Global Nature Index Rankings of Australian Universities

By | July 20, 2017

Global Nature Index Rankings of Australian Universities

The Nature Index published by the Nature Publishing Group through its flagship website Nature.com is a unique database designed to track affiliations in research publications in a selected group of scientific journals. The Nature Index can be used to provide an indicator of high-quality research contributions broken down into institutions, countries, regions and disciplines.

Global Nature Index Australian Rankings
University World Rank WFC Count Last WFC Change
1 University of Queensland (uq) 92 108.83 392 94.78 14.80%
2 Monash University (monash) 100 103.11 382 94.89 8.70%
3 University of New South Wales (unsw) 130 88.11 277 69.81 26.20%
4 Australian National University (anu) 134 87.16 498 93.53 -6.8%
5 University of Melbourne (unimelb) 143 82.6 478 89.76 -8.0%
6 University of Sydney (sydney) 152 79.89 492 95.14 -16.0%

Source: Nature Publishing Group (opens in new window)

Key & Notes

* WFC is the Weighted Fractional Count which is the count of articles published with particular over-represented publications downgraded in the weightings

* Count is the article count

* Last WFC is last year’s WFC

* Change is the percentage change from last year’s to this year’s WFC


The Nature Publishing Group also publishes a complete institution list presenting all institutions in Australia that have published countable scientific articles throughout its network of publications. This list extends well beyond universities to give an indication of scientific publication activity occuring within the country.

Global Nature Index Institution Rankings for Australia
Institution CC Count
1 The University of Queensland (UQ) 18.05 97
2 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb) 15.79 108
3 Australian National University (ANU) 13.91 68
4 The University of Sydney (USYD) 10.83 67
5 Monash University 8.2 57
6 University of New South Wales (UNSW) 8.07 67
7 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) 6.48 36
8 Griffith University 4.38 25
9 The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) 3.81 25
10 The University of Adelaide 3.76 18
11 The University of Western Australia (UWA) 3.45 54
12 University of Tasmania (UTAS) 2.98 26
13 Macquarie University 2.43 23
14 Swinburne University of Technology 2.08 10
15 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute 1.88 33
16 La Trobe University 1.75 16
17 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute 1.66 6
18 The University of Wollongong (UOW) 1.51 8
19 Garvan Institute of Medical Research 1.5 10
20 James Cook University (JCU) 1.47 10
21 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) 1.15 13
22 Curtin University 1.15 10
23 Flinders University 1.12 14
24 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) 1.09 8
25 University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) 0.99 6
26 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 0.94 11
27 Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) 0.92 6
28 The University of Newcastle (UON) 0.81 16
29 St Vincent�s Health Australia 0.7 18
30 Burnet Institute 0.63 6
31 The University of Western Sydney (UWS) 0.61 8
32 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 0.61 12
33 RMIT University 0.59 7
34 Deakin University 0.56 6
35 Murdoch University 0.54 3
36 Melbourne Health 0.54 14
37 Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) 0.49 8
38 Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) 0.48 5
39 Metro South Health 0.47 9
40 Australian Synchrotron 0.46 10
41 National Measurement Institute 0.44 1
42 Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (PHI) 0.36 2
43 The University of South Australia (UniSA) 0.36 8
44 South Australian Museum 0.29 2
45 The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) 0.29 13
46 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) 0.27 4
47 Royal Perth Hospital 0.23 8
48 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University 0.2 1
49 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) 0.2 12
50 Mater Health Services 0.19 3
51 Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) 0.19 3
52 Alfred Health 0.19 6
53 Fremantle Hospital 0.17 10
54 non-affiliated author contributions 0.17 1
55 Government of Western Australia 0.16 3
56 BAEconomics 0.15 1
57 SA Health 0.15 7
58 Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) 0.15 5
59 Epworth HealthCare 0.15 1
60 Southern Cross University (SCU) 0.13 1
61 Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) 0.13 1
62 Metro North Hospital and Health Service 0.11 9
63 Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health 0.11 7
64 University of New England (UNE) 0.11 3
65 The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital 0.1 6
66 Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) 0.09 2
67 Austin Health 0.09 5
68 University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) 0.08 3
69 University of Canberra 0.08 1
70 Charles Darwin University (CDU) 0.08 2
71 Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) 0.07 1
72 Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation 0.07 1
73 Museum Victoria 0.07 2
74 Cancer Council Victoria 0.07 9
75 Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) 0.06 1
76 TissuPath Pty Ltd. 0.05 1
77 Department of Industry 0.05 3
78 PathWest Laboratory Medicine of Western Australia 0.05 6
79 Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG) 0.05 1
80 Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI) 0.05 1
81 Telethon Kids Institute 0.05 6
82 Western Australian Museum 0.04 1
83 Menzies School of Health Research 0.04 1
84 Millennium Science Pty Ltd 0.04 1
85 The Royal Women’s Hospital 0.03 4
86 The Heart Research Institute (HRI) 0.03 1
87 National Museum of Australia (NMA) 0.02 1
88 Central Queensland University (CQU) 0.02 1
89 Griffith Base Hospital 0.02 1
90 Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) 0.02 6
91 Children’s Cancer Institute Australia 0.02 1
92 Hunter New England Local Health District 0.02 5
93 South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) 0.02 5
94 Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) 0.01 1
95 Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital 0.01 3
96 South Eastern Area Laboratory Services (SEALS), NSW Health Pathology 0.01 1
97 Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) 0.01 2
98 Barwon Health 0.01 1
99 Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (AB-CRC) 0.01 2
100 Poultry CRC 0.01 2
101 Holstein Australia 0.01 1
102 Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) 0.01 1
103 Genetics Australia 0.01 1
104 Jersey Australia 0.01 1
105 Devondale Murray Goulburn 0.01 1
106 Bionics Institute 0.01 2
107 National ICT Australia (NICTA) 0.01 2
108 St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) 0.01 1
109 Cochlear Ltd. 0.01 2
110 Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane 0.01 6
111 Children’s Health Queensland 0.01 1
112 Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) 0 1
113 Australian Cancer Study 0 1
114 Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC) 0 1
115 Busselton Population Medical Research Institute (BPMRI) 0 1
116 West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute 0 1
117 Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG) 0 1
118 Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) 0 1
119 King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH) 0 3
120 Launceston General Hospital 0 3
121 Calvary Mater Newcastle 0 3
122 The Cancer Council NSW 0 3
123 North West Regional Hospital 0 3
124 St George Private Hospital 0 3
125 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) 0 3
126 Townsville Hospital 0 2
127 University of Ballarat (UB) 0 1

Key & Notes

* CC represents the corrected count by calculating a corrected point total for each paper from a given country or institution as a decimal fraction of one (up to a maximum of 1), by taking into account the percentage of authors of the paper from that country or institution. All authors are assumed to contribute equally to corrected count, and an author with multiple affiliations is assumed to be divided equally among those affiliations.

* Count represents the total number of articles that list authors from a given institution, regardless of the percentage of authors of the paper from that institution.

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– International Student Numbers

– Online Student Numbers

– Undergraduate & Postgraduate Percentages

– Gender Balance Male-Female Ratio