2017 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 48.59 37.44 129 -21.1%
2 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 40.51 32.73 72 -17.3%
3 Monash University, Australia 28.47 32.50 113 16.8%
4 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 25.21 27.64 163 12.2%
5 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 20.76 24.26 76 19.6%
6 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 16.91 19.85 144 20.2%
7 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 10.17 14.94 49 50.3%
8 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 13.44 12.79 68 -2.6%
9 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 17.73 12.38 77 -28.5%
10 Griffith University, Australia 3.40 10.00 23 201.2%
11 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 8.99 9.00 120 2.5%
12 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 13.68 8.31 41 -37.8%
13 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 10.49 7.74 28 -24.5%
14 Curtin University, Australia 3.25 6.76 39 113.0%
15 Macquarie University, Australia 6.88 4.95 32 -26.3%
16 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 7.35 4.60 11 -35.9%
17 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 5.46 3.66 19 -31.3%
18 Deakin University, Australia 2.64 3.39 15 31.4%
19 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 1.63 2.96 13 86.2%
20 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia 2.50 2.44 16 0.2%
21 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 0.70 1.64 3 140.8%
22 Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), Australia 0.69 1.31 18 93.2%
23 Western Sydney University, Australia 1.27 9 N/A
24 La Trobe University, Australia 1.63 1.18 12 -25.8%
25 Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), Australia 0.06 0.67 2 1,133.0%
26 Murdoch University, Australia 0.25 0.64 3 163.2%
27 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 0.54 3 N/A
28 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 1.85 0.50 1 -72.3%
29 Metro South Health, Australia 0.39 2 N/A
30 Manly Astrophysics, Australia 0.35 2 N/A
31 Shamash Australia Pty Ltd., Australia 0.33 1 N/A
32 Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), Australia 0.29 1 N/A
32 Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), Australia 0.29 1 N/A
33 Victoria University (VU), Australia 0.21 1 N/A
34 University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia 0.09 0.17 2 96.2%
35 Astron Environmental Services Pty Ltd., Australia 0.17 1 N/A
36 Flinders University, Australia 0.66 0.14 1 -77.7%
37 Australian College of Optometry (ACO), Australia 0.20 0.11 1 -43.1%
38 Graphlex Technology Pty Ltd., Australia 0.10 1 N/A
38 Terroux Observatory, Australia 0.10 1 N/A
39 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 0.58 0.08 3 -85.1%
40 Westmead Hospital (WSLHD), Australia 0.08 1 N/A
41 Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG), Australia 0.07 1 N/A
42 Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia 0.07 1 N/A
42 Mater Health Services, Australia 0.07 1 N/A
43 Broken Hill Observatory, Australia 0.06 1 N/A
44 Canberra Astronomical Society (CAS), Australia 0.05 1 N/A
45 Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA), Australia 0.05 1 N/A
46 NSW Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), Australia 0.04 1 N/A
47 Department of Defence, Australia, Australia 0.25 0.04 1 -85.4%
47 In the Groove Analysis Pty Limited (ITGA), Australia 0.04 1 N/A
48 Coral Towers Observatory, Australia 0.03 1 N/A
49 Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSA), Australia 0.03 1 N/A
50 Astronomical Society of Western Australia (ASWA), Australia 0.01 1 N/A
51 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.01 13 N/A
52 Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society (MPAS), Australia 0.01 1 N/A
52 Samford Valley Observatory, Australia 0.01 1 N/A
52 Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ), Australia 0.01 1 N/A
53 Silver Chain Group, Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Royal District Nursing Service Limited (RDNS), Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Australian Wound Management Association, Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd., Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 The Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine (WCHM), Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Blue Care, Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Tissue Therapies Limited, Australia 0.01 0.00 1 -88.0%
53 Government of Western Australia, Australia 0.02 0.00 1 -91.1%
53 SA Health, Australia 0.08 0.00 1 -97.9%
54 Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Queensland, Australia 0.00 0.00 1 -88.0%

Footnote

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  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 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.