Creative works as research collection

Creative works as research are a key element of Victoria University's standing as a research institution. These creative works demonstrate that staff and students at VU dynamically shape new ground within their fields of practice.

About the collection

The creative works as research collection (CWRC) :

  • retains information about creative works of research significance across VU
  • directly recognises, and enables the rewarding of, creative practitioners at VU engaged in research
  • provides an opportunity to identify emerging research areas and opportunities for further development.

Guidelines for creative works as research

The CWRC focuses on outputs that were publicly available from 2014 to 2016 (inclusive) and meet the criteria specified in the Creative Works as Research Guidelines (VU login required).

These guidelines contain comprehensive categories (detailed below) that align to non-traditional research output types (NTROs) specified within the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) framework.

Creative works submission

Staff and students producing Creative Works, which meet the requirements set out in the guidelines, are required to enter their outputs in VU Elements.

The guidelines explain what is required in terms of necessary supporting documentation and statement of research which must accompany each submission.

Importance of submitting your work

Your eligible submissions will be:

  • awarded MORA points
  • contributed to your research track records for promotion application
  • contributed to your research track records for VU's Special Studies Program (SSP) application
  • included in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submissions.


To be eligible for inclusion, work submitted in the Creative Works as Research Collection must meet the definition of research.

In the context of creative works, research is defined as:

the creation of new knowledge or the use of existing knowledge in new and creative ways so as to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.

VU creative works as research categories

VU creative works as research scale classifications

The works are classified as major, substantial or minor. The measures for scale classifications vary from one creative discipline to another.

It is considered the responsibility of the researcher, as expert in their field, to substantiate appropriately the claim of the scale of the research output via the evidence provided.

  • Major-1
    A major work usually would be a significant output of great scope.
  • Substantial-2
    A substantial work would be very similar to a major work but typically the extent, duration and scope of the work is likely to be smaller.
  • Minor-3
    A minor work is normally a research output of lesser scope that still makes a contribution to the field.