If you are experiencing any problems or have any further questions about how Socrates works, please contact the Socrates Help Desk.

Socrates Research Quality Management System.

The Socrates has been designed to gather data from a variety of UWA databases in order to present information required by the Commonwealth Government for the Excellence in Research Australia exercise (ERA).

The following UWA databases feed data into Socrates:

  • UWA Publications Database
  • InfoED (UWA Grant Applications Database)
  • Callista (Student Information Management System)
  • Alesco (Human Resources Database)
  • Unit Information Management System

Socrates also draws citation data from Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science and Incites, as well as from Scopus. The JIF for journals is sourced annually from Clarivate Analytics' Journal Citation Report.

How Socrates works

Socrates provides information to users via a number of view screens, which can be selected from the menu bar at the top of the screen. The system is accessed using a staff member's Pheme user name and password. Pheme is the UWA Authentication Management System. The default Socrates view focuses upon the individual researcher.

A differential access system provides staff members with access depending upon their role in the University:

  • The University Executive can view all the data in the system
  • Deans and Faculty Managers can view all the data pertaining to their faculty
  • Heads of School and School Managers can view all the data pertaining to their school
  • Individual staff can view only their own details

In each case comparative data is provided to enable benchmarking at the individual, school and faculty levels.

Socrates displays research performance metrics such as:

  • Output types
  • Proportion of top 20% journal articles
  • Hot & Highly Cited papers
  • PlumX statistics
  • Counts of successful grants & funds approved
  • Number of HDR supervised students and completions

The Socratic Index has previously been used as a comparative metric of research activity within UWA. However it did not consider FTE, extended leave periods, research workload or disciplinary differences in publication practises. The disestablishment of the Socratic index in 2019 was endorsed by the Research Committee and Academic Council.

Errors or discrepancies in Socrates can be reported by clicking on the small envelope that appears in the left hand corner of the screen throughout Socrates. Comments in the email will be logged by the Socrates Development Team.

Please Note: Data must be corrected in its original database, which remains the source of truth, rather than in Socrates.

All queries relating to public profiles should be directed to: repository-lib@uwa.edu.au