2018 tables: Institutions - life sciences - 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 44.63 59.67 202 31.0%
2 Monash University, Australia 34.97 38.68 148 8.4%
3 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 40.08 38.61 235 -5.6%
4 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 26.37 29.51 129 9.7%
5 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 21.41 28.72 127 31.4%
6 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 21.73 18.38 82 -17.1%
7 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 10.57 17.06 95 58.1%
8 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 8.24 11.05 62 31.4%
9 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 8.01 10.53 43 28.7%
10 Macquarie University, Australia 5.91 9.03 32 49.8%
11 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 4.78 5.34 29 9.5%
12 Deakin University, Australia 3.99 4.53 19 11.1%
13 La Trobe University, Australia 6.15 3.98 33 -36.6%
14 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 1.77 3.95 15 118.8%
15 Curtin University, Australia 1.92 3.70 28 89.2%
16 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 1.49 3.47 32 128.4%
17 Griffith University, Australia 3.10 3.10 32 -2.0%
18 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 0.98 1.99 40 97.7%
19 Western Sydney University, Australia 3.61 1.89 18 -48.8%
20 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 0.60 1.81 10 196.4%
21 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 4.51 1.72 15 -62.7%
22 Flinders University, Australia 2.36 1.60 12 -33.5%
23 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 1.16 1.17 5 -1.3%
24 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 1.07 1.10 17 0.8%
25 University of Canberra, Australia 0.60 1.04 3 70.1%
26 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 0.10 0.75 3 671.8%
27 Murdoch University, Australia 0.83 0.72 11 -14.9%
28 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 1.19 0.69 2 -43.0%
29 University of New England (UNE), Australia 1.22 0.56 6 -55.2%
30 Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change (CTBCC), JCU, Australia 0.13 0.50 1 291.9%
31 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 0.75 0.25 4 -67.6%
32 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 0.49 0.15 2 -70.0%
33 Menzies School of Health Research, Australia 0.43 0.13 3 -70.8%
34 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0.32 0.11 6 -65.1%
35 Australian Catholic University (ACU), Australia 0.37 0.10 1 -73.5%
36 Australian College of Optometry (ACO), Australia 0.31 0.08 1 -73.3%
37 Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia 0.09 0.04 1 -55.1%
38 The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), Australia 0.02 0.04 1 78.8%
39 Victoria University (VU), Australia 0.21 0.01 1 -95.7%

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 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.