The University of South Australia (UniSA)


In 2016, the University of South Australia (UniSA) celebrates its 25th birthday. We are a young university, continuing to set the pace for world-class research and solutions for a changing world. As Australia’s University of Enterprise, the spirit of enterprise runs through everything we do.

Our research is inspired by challenges and opportunities, partnered with end-users and communities, and underpinned by excellence. We work collaboratively with our partners right from the conception of a research idea, allowing our research directions to be shaped by their opportunities and challenges.

UniSA’s strong commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 97 per cent of our research rated at or above world-class standard (Excellence for Research in Australia 2015). This is an impressive result for a young university, and we are proud of our achievements.

Our research culture is vibrant, outward facing and responsive. We pride ourselves on our capacity to create interdisciplinary teams that can tackle significant real-world challenges, and our researchers strive to make a difference outside the world of academe.

We are globally connected and engaged, helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. Our teaching is industry-informed, our research inventive and adventurous, and focused on creating impact. Through our research, we create knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

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1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of South Australia (UniSA) published between 1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

25 2.04 2.04

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 5 0.47 0.47
Chemistry 7 0.83 0.83
Life Sciences 14 0.88 0.88
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.01 0.01

Highlight of the month: The University of South Australia (UniSA)

Predicting plot twists

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© BlackJack3D/E+/Getty

The brain ‘listens’ to different kinds of story content through different neural pathways by separating speech into ‘what’ and ‘when’ components.

A team of neuroscientists at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and the University of Marburg in Germany scanned the brains of 22 German-speaking subjects as they lay inside a magnetic resonance imaging machine and listened to different stories that tested neural responses. The researchers found that the back part of the brain’s auditory system responded to time-related information — such as when a character reappears in a story — with weaker brain responses for anticipated story details, than surprising ones. The front part handled content-related information.

The finding, published in the Journal of Neuroscience , is the first to show this kind of split language processing extends to the rich discourses, narratives and texts that comprise our normal use of language.

  1. Journal of Neuroscience 36, 12180–12191 (2016). doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4100-15.2016

View the article on the Nature Index

1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 44.06% Domestic
  • 55.94% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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