Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
|*** (3*)||Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.|
|** (2*)||Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.|
|* (1*)||Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.|
|U||Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work or does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.|
It is our belief that any paper that has been accepted in a scientific journal after full-peer review has, by definition, fulfilled at least the status of national recognition and we therefore assume that any paper being considered by the panel will be graded at least 1*.
Papers are graded on the basis of three categories. These are individually rated using the same system outlined in the table above and an overall grade is then awarded based upon these.