1. Thanks John – couldn’t agree more. Can’t believe they’re now not considering a review until 2018!! Research areas are becoming increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary and are constantly emerging; there needs to be a way that the classification can be easily updated and not so “set in stone”, in perpetuity! Cybersecurity, for example, is another area not adequately captured currently, like Indigenous research. For ERA purposes we will most likely see, out of necessity, an increasing degree of assignment in the four-digit “Other” (XX99) codes in order to accommodation such areas.


  2. Hi Michelle, yes it’s a black hole and as you say will only get worse. The XX99 issue is a real worry as categorising there effectively makes the papers disappear as far as ERA is concerned. Cheers John


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