2018 tables: Institutions - physical sciences

Table criteria

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

2017 Institution Share 2016 Share 2017
1 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 37.44 28.75
2 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 32.73 27.12
3 Monash University, Australia 32.5 24.4
4 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 24.26 23.65
5 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 14.94 18.87
6 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 19.85 16.85
7 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 27.64 16.25
8 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 9 11.86
9 Griffith University, Australia 10 11.51
10 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 12.38 10.71
11 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 4.6 9.92
12 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 12.79 9.24
13 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 7.74 9
14 Curtin University, Australia 6.76 5.53
15 Macquarie University, Australia 4.95 5.39
16 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 8.31 5.15
17 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 2.96 4.62
18 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia 2.44 3.32
19 Deakin University, Australia 3.39 2.74
20 La Trobe University, Australia 1.18 2.04
21 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 0.08 1.09
22 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 3.66 1.02
23 Flinders University, Australia 0.14 0.92
24 Department of Industry, Australia 0.79
25 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia 0.73
26 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 0.5 0.65
27 University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia 0.17 0.54
28 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 0.54 0.44
29 Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), Australia 1.31 0.42
30 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), Australia 0.41
31 Western Sydney University, Australia 1.27 0.28
32 Telethon Kids Institute, Australia 0.17
33 Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia 0.15
34 Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia 0.14
34 Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Australia 0.14
35 Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia 0.07 0.14
36 Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG), Australia 0.13
37 Austin Health, Australia 0.13
38 BHP Billiton Limited, Australia 0.13
39 Bionics Institute, Australia 0.12
40 Dyesol, Australia 0.11
40 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), Australia 0.11
40 Royal Perth Hospital, Australia 0.11
41 Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI), Australia 0.1
42 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH), Australia 0.1
43 Darwin Banana Farming Company, Australia 0.09
44 Australian Defence Force (ADF), Australia 0.09
45 Minerals Targeting International Pty. Ltd., Australia 0.08
45 Lambert School, Australia 0.08
46 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 1.64 0.08
47 Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Australia 0.07
48 Murdoch University, Australia 0.64 0.06
49 Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA), Australia 0.06
50 Sugar Research Australia Ltd (SRA), Australia 0.05
51 University of New England (UNE), Australia 0.04
51 Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope (PEST), Australia 0.04
52 Melbourne Health, Australia 0.04
53 National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia 0.03
54 Cochlear Ltd., Australia 0.03
54 St Vincent's Health Australia, Australia 0.03
55 PathWest Laboratory Medicine of Western Australia, Australia 0.02
56 SA Health, Australia 0 0.02
57 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.01 0.01
58 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0
59 The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Australia 0

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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 2019 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.