Creative works

Creative works are assessed annually through the CSU Research Outputs Collection (ROC). In addition, the ERA assessment exercise includes creative works. This is an acknowledgement that research, and contribution to new knowledge, can manifest in other ways and forms in the creative arts. A variety of types of creative works are eligible.

  • Why submit creative works?

    Creative works must be submitted to count towards staff members’ performance portfolios, and to be eligible for inclusion in both ERA and ROC. The below information explains what is required, if you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please contact the Research Outputs Team.

  • What are the creative works submission categories?

    Original creative works

    • visual art work – e.g. a fine arts and crafts work, diagram, map, photographic image, sculpture or installation
    • design/architectural work – e.g. realised, constructed, fabricated or unrealised building and design projects ('unrealised' projects must be an output that provides evidence of the research involved)
    • textual work – e.g. written creative work that is not eligible to be submitted as a book or journal article such as a novel or art review (exhibition catalogues and catalogue entries should be submitted in this subcategory)
    • other – original creative works that do not fit the above subcategories

    Live performance of creative works

    Either a new work or a demonstrably new or innovative interpretation or production of an existing work including:

    • music
    • play
    • dance
    • other

    Recorded/rendered creative works

    • film/video
    • performance – created specifically for a recorded medium
    • inter-arts – often experimental, produced in association with other researchers in other disciplinary fields
    • digital creative work – creative 3D models, including digital outputs of architectural and design projects, computer programs, games and visual artworks
    • website/web exhibition – eligible if the researcher is the creator of the creative works featured on the website (curated web-based exhibitions of other people's creative works must be submitted as curated or produced substantial public exhibitions and events – see the following subcategory)
    • other

    Curated or produced substantial public exhibitions and events

    • web-based exhibition - the curation and/or production of a website presenting a collection of creative works where the internet is the medium of the exhibited works
    • exhibition/event – the curation and/or production of a collection of creative works exhibited together for the first time, in that particular arrangement, in a recognised gallery, museum, or event (this should be accompanied by a well-researched publication that includes the time, location, and other details of the exhibition)
    • festival – the curation of a festival bringing together innovative work or existing works in an innovative format or through a theme that provides new perspectives and/or experiences
    • other
  • How are creative works assessed?

    The Creative Works Register Assessment Advisory Panel meets biannually to assess research eligibility, and point-value equivalence, of creative works research outputs. Membership comprises qualified staff from the Research Office and the Faculty of Arts and Education.

  • How are points allocated?

    Points are awarded on the basis of the work and the relative contribution of the staff member, as well as the equivalence with allocations to traditional outputs assessed for the Research Outputs Collection (ROC).

  • What do I need to submit to CRO?

    A version of the creative work (which must have been publicly available) via:

    • sound recordings
    • videos
    • scripts (if copyright ownership permits)
    • images
    • leaflets
    • catalogue extracts
    • programs
    • promotional material

    Evidence of review by, for example:

    • selection panel
    • the media (i.e. newspaper, magazine, radio, etc)
    • a scholarly or professional journal
    • editorial or creative review

    A research statement (see next section).

    Evidence of CSU affiliation on the creative work, via:

    • byline
    • logo
    • mention in biographical blurb OR
    • make a statement on the submission form justifying the absence of an explicit CSU affiliation
  • What is a Research Statement?

    A research statement is a written statement that outlines the research component of the work. It is important to present this information clearly and concisely, as it will be used to inform the assessment of your work and the point allocation it receives when it is assessed by the Creative Works Assessment Panel.

    Your research statement should not exceed 250 words and must address the following categories:

    Research Background

    • Field
    • Context
    • Research Question

    Research Contribution

    • Innovation
    • New Knowledge

    Research Significance

    • Evidence of Excellence

    Note that creative works without research statements cannot be considered for ROC or ERA. Creative works and their research statements may be considered for peer review by an expert ERA panel.

    An example, taken from page 68 of the Submission specifications, of an acceptable research statement (in this case for Visual Arts) follows:

    Research Background

    Current international developments in painting have identified the need to establish complex forms for representing identity in terms of facial expression. While this research recognises the significance of facial expression, it has overlooked the unstable nature of identity itself.

    Research Contribution

    The paintings Multiple Perspectives by Y address the question of the unstable nature of identity as expressed in painterly terms through a study in unstable facial phenomenon using the philosophical concept of 'becoming'. In doing so it arrives at a new benchmark for the discipline in understanding visual identity, namely that identity is not bound to stable facial phenomena but, like other forms of meaning, is constantly undergoing change.

    Research Significance

    The significance of this research is that it overcomes barriers for visually understanding the complex nature of identity and its expressive painterly possibilities. Its value is attested to by the following indicators: selection of the painting for inclusion in the international exhibition Documenta, Kassel, Germany; its inclusion as a case study in the renowned Courtauld Institute, University of London, Issues in Contemporary Art graduate seminar series; its being the subject of a chapter in the book Identity Reframed published by Thames and Hudson and authored by the renowned art historian Z; its forming part of a competitively funded ARC project.

  • What do you need to do before you begin submitting information?

    Collect all the required information:

    • Locate the appropriate FOR codes
    • Collect author information. If the author order is important for the item, ensure the byline is reflected accurately in the submission form to ensure that the authors are displayed in the right order. Otherwise they will be displayed in the order they were input.
    • Ensure that your files are ready to upload, including a digital version of the item for peer review. . More than one file can be added.
    • Submit your creative works to CRO.

    NOTE: The Research Statement should be entered in the relevant field under Notes in the submission form.

  • What is meant by 'sensitivity'?

    Confidential or sensitive research outputs.

    These may include, but are not limited to:

    • commercially sensitive research outputs; or;
    • research outputs that are culturally sensitive. Institutions are responsible for identifying the nature of the sensitivity, the damage that may flow if sensitivity is not maintained or respected, and the conditions under which the research outputs may be reviewed. This requirement applies for all outputs, not just those identified for peer review. The ARC will regard such research outputs as having been submitted and received in confidence, and will maintain the sensitivity of the output unless otherwise required by law.
    • You can indicate the sensitivity of your output on the online form to ensure the output is managed appropriately.
  • What do I do about copyright of these files?

    Copyright will need to be ascertained by the author of the creative work. The author may not own the copyright - it may, for example, be owned by the publisher of a text or the distributor of music. This can be followed up in negotiation with CRO. Items will only be loaded for public viewing if permission has been given by the copyright owner, otherwise they will be locked.

    Please contact the CRO Team if you have questions about this.

    For further information on submitting creative works, please contact Amanda Shepherd (Research Outputs Officer).