2018 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2016 Share 2017 Count 2017 Change in Adjusted Share 2016-2017*
1 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 118.91 119.11 387 -1.3%
2 Monash University, Australia 132.44 112.11 412 -16.6%
3 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 122.29 102.76 326 -17.2%
4 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 100.16 90.61 495 -10.8%
5 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 102.56 85.16 304 -18.2%
6 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 79.34 68.63 332 -14.7%
7 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 34.09 42.65 248 23.3%
8 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 34.21 38.09 226 9.7%
9 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 29.91 32.84 117 8.2%
10 Curtin University, Australia 37.35 30.17 133 -20.4%
11 Griffith University, Australia 21.72 24.60 98 11.7%
12 Macquarie University, Australia 20.91 24.49 106 15.4%
13 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 14.60 22.34 96 50.8%
14 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 24.87 18.59 75 -26.3%
15 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 11.65 14.95 56 26.5%
16 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 11.43 13.29 57 14.6%
17 Deakin University, Australia 16.05 12.92 53 -20.6%
18 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 13.10 12.83 94 -3.4%
19 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 13.37 11.62 84 -14.4%
20 La Trobe University, Australia 12.55 10.45 66 -17.9%
21 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 11.60 9.36 49 -20.5%
22 Western Sydney University, Australia 6.82 8.13 46 17.6%
23 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 4.55 7.01 17 51.8%
24 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 9.02 6.47 50 -29.3%
25 Flinders University, Australia 6.37 5.39 22 -16.6%
26 Victoria University (VU), Australia 1.67 2.51 5 47.7%
27 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 1.34 1.63 13 20.2%
28 Murdoch University, Australia 3.04 1.59 16 -48.4%
29 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 1.27 1.20 19 -6.3%
30 University of Canberra, Australia 0.70 1.14 5 61.3%
31 University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia 0.46 0.85 4 82.4%
32 University of New England (UNE), Australia 1.99 0.75 9 -62.9%
33 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 1.08 0.74 7 -32.2%
34 Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change (CTBCC), JCU, Australia 0.13 0.50 1 294.3%
35 Federation University Australia, Australia 0.25 0.36 2 41.9%
36 Menzies School of Health Research, Australia 0.43 0.14 4 -68.3%
37 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0.39 0.13 9 -67.0%
38 Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia 0.09 0.11 2 22.6%
39 Australian Catholic University (ACU), Australia 0.37 0.10 1 -73.3%
40 Australian College of Optometry (ACO), Australia 0.42 0.08 1 -80.3%
40 Lambert School, Australia 0.08 1 N/A
41 The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), Australia 0.02 0.04 1 79.9%

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.