Research Incentives Policy

Fact box

  • Policy owner: Director of Research
  • Policy category: Academic: Research
  • Policy status: Approved
  • Approval body: Academic Board
  • Endorsement body: Research Committee
  • Last amended: 1st Dec. 2016

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline criteria for Alphacrucis College (AC) monetary incentives for research publications.

Scope

AC permanent or fixed term faculty

Policy

Faculty members are eligible for a monetary reward for each unique research book, book chapter or journal publication in a peer-reviewed academic outlet within the relevant calendar year. For the purposes of this policy, conference papers are not included in the definition of ‘publication’. Funds gained as research incentives must be utilised for research-related expenses only.

Only publications that list AC as the applicant’s affiliation are eligible for an incentive.

Responsible for implementation

Director of Research

Key stakeholders

Faculty


Procedures

Research Incentives Procedure

The allocation of research incentive funds is related to the annual Research Data Collection (RDC) process. Members of faculty are expected to submit a full annual report of their research output, which is reviewed by the AC Research Office in the process of ascertaining Research Data points accrued by each faculty person for that year. Criteria used for the process of verification of journal articles may include checking the publication against the latest ARC listing of recognised journals for ERA purposes or similar listings, and checking the editorial board and peer-review process of the publication. For the publications that qualify for research incentive, faculty members will be informed of their RDC points and research incentive monetary allocation (if any) at the end of this process. The decision is final and the only appeal is through the College’s standard grievance policies.

In line with AC’s commitment to influence the world, the research incentive scheme is linked with an expectation to make research available to the wider public where appropriate. To this end, faculty persons are expected to provide evidence of how the ideas contained within their publications have been disseminated to audiences other than the readership of the academic outlet in which it was published (or an alternative explanation). Examples include, among others, preaching in churches, leading training or professional development workshops, newspaper or magazine articles, or publication in on line outlets such as Crucis. Any evidence of impact is particularly viewed favourably.

The specific amounts allocated to each type of publication is ascertained annually by the Director of Research within the parameters of available funds. 

The funds awarded as research incentives may only be used by the recipient for research-related expenses. These may include the purchasing of books/software for research, research-related travel, or employing assistance for research-related tasks (such as transcribing, data entry, etc.). As such the funds are retained by the College, as an allocated amount for the recipient, until the recipient submits the necessary receipts or other appropriate evidence to be reimbursed for such research-related expenses. The Director of Research is responsible for overseeing this process.  

The recipient may choose to accrue the funds over time and spend them when needed, up to a maximum of three years, as long as s/he has not broken employment with the College within the period of accrual. If a recipient leaves the employ of the College, s/he will forfeit all unspent funds received as research incentives.