Thomson Scientific Ranks Australian Universities and Research Institutes



    
    University Of Melbourne Leads with 21 Top-Three Appearances; Walter &
    Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Takes Top Honors in Overall
    Impact
    

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The
Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information
solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, today announced
the results of a study analyzing Australian institutions' research influence
and scientific output.  In the September/October issue of Science Watch,
Thomson Scientific analyzes data from its Australian University Indicators
1981-2006 to evaluate universities and research institutions based on total
citations and impact -- the average number of citations per paper.  Science
Watch uses unique citation data to provide rankings, interviews and reports on
today's most significant science.
    The study ranks institutions by impact and total citations across 21
fields as well as overall output and impact.  The University of Melbourne
occupies the lead position in this survey by frequently ranking among the top
three in many of the scientific fields -- appearances in 11 scientific fields
ranked by total citations and 10 fields by impact.  In five scientific fields
-- physics, neurosciences, pharmacology, microbiology, and
psychology/psychiatry -- Melbourne ranked in both citations and impact.
    "As we have seen with previous studies, large universities, such as The
University of Melbourne tend to be the most productive and have the highest
research output.  It is, therefore, not surprising to also see these
powerhouses rank highly in regard to citation rankings," said Christopher
King, editor of Science Watch.  "However, despite publishing fewer papers than
the large universities, smaller research institutes made a good showing in the
impact rankings.  For example, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical
Research topped all other universities and institutions in overall impact with
an average of nearly 20 citations per paper."
    Of total citations garnered by the institutions that ranked among the top
three in these 21 fields, the University of Sydney collected the highest
overall total, with more than 64,000. Of that number, slightly more than
half-32,420 citations-accrued in the field of clinical medicine alone, thus
giving the University of Sydney top honors in that field.  The University of
Melbourne, with more than 51,000 citations tallied in its respective top-three
placements, and the University of New South Wales, with more than 41,000
citations, take second and third place, respectively.

    
     Institutions Ranked by Total Citations Across 21 Fields (2002-2006)
     (Citation totals reflect only those fields in which each institution
                        appeared among the top three)

                                                       Number of Total
                                                        Citations in "Top
         Rank   Institution                             Three" Rankings

         1      University of Sydney                   64,288
         2      University of Melbourne                51,798
         3      University of New South Wales          41,031
         4      University of Queensland               28,818
         5      Australian National University         25,854
    

    By placing second for total citations as well as appearing 10 times in a
top-three spot across 21 fields for impact, the University of Melbourne
displays both productivity and influence.  The university is followed by
fellow powerhouses, the University of Sydney with six appearances, and the
University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland, each with five
appearances.  Institutions Ranked in the Top Three by Impact Across 21 Fields
(2002-2006)

    
                                                       Number of Top-
         Rank   Institution                             Three Fields

         1      University of Melbourne                10
         2      University of Sydney                    6
         3      University of New South Wales           5
         3      University of Queensland                5
    

    Publishing fewer papers, it is difficult for smaller research
institutions to rank highly in the citation counts, but these institutions can
shine in overall impact rankings.  The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
garnered first place over every other institution with the highest impact
across all fields with an average of nearly 20 citations per paper.  The
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, with an average of almost 14 citations
per paper, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, with close to 13 average
citations per paper, round out the top three institutes with the highest
impact.

    Highest Impact Overall (2002-2006)

    Rank        Institution                              Citations Per Paper

    
    1           Walter & Eliza Hall Institute                          19.52
    2           Garvan Institute of Medical Research                   13.73
    3           Peter MacCallum Cancer Center                          12.37
    4           Baker Medical Research Institute                       11.71
    5           Queensland Institute of Medical Research                9.21
    6           Howard Florey Institute                                 8.95
    7           Murdoch Children's Research Institute                   6.96
    8           Institute of Advanced Studies                           6.61
    9           Australian National University                          5.71
    10          University of New South Wales                           5.45
    

    The University of Sydney ranked as the most prolific institution with
more than 13,000 papers published between 2002-2006.  The University of
Queensland with 11,503 papers follows Sydney, and the University of Melbourne
is a close third with 11,220.

    Most Prolific Overall (2002-2006)

    Rank        Institution                            Papers

    
    1           University of Sydney                   13,325
    2           University of Queensland               11,503
    3           University of Melbourne                11,220
    4           University of New South Wales           9,588
    5           Monash University                       8,516
    6           Australian National University          8,104
    7           University of Western Australia         7,093
    8           University of Adelaide                  6,201
    9           University of Newcastle                 2,847
    10          Queensland University of Technology     2,617
    

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For further information:

For further information: about these rankings and for a full list of the
institutions contact Susan Besaw, +1-215-823-1840, or susan.besaw@thomson.com;
For further information: Susan Besaw, of Thomson Scientific, +1-215-823-1840,
susan.besaw@thomson.com

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