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University of Newcastle Library Guides

Research Publications Collection: Books

Guidance on reporting research outputs for UON researchers and academic staff

A1 Book - Authored Research

To be included in this category the publication must meet the definition of research as defined in the general requirements for research publications and:

  • Must be a major work of scholarship;
  • Must be offered for sale
    • for hard copies, bound
    • for CD-ROMs, packaged
  • Must have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN);
  • Must be written entirely by a single author, or by joint authors who share responsibility for the whole book;
  • Must have been published by a commercial publisher, or have been peer reviewed; and
  • The author must be affiliated with the University of Newcastle
  • on the publication

The types of books that may meet the criteria include:

  • Critical scholarly texts (e.g. music, medieval or classical texts)
  • New interpretations of historical events
  • New ideas or perspectives based on established research findings

The types of books that do not meet the criteria include:

  • Textbooks
  • Anthologies
  • Edited books
  • Creative works such as novels
  • Books published by private individuals, university departments and privately funded companies, eg "vanity presses" that do not meet the HERDC commercial publisher criteria
  • University departmental Working Papers, Technical Reports, Discussion Papers and the like (excluded completely)
  • Government department publications
  • Unpublished reports
  • Translations of published books - unless they have a major demonstrable original research component
  • Revisions or new editions

Note: Many of the books published by professional bodies do not report original research findings but report the results of evaluations, or repackage existing information for the benefit of professionals or practitioners. It is important that these publications are assessed very carefully against the definition of research.

Staff Collection

A copy of every A1 research monograph published by staff members at The University of Newcastle is deposited in the Library and is held in a pristine condition in Cultural Collections.

A1 Verification requirements:

For each book, the university must be able to provide the following, if required:

Legible scans/copies of:

  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Pages showing all bibliographical information (ISBN, title, author(s), publisher, all dates referring to copyright, publication, printing and distribution)
  • Evidence indicating the author's affiliation to the University of Newcastle
  • If claimed using the expanded year of publication definition, a letter from the publisher indicating that the publication was not produced until after 30 June 2020)
  • Proof that the book was published by a Commercial Publisher or that it underwent an acceptable peer review process.



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