2017 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 30.96 40.05 100 20.7%
2 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 24.69 31.30 81 18.3%
3 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 27.51 27.89 99 -5.4%
4 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 43.15 27.43 77 -40.7%
5 Monash University, Australia 18.64 22.18 82 11.1%
6 Curtin University, Australia 14.97 20.41 60 27.3%
7 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 14.21 12.47 45 -18.1%
8 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 11.84 11.53 31 -9.1%
9 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 12.91 10.70 64 -22.6%
10 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 2.66 9.88 15 246.4%
11 Macquarie University, Australia 7.36 8.54 38 8.3%
12 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 10.15 7.72 47 -29.0%
13 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 12.01 7.66 22 -40.5%
14 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 1.49 6.27 15 293.3%
15 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia 2.94 4.64 19 47.3%
16 Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Australia 6.19 4.57 11 -31.1%
17 Griffith University, Australia 2.91 4.39 14 41.0%
18 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 3.28 4.21 16 19.7%
19 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 3.04 4.08 21 25.2%
20 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 5.88 3.68 18 -41.6%
21 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 2.29 3.56 16 44.9%
22 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 4.42 3.39 9 -28.4%
23 Western Sydney University, Australia 1.85 3.33 19 68.0%
24 Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (AWE), Australia 1.94 3.13 19 50.4%
25 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 0.49 1.77 13 235.5%
26 Flinders University, Australia 1.62 1.48 8 -14.7%
27 Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia 1.61 1.43 9 -17.2%
28 Murdoch University, Australia 2.67 1.34 4 -53.2%
29 La Trobe University, Australia 0.05 1.30 7 2,473.9%
30 South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water), Australia 1.84 1.26 3 -36.5%
31 Victoria University (VU), Australia 0.06 1.25 3 1,889.8%
32 NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Australia 1.17 2 N/A
33 University of New England (UNE), Australia 1.41 0.99 5 -34.6%
34 Government of Western Australia, Australia 3.95 0.92 22 -78.3%
35 Deakin University, Australia 0.31 0.86 5 159.5%
36 Melbourne Water Corporation, Australia 0.36 0.82 20 115.3%
37 Department of Industry, Australia 0.55 0.71 23 21.1%
38 NSW Department of Industry, Australia 0.03 0.64 8 1,786.8%
39 Tasmania Department of State Growth, Australia 0.59 3 N/A
40 Geological Survey of Australia, Australia 0.10 0.45 3 320.0%
41 Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), State Government Victoria, Australia 0.81 0.44 19 -49.1%
42 Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), Australia 0.34 0.43 2 17.5%
43 South East Water Corporation, Australia 0.26 0.42 18 54.3%
44 Geoscience Australia, Australia 1.52 0.40 6 -75.3%
45 Western Australian Museum, Australia 0.19 0.35 3 73.6%
46 Independence Group NL (IGO), Australia 0.33 1 N/A
47 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 1.20 0.31 1 -75.8%
48 BHP Billiton Limited, Australia 0.31 2 N/A
49 University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia 0.29 2 N/A
50 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.03 0.27 5 693.3%
51 Global Carbon Project, Australia 0.25 4 N/A
52 GHD Pty Ltd., Australia 0.17 0.25 2 41.5%
53 Federation University Australia, Australia 0.25 1 N/A
53 Thinkable.org, Australia 0.25 1 N/A
53 Ixom Operations Pty Ltd., Australia 0.25 1 N/A
53 SCT Operations Pty Ltd., Australia 0.25 1 N/A
54 Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), Australia 0.22 2 N/A
55 ATC Williams Pty Ltd., Australia 0.20 1 N/A
56 Museums Victoria, Australia 0.19 1 N/A
57 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 0.35 0.18 2 -51.1%
58 Astron Environmental Services Pty Ltd., Australia 0.17 1 N/A
58 Infrastructure Group, Australia 0.17 1 N/A
58 Water Care and Health Pty Ltd., Australia 0.17 1 N/A
59 University of Canberra, Australia 0.70 0.15 2 -79.5%
60 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 0.23 0.15 3 -37.2%
61 Schefe Consulting, Australia 0.14 1 N/A
62 Water Corporation, Australia 0.14 0.13 1 -18.3%
62 Australian Museum, Australia 0.13 1 N/A
62 Fifth Creek Studio Living Architecture, Australia 0.13 1 N/A
63 Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Australia 0.11 2 N/A
64 South Australian Museum, Australia 0.35 0.10 1 -73.3%
64 Ecological Marine Services Pty. Ltd. (EMS), Australia 0.10 1 N/A
64 Energy Metals Ltd., Australia 0.10 1 N/A
65 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Australia 0.09 1 N/A
65 MGPalaeo, Australia 0.09 1 N/A
66 Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), Australia 0.08 1 N/A
66 Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC), Australia 0.08 1 N/A
67 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0.65 0.08 2 -88.4%
68 Geotrack International Pty. Ltd., Australia 0.08 1 N/A
69 Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy, Australia 0.07 1 N/A
70 SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Australia 0.03 0.07 4 105.7%
71 Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA), Australia 0.05 1 N/A
72 Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Australia 0.03 1 N/A
73 Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI), Australia 0.08 0.02 1 -73.3%
74 Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (WIMR), Australia 0.02 1 N/A
74 South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), Australia 0.02 1 N/A
75 Birds Queensland, Australia 0.01 1 N/A
75 Victorian Wader Study Group (VWSG), Australia 0.01 1 N/A
75 Global Flyway Network (GFN), Australia 0.01 1 N/A

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.
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*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.