2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

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 41.37 70.17 287 55.8%
2 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 43.99 52.75 341 10.2%
3 Monash University, Australia 45.61 47.28 231 -4.8%
4 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 32.82 32.85 180 -8.1%
5 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 38.03 28.14 169 -32.0%
6 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 19.89 22.67 92 4.7%
7 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 17.58 18.18 96 -5.0%
8 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 10.66 12.64 52 9.0%
9 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Australia 8.47 11.65 77 26.3%
10 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia 9.14 11.38 81 14.3%
11 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 4.25 9.71 53 109.9%
12 Macquarie University, Australia 7.93 8.10 53 -6.3%
13 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 9.69 7.68 75 -27.2%
14 Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia 7.42 7.56 57 -6.3%
15 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 3.20 7.36 30 111.5%
16 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 10.32 7.21 58 -35.8%
17 Melbourne Health, Australia 5.02 5.48 92 0.2%
18 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), Australia 7.85 4.44 61 -48.1%
19 Flinders University, Australia 2.76 4.31 24 43.3%
20 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 5.32 4.06 36 -29.9%
21 La Trobe University, Australia 6.15 4.02 50 -39.9%
22 Griffith University, Australia 3.03 3.90 35 18.2%
23 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 4.06 3.70 23 -16.3%
24 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 2.00 3.64 29 67.4%
25 Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia 4.22 3.63 30 -21.0%
26 Deakin University, Australia 2.03 3.29 19 48.8%
27 St Vincent's Health Australia, Australia 2.52 3.23 46 17.8%
28 South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Australia 1.46 3.19 19 100.0%
29 The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (RCH), Australia 1.70 2.74 52 48.3%
30 The University of South Australia (UniSA), Australia 2.01 2.60 18 18.7%
31 Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia 2.61 2.46 39 -13.4%
32 Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), Australia 1.68 2.20 13 19.9%
33 Curtin University, Australia 2.82 2.10 28 -31.8%
34 Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia 1.43 2.09 11 34.6%
35 Western Sydney University, Australia 2.97 1.95 25 -39.8%
36 Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (Baker IDI), Australia 1.82 1.91 14 -3.6%
37 Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia 1.73 1.36 13 -27.8%
38 Mater Health Services, Australia 0.93 1.36 24 34.9%
39 SA Health, Australia 1.37 1.28 25 -13.9%
40 Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA), Australia 2.09 1.14 13 -50.1%
41 Burnet Institute, Australia 0.85 1.12 10 21.2%
42 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Australia 0.66 1.05 8 44.6%
43 Metro South Health, Australia 0.97 1.01 24 -4.2%
44 Westmead Hospital (WSLHD), Australia 0.27 0.90 15 205.8%
45 University of New England (UNE), Australia 2.69 0.89 6 -69.7%
46 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia 0.14 0.87 8 476.0%
47 EnGeneIC Ltd., Australia 0.85 1 N/A
48 Murdoch University, Australia 0.66 0.73 16 1.6%
49 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 1.81 0.69 12 -65.2%
50 Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI), Australia 0.96 0.67 9 -36.0%
51 Australian Catholic University (ACU), Australia 0.08 0.66 9 650.7%
52 Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Australia 1.39 0.62 14 -59.2%
53 Alfred Health, Australia 0.71 0.61 21 -20.8%
54 Barwon Health, Australia 0.04 0.60 9 1,443.9%
55 NSW Ministry of Health, Australia 0.67 0.59 18 -18.6%
56 Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Australia 1.12 0.59 24 -52.0%
57 Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG), Australia 0.68 0.58 15 -22.2%
58 Melanoma Institute Australia, Australia 0.49 0.58 9 8.4%
59 Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia 0.88 0.55 7 -42.4%
60 Museums Victoria, Australia 1.34 0.51 5 -65.4%
61 Telethon Kids Institute, Australia 0.68 0.48 16 -35.7%
62 South Australian Museum, Australia 0.11 0.47 5 289.2%
63 State Herbarium of South Australia, Australia 0.44 2 N/A
64 Metabolomics Australia (MA), Australia 0.35 0.38 5 -0.4%
65 Queensland Health, Australia 0.30 0.37 5 12.6%
66 Austin Health, Australia 0.28 0.37 16 21.7%
67 Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (AWE), Australia 0.55 0.37 5 -37.8%
68 Victoria University (VU), Australia 0.03 0.36 3 923.7%
69 PathWest Laboratory Medicine of Western Australia, Australia 0.10 0.36 4 240.2%
70 Royal Perth Hospital, Australia 0.75 0.35 17 -56.8%
71 Government of Western Australia, Australia 0.67 0.33 9 -54.5%
72 Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Australia 0.00 0.33 1 52,631.7%
72 Clarity Pharmaceuticals, Australia 0.33 1 N/A
73 Federation University Australia, Australia 0.02 0.32 4 1,218.3%
74 University of Canberra, Australia 0.08 0.30 6 230.0%
75 Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), Australia 0.00 0.30 2 26,207.8%
76 Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), State Government Victoria, Australia 0.81 0.30 7 -66.0%
77 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 0.63 0.28 7 -59.4%
78 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), Australia 0.78 0.27 15 -68.2%
79 Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Australia 0.25 0.26 12 -3.2%
80 Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia 0.01 0.26 5 1,714.0%
81 NSW Health Pathology, Australia 0.09 0.24 9 138.2%
82 Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (Victorian DHHC), Australia 0.15 0.24 1 42.2%
83 CSL Limited, Australia 0.22 0.22 3 -8.0%
84 Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), Australia 0.22 1 N/A
85 NSW Department of Industry, Australia 0.26 0.21 5 -25.1%
86 The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), Australia 0.05 0.21 5 267.6%
87 Monash Health, Australia 0.48 0.21 12 -60.2%
88 Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Australia 0.01 0.18 6 1,123.9%
89 NSW Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), Australia 0.03 0.18 6 397.9%
90 Prince of Wales Hospital, Australia 0.18 7 N/A
91 Perth Children's Hospital (PCH), Australia 0.02 0.17 4 774.0%
92 Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Australia 0.02 0.17 5 762.6%
93 Australian Museum, Australia 0.34 0.17 1 -54.7%
94 Cancer Council Victoria, Australia 0.04 0.16 13 289.4%
95 Terrace Eye Centre, Australia 0.16 1 N/A
96 Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia 0.32 0.15 3 -57.5%
97 Ramsay Health Care, Australia 0.03 0.15 5 424.5%
98 Western Health, Australia 0.07 0.14 17 72.8%
99 Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Australia 0.17 0.13 6 -29.2%
100 Newro Foundation, Australia 0.13 1 N/A

Footnote

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  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).
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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 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.