Australia ERA 2018 FOR

FOR Category to Web of Science Core Collection Journal Mapping 2018 (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet, 2.1 MB, info)

Scheme Scope

The Fields of Research (FoR, classification scheme was released in 2008 as part of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)  for use in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development (R&D) undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZSRC replaces the 1998 Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC) Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines (RFCD) classification. Since 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has classified over 22,000 journals in this classification in order to support the national research evaluation process (Excellence in Research for Australia, ERA). There are three levels of hierarchy in the published FoR classification scheme: Division, Group, and Field; specific classifications in each level are assigned a unique 2-digit, 4-digit, or 6-digit code, respectively. The InCites FoR scheme includes the two levels of category hierarchy used in ERA: FoR2 and FoR4 (respectively 2 and 4 digits).

There are twenty-three (23) FoR2 category codes, which denote broad levels of research, including a code “MD” for Multidisciplinary. These codes are two-digit codes. There are 157 published FoR4 categories, and these codes are numbered according to the broader FoR2 category in which they fall -- for example, Political Science (FoR4=”1606”) rolls up into Studies In Human Society (FoR2=”16”). All included publications will have a FoR2 code, but not all journals will be sufficiently specialized to warrant an FoR4 code.

All twenty-three (22 + Multidisciplinary [MD]) FoR2 classification codes are represented in the final mapping, but not all 157 FoR4 codes are represented; the following FoR4 codes are not included in the mapping because no WoS journals were assigned these codes.

1204 Engineering Design
1299 Other Built Environment and Design 
1802 Maori Law
1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing

Scheme Type

We map the Journals directly to one or more classification category. Ultimately, only those journals which are indexed in Web of Science are used in calculating the metrics.


InCites included the mapping of publications indexed in the Web of Science to the ERA2010, ERA2012 and ERA2015 list of 43000 Journals ( released in 2015. These publications are not limited to those published in Australia or New Zealand; the publication representation is global in scope and is not limited to English language publications. In addition, the journal title list includes ISSNs for each publication, which can refer to a previous title under which that publication had published. InCites now incorporates the mapping of the FoR codes to the ERA 2018 Submitted Journal List (ERA2018,

The set of journals indexed in Web of Science Core Collection (WoS) is not identical to the ERA journal lists. There are publications in this list that do not appear in WoS, and WoS publications that do not appear in the list. To assign FoR codes to WoS journals, the ERA2018 journal list was analyzed to identify matches with WoS journals. The ERA2018 list is based on a series of journal “ERAIDs” assigned to a journal title and ISSN number(s). Matches with WoS journals were based on journal titles and ISSNs, therefore a single ERA2018 journal “ERAid” may have been matched to more than one WoS journal. When a WoS-indexed journal matched an ERA2018 journal, the WoS journal inherited the associated FoR codes (up to 3). Also, because this ERA2018 assignment exercise is an update of the previous ERA2015 version, if a WoS journal had a ERA2015 assignment it retained this assignment in 2018 unless it received superseding code assignments in the 2018 ERA2018 list. This retention of 2018 codes was based on a journal’s 11-character abbreviated name (J11). There may be a small number of cases in which a journal’s J11 was modified between 2015 and 2018 (and the journal received no superseding 2018 codes from ANZSRC), causing the retention of 2015 codes to fail. In addition, the any 2-digit and multidisciplinary reassigned journals identified by the ARC for ERA2018 were also given the reclassified to the 4-digit FoR codes attributed by the ARC (

In the ERA journal list, when a journal is sufficiently specialized to receive a FoR4 code assignment, the parent FoR2 code is not explicitly assigned (the broader FoR2 code is implicit). For the purposes of InCites, it was necessary to explicitly make these FoR2 code assignments. For every WoS journal that received a FoR4 code (e.g., FoR4=“1606”) in the ERA journal list, the 2-digit prefix was identified (i.e., “16”) and applied as a FoR2 code. Note that not all journals will be sufficiently specialized to warrant a FoR4 code, so the sum of individual document counts for any group of FoR4 codes that share a 2-digit prefix (e.g., “0101”, “0102”, “0103”, “0104”, “0105”, “0199”) may be less than the sum of individual document counts for the parent FoR2 code (i.e., “01”).

The last mapping between the ERA2015 and the WoS journals used previously in InCites is available here (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet, 1.2 MB, info)