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CRO: Adding Research Outputs, Impact, Engagement and Scholarly Activities

A guide to using the different forms in CRO / Pure to enter Impact, Engagement, Scholarly Activities, Awards, Press and Media, as well as the more traditional Research Outputs.

Introduction to Scholarly Activities and CRO

The Scholarly Environment Model indicates a number of scholarly artefacts that can be included in the Charles Sturt Research Outputs Repository (CRO)

As stated in Division of Learning and Teaching Scholarly Activities in Learning and Teaching and Collecting and Reporting you will be submitting your scholarly artefacts in CRO then submitting your Reflections, with Relations links to your artefacts in CRO afterwards.

For more information on scholarship, see the guide Scholarship of Learning and Teaching.

This guide has instructions on how to add your Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Activities, and your Reflections, in the relevant forms.

Where to add Scholarly artefacts (Activities)

 As detailed in the Scholarly Environment Model, these are the most common activities, showing the forms to use for each.

For information on how to fill out these forms see:

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Adding a Scholarly Activity to CRO Adding Reflections on a Scholarly Activity to CRO

Note: Your CRO presence may not include a publicly viewed Profile. Your Charles Sturt Login to Pure/CRO will take you to your private CRO presence, where you will find the forms to use for recording your scholarly activities.  

Peer Review Activities: use the Activity - Publication peer-review and editorial work formsActivity-publication peer-review and editorial work forms

Standards, Professional papers, Resources: Use the Research Output - Resource/document formsResearch Output - resource or document

Professional or general publications: Use the Research Output - Contribute to specialist publication forms

Literature Reviews, Research papers, Conference presentations: Use the Research Outputs forms

Use Research Outputs forms

Institutional scholarship - Higher Degree by Research, course reviews, journal clubs, communities of practice, teaching, or professional development : Use the Activity - Academic engagement and professional development forms.

Symposium presentations: Use the Activity - Participate in or organising an event forms

Fellowships or Scholarly Secondments: Use the Activity - Visiting an external institution forms.

Advisory Roles, membership of professional organisations, committees: Use the Activity - Membership forms

The Reflections forms

The Scholarly Activities reflections forms have 5 categories/forms. Each form has an explanatory note which can be seen when hovered over.

Form example:

Activity: Scholarly activities in Learning and Teaching reflection: Professional and Scholarly communities reflection

Tips for entering Reflections, and linking Reflections to artefacts

Required information for your reflection includes:

Associate your reflection with the external organisation or event from the underlying artefact. If there was no external organisation or event, choose your own internal organisational unit as the association.

Select the appropriate event or organisation option as shown below. You can search for a pre-existing event or organisation, or create a new one as appropriate to your activity.

Screenshot of Scholarly reflection field

Reflection title

Give your reflection a title that relates to the Scholarly artefact/activity that you entered previously using either the Research Outputs or Activities forms in CRO.

Your Reflection

You can enter your reflection in the Description field if desired. Alternatively, if you choose to add them as a document attachment, or link to an external blog, then you only need to enter a brief description in the below field:

Period of the reflection.

Select the "Specific date" option, and enter the EDRS year for which you will be finalising your scholarly objective. For example, if you set your objective in 2019 and will be completing it in 2020, enter 2020 in the Year field:

Degree of Recognition

This field is not relevant to reflections but should be populated if relevant in the underlying artefact.


You only need to list yourself as a contributor to your reflection record. Your name will be automatically provided by your CRO/Pure login and the role will by default be shown as "Contributor". Additional authors or activity participants can be reflected in the associated artefact (research output or activity record):

Adding documents.

You can add your reflections as a document, and/or link to external websites or blogs that are relevant to your reflection:

Adding files is as easy as drag and drop, or you can browse to add files.

Note: Visibility of files should be set to Backend - Restrict to Pure Users.

Relate your reflection to the underlying scholarly artefact/activity.

Add relevant relations to your reflection by selecting the appropriate icon below, locating and selecting the activity or research output that you entered previously.

Example: Relating reflection to an Artefact/Activity (in this case Peer Review Activities). Type the title of the related item into the search field and select the appropriate item when it appears:

Once selected, the related item will be listed:

Visibility settings

Note: Your reflection should be set to Confidential - Restricted to associated users and editors, unless you wish to make it publicly visible in the CRO portal.

Important - don't forget to SAVE.

Once your record has been saved it will enter the CRO reflections workflow. A member of the CRO team may contact you during the validation process if metadata is missing or clarification is required around sensitivity of the record or attachments.

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