The Peer Review Process

Applications for accreditation are reviewed by experienced and independent peers nominated and selected from Australia’s higher education and research sector.

Each SAGE subscriber institution nominates candidates for peer review, including suggested expert advisors, as part of their involvement in the SAGE pilot. From this pool of nominees, peer review panels are formed ensuring independence and a range of expertise are addressed and included on each panel.  Peer review panellist expertise include:

  • Discipline specific expertise (e.g. data and analytics)
  • Relevant personal experience(s), including peer review
  • Gender identity
  • Relevant subject-specific expertise (e.g., gender equity, cultural and linguistic diversity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+)
  • Participation in the institutional Self-Assessment Team (SAT)
  • Experience with the Athena Swan application or peer review process in the UK

Panels comprise a chair, panel members, and observers, supported by independent moderators and the SAGE secretariat.

Moderators are selected from a pool of Fellows of the Academy of Science and Academy of Technology and Engineering with expertise in principles of good governance, and who have served on national/decision-making committees. The role of the moderator is to ensure that the panel process is transparent, peer review criteria is consistently applied, panel deliberations are free from bias, and that panellists constructively contribute to the process through effective and efficient communication.

The first peer review panels were held in July 2018.

An independent evaluation of the SAGE peer review process was conducted in May to September 2020. The findings and SAGE’s responses were published in the Hartley Report [PDF 1 MB], released in December 2020.