2017 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 52.98 44.63 171 -13.3%
2 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 39.11 40.08 235 5.4%
3 Monash University, Australia 34.27 34.97 146 5.0%
4 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 33.36 26.37 109 -18.7%
5 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 18.78 21.73 73 19.0%
6 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 20.30 21.41 96 8.5%
7 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 16.54 10.57 80 -34.2%
8 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 9.30 8.24 54 -8.9%
9 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 8.53 8.01 40 -3.4%
10 La Trobe University, Australia 5.20 6.15 38 21.7%
11 Macquarie University, Australia 7.69 5.91 33 -21.0%
12 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 4.83 4.78 29 1.9%
13 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 4.75 4.51 17 -2.4%
14 Deakin University, Australia 4.18 3.99 15 -1.7%
15 Western Sydney University, Australia 2.24 3.61 20 65.8%
16 Griffith University, Australia 4.68 3.10 17 -31.9%
17 Flinders University, Australia 1.57 2.36 25 54.2%
18 Curtin University, Australia 1.56 1.92 16 26.4%
19 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 2.33 1.77 9 -22.0%
20 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 2.82 1.49 25 -45.7%
21 University of New England (UNE), Australia 0.19 1.22 7 558.3%
22 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.23 1.19 3 432.0%
23 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 0.33 1.16 3 258.7%
24 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 2.53 1.07 15 -56.6%
25 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 2.72 0.98 39 -62.7%
26 Murdoch University, Australia 0.40 0.83 8 111.7%
27 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 0.10 0.75 3 667.9%
28 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 1.38 0.60 6 -55.5%
29 University of Canberra, Australia 1.14 0.60 3 -46.0%
30 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 0.01 0.49 3 4,325.7%
31 Menzies School of Health Research, Australia 0.05 0.43 4 747.3%
32 Australian Catholic University (ACU), Australia 0.01 0.37 5 2,481.2%
33 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0.04 0.32 3 718.4%
34 Australian College of Optometry (ACO), Australia 0.31 1 N/A
35 Victoria University (VU), Australia 0.21 2 N/A
36 Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change (CTBCC), JCU, Australia 0.13 1 N/A
37 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 0.32 0.10 1 -69.7%
38 Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia 0.07 0.09 1 37.2%
39 Sacred Heart College Geelong, Australia 0.05 1 N/A
40 Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR), Australia 0.22 0.03 1 -88.2%
41 The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), Australia 0.09 0.02 1 -76.5%
42 Federation University Australia, Australia 0.17 0.00 1 -99.1%

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
  3. Nature Index recognizes that many other factors must be taken into account when considering research quality and institutional performance; Nature Index metrics alone should not be used to assess institutions or individuals.
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The Nature Index database undergoes regular updating, corrections, adjustment of institutional hierarchies, and removal of retracted papers and thus the live website can differ from the frozen annual tables.

*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.