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How does grading work?

  
****
(4*)

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.
UQuality 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.

  • Originality: The extent to which the output introduces a new way of thinking about a subject, or is distinctive or transformative compared with previous work in an academic field.
  • Significance: The extent to which the work has exerted, or is likely to exert, an influence on an academic field or practical applications.
  • Rigour: The extent to which the purpose of the work is clearly articulated, an appropriate methodology for the research area has been adopted, and compelling evidence presented to show that the purpose has been achieved.