Frequently asked questions

How much does Supanova cost?
Supanova is offered free to all tertiary institutions for the submission of the 2015 ERA.

How do I get Supanova?
Supanova is offered on an institution-by-institution basis. If you think you or your institution could benefit from Supanova contact:
Tracy Redhead
Project Manager
T: +61 2 49218948       

What is the best web browser to use?
Supanova has been developed to work across web browsers. However due to file and code restrictions of some web browsers, we recommend using Google Chrome for the best functionality experience. Click here to download a version.

What kinds of media are supported by Supanova?
Supanova supports the following formats: txt pdf jpg png jpeg mp4 mp3 swf 
Other media files can be readily converted using a variety of free conversion software programs. 

Are my ERA output submissions secure?
Yes. Supanova is a hosted solution. The servers are updated regularly to keep in line with security updates. Each institution has their own Supanova web application that is password protected. All traffic is encrypted with an SSL certificate. Self-hosting and customisation are also available.

How does having an evidence section help the ERA submission process?
The 250-word limit for the ERA’s research statement can be insufficient to capture the depth of the research arguments for a creative work submission. When this happens peer reviewers are forced to make the research connection relying on their own experiences.

In some cases the common reference points between the reviewer and creative work are explicit. However, if the peer reviewer is not familiar with a specific research niche it becomes difficult to properly assess the output as research.

Evidence for research in the Creative Arts can consist of sound files, image files, text files or a combination of all three. The evidence feature of Supanova allows researchers to show their evidence rather than tell it. This helps brings reviewers up to speed and creates clarity around the research output.