Classification of scientific publications

It is proposed that all AAD scientific publications be classified, enabling the development of uniform output measures. Descriptors of the categories are as follows:

Category 1. As a scientific research organisation the most important, and most valuable type of publication is a paper in the peer-reviewed international literature, as defined by ISI Master journal list. Papers published in this milieu should be regarded as contributing most to the scientific standing of the AAD science program, and will score 1.0 in a comparative scoring system. Edited books/conference volumes, and book chapters will also attract the highest rating.

Category 2. The requirement for AAD to prepare papers for ATS bodies demands that these contributions be rated equally to peer-reviewed papers, even though it is accepted that they do not undergo the same stringent peer review. In establishing publication norms for the various programs it would be expected that Programs requiring to support ATS bodies rework such papers into Category 1 papers wherever practicable. For this reason, and recognising that not all ATS papers will be able to be reworked, papers in this Category will score 0.75.

Category 3. Conference abstracts, posters and verbal presentations, articles in trade journals, book reviews published in scholarly journals, newspaper articles and radio interviews/talks will score between 0.1 and 0.3. Determination to be made by the Chief Scientist.

Category 4. The AAD Website, CDs, certain prestigious newsstand magazines and the Australian Antarctic Magazine are important vehicles for the dissemination of scientific information about Antarctica and will score 0.25.

Category 5 will aim at the development of a Monograph series on Antarctic science. To date there has been sporadic publication of scientific Monographs, published commercially. It is proposed that the AAD establish a series covering Antarctic science, to be published in hard copy. Volumes should be written by a single author, or by a team of authors. The series should be particularly attractive to senior scientists in the few years prior to retirement, providing an opportunity for 'intellectual downloading' through the writing of a Monograph. A Monograph series would need to conform to the highest standards of book refereeing and presentation. Such volumes would score 5.0.

Monographs published externally, and with an AAD staff member as lead author, will be scored similarly. Where the AAD author is not lead author the Chief Scientist will determine the appropriate score.

This policy does not support the continued publication of PhD theses (in toto), hard copy of large data sets, or short research notes published in-house. The Internet offers opportunities for such materials and the AADC should be used wherever possible as the repository of datasets.

Those intending to prepare any publication should discuss with their PL the most appropriate form of publication (eg choice of journal, form of presentation at conference). This is important with regard to maximizing exposure and alerting the PL to costs such as page charges, costs of poster preparation etc.

Authors should have their manuscripts, presentations and posters internally refereed before submission or presentation.

Authors should seek their Program Leader's approval for all material submitted for publication, including printed material, book reviews, magazine and newspaper articles, web articles and CDs.

A combined score will be calculated annually for each program to assist Program Leaders with the development of their programs. While such scores will be published in the Annual Science resources manual, they will not be used to drive funding allocations but will be used when assessing individual performance.


1. Categorise all AAD scientific publications to develop output measures:

  • Category 1. peer-reviewed international literature
  • Category 2. position papers for ATS bodies
  • Category 3. Conference presentations, articles in trade journals, book reviews published in scholarly journals, newspaper articles and radio interviews/talks
  • Category 4. AAD Website, the Australian Antarctic Magazine, CDs, certain prestigious newsstand magazines
  • Category 5. Monograph series on Antarctic science

2. Cease publication in hard copy of ANARE Reports and ANARE Research Notes.

This page was last updated 2004-06-03.