2020 tables: Institutions - academic

Table criteria

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

2019 Institution Share 2018 Share 2019
1 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 121.72 132.73
2 Monash University, Australia 125.63 131.41
3 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 150.17 116.35
4 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 100.73 103.56
5 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 104.62 101.46
6 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 75.98 79.36
7 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 43.64 51.4
8 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 26.48 41.85
9 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 35.68 39.9
10 Curtin University, Australia 38 35.81
11 Macquarie University, Australia 15.99 29.04
12 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 27.93 25.11
13 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 27.75 24.49
14 Griffith University, Australia 20.76 23.7
15 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 24.08 21.31
16 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 20.55 18.03
17 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 7.95 15.32
18 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 12 14.76
19 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 16.24 14.26
20 Deakin University, Australia 13.73 13
21 La Trobe University, Australia 15.95 12.74
22 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 11.66 9.49
23 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 7.6 6.23
24 Flinders University, Australia 9.1 5.23
25 Western Sydney University, Australia 6.13 4.69
26 University of New England (UNE), Australia 4.42 3.52
27 Murdoch University, Australia 4.17 2.54
28 University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia 1.47 2.53
29 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 2.22 2.51
30 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 1.67 1.7
31 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 1.15 1.51
32 Victoria University (VU), Australia 1.45 1.06
33 University of Canberra, Australia 2.5 0.51
34 Menzies School of Health Research, Australia 0.26 0.43
35 Sustainability Research Centre (SRC), USC, Australia 0.13
36 Central Queensland University (CQU), Australia 0 0.08
37 Australian Catholic University (ACU), Australia 0.2 0.08
38 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.51 0.08
39 The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), Australia 0.14 0.05
40 Federation University Australia, Australia 0.36 0.02
41 Centre for Vascular Research (CVR), Australia 0.01
42 Bond University, Australia 0.05 0.01

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