2021 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - academic

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 34.47 46.24 115 29.7%
2 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 30.31 43.28 139 38.1%
3 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 24.50 27.46 106 8.4%
4 Monash University, Australia 22.83 24.22 85 2.6%
5 Curtin University, Australia 21.54 22.51 70 1.0%
6 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 19.84 14.16 59 -31.0%
7 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 11.18 12.74 68 10.2%
8 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 15.83 11.44 65 -30.1%
9 Macquarie University, Australia 11.35 10.25 42 -12.7%
10 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 8.33 7.98 35 -7.4%
11 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 7.74 6.20 30 -22.6%
12 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 5.42 5.33 29 -5.0%
13 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 4.81 5.24 16 5.4%
14 Western Sydney University, Australia 1.56 4.37 21 171.6%
15 Griffith University, Australia 1.25 3.98 19 209.2%
16 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 1.83 3.52 19 86.3%
17 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 4.67 3.46 25 -28.4%
18 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 1.04 3.08 13 185.1%
19 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 4.83 3.07 10 -38.6%
20 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 5.45 2.65 25 -53.0%
21 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 2.04 1.99 14 -5.8%
22 Flinders University, Australia 0.92 1.89 9 99.7%
23 Deakin University, Australia 0.47 1.82 10 275.1%
24 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 1.71 1.21 5 -31.6%
25 University of New England (UNE), Australia 1.10 0.92 4 -19.8%
26 La Trobe University, Australia 0.39 0.74 11 84.7%
27 University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia 0.40 0.71 8 70.8%
28 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 1.03 0.52 4 -51.2%
29 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.07 0.29 8 287.1%
30 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 0.77 0.27 7 -65.8%
31 Victoria University (VU), Australia 0.95 0.26 2 -73.7%
32 University of Canberra, Australia 0.42 0.25 3 -43.3%
33 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0.47 0.12 4 -76.1%
34 Murdoch University, Australia 1.49 0.07 3 -95.6%
35 Federation University Australia, Australia 0.05 1 N/A

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.
  4. Nature Index data and methods are transparent and available under a creative commons licence at natureindex.com.

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.