monitoring your research. Assistance is also available from the Library for setting up your profile and adding data to the system - visit the CRO page for more information.

  • Assessments

    Your research data contributes in a variety of ways at Charles Sturt.

    Internal reporting

    Research Outputs Collection (ROC) is an annual exercise which assesses all research outputs (both traditional and non-traditional) produced in the previous year. The data from ROC feeds into annual Faculty, School and Centre performance reports. More on ROC.

    Research Active is an annual assessment of research activity (research outputs, student completions, and research grants/income) over a three year period for staff who have a research work function. Outcomes are used for a variety of internal processes including eligibility for HDR student supervision. More on Research Active.

    Academic promotion rounds are open annually. Applicants receive a research report containing details of all eligible grant applications, active grants, HERDC income, and research outputs to be submitted with their application. More on research reports for Academic Promotion.

    External reporting

    Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA) are assessments conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC). ERA assesses research outputs, researchers, research income, and applied measures whilst EIA considers research engagement activity and qualitative impact case studies. These exercises generally occur every 3 years. Both submissions rely on accurate entry and assignment of Field of Research (FoR) codes for all data submitted, which is used to group research data together and assign individual institutional rankings. More on ERA and EIA.

    Other uses of research and scholarly activity and outputs data include the Times Higher Education rankings (conducted annually) and meeting requirements for the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) accreditation.

  • Choosing an outlet

    Choosing the right outlet for your research is an important task, as this can influence the level of impact and reach that your work achieves. You will need to consider factors such as:

    • whether the outlet is reputable (i.e. peer-reviewed) to meet internal and external reporting requirements
    • the discoverability of its publications (is it open access and/or indexed in the relevant databases)
    • is it of high quality (does it appear on relevant ranking lists or is it highly esteemed within the discipline)

    The Where to Publish guide can assist you in making the decision, and also covers relevant information regarding how to avoid predatory publishers, and advice on publishing your thesis.

  • Creating impact

    It is becoming increasingly important to be able to demonstrate the impact of your research, including in grant applications, when applying for promotion, and to contribute to institutional performance through such measures as the Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA). Impact can be measured in a variety of ways and across a number of spheres - planning for impact from the beginning of your research project can assist greatly in defining where and how you will determine the impact of your work.

    The Research Impact guide covers the various elements of discovering and monitoring your research impact. If you are applying for a grant or for promotion the Library can assist in preparing a research impact report. You can also view the CRO guide for details on how to record your impacts so that these can be managed and reported on where required.

  • Using metrics

    There are a variety of metrics available to assist you in tracking the impact of your research:

    • Metrics are provided in a number of databases such as Scopus, GoogleScholar, and Web of Science and can be considered at journal, article and author level
    • You can view metrics for research outputs recorded in CRO, both on the public portal and when logged into the system
    • PlumX provides a variety of alternative metrics including usage, captures, mentions, citations and social media - you can search for yourself within Charles Sturt's PlumX site to see all of the available alternative metrics for works that you have recorded in CRO

    The Research impact guide covers information for all of the above metrics. You can also view the Metrics Toolkit to assist you in interpreting metrics and deciding which to use when promoting your research.

  • Key contacts

    Below are details of key contacts who can assist you in navigating systems and answering questions around capturing and measuring your research activity: