University of Sydney tops science rankings

20 October 2010

The University of Sydney has been ranked first in Australia, first in the Oceania region, and 53rd in the world in the SCImago Institutions Rankings World Report 2010, which measures international rankings of scientific output.

The SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) World Report 2010 was released on 13 October 2010 by the SCImago Research Group, in Madrid, Spain.

The SIR rankings analysed scientific output, international collaboration and scientific impact for 2,833 research institutions around the world including universities, government agencies, research hospitals and major companies.

The University of Sydney was ranked more than 20 places higher in the international ranking than its nearest Australian competitor, the University of Melbourne.

According to the SIR World Report 2010, the analysis is of those institutions which published at least 100 papers in scholarly journals in 2008 and an analysis of their scientific output during the period 2004-08 in the largest scientific literature database, Scopus from Elsevier.

The ranking includes four key performance indicators to evaluate institutions' research outcomes:

  • Output, measured as the number of scientific papers according to Scopus
  • International Collaboration, measured as the ratio of scientific documents an institution publishes in collaboration with foreign institutions
  • Normalised Impact, as the citation rate an institution receives compared to the World Average (according to the normalised citation indicator developed at Karolinska Instituet in Sweden)
  • Publication Rate into the 25% of "Best Journals" according to SJR indicator developed by SCImago Research Group.

"We are extremely pleased that the University of Sydney has been ranked as top in Australia and 53rd internationally for our scientific research output. It's excellent to receive international recognition for the focus we place on outstanding research in the sciences," said Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science.

"The Faculty of Science can be extremely proud of our strong research track record, which has contributed to this latest ranking result," said Professor Hambley.

Following the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, other Australian institutions that ranked highly in the international list were: University of Queensland - third in Australia and the region, 90th in the world; UNSW - fourth in Australia and the region, 102nd in the world; Monash University - fifth in Australia and the region, 137th in the world; Australian National University - sixth in Australia and the region, 228th in the world; University of Western Australia - seventh in Australia and the region, 239th in the world; and the CSIRO - eighth in Australia and the region, 284th in the world.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said he was delighted that the University of Sydney's commitment to research excellence had been recognised internationally.

"Research at the University of Sydney is dynamic and always evolving; inspiring the active mind and providing new tools and ways of thinking that lead to innovation."

The SCImago Research Group say their list is the world's most comprehensive and broadest research ranking of worldwide universities and research institutions. The 2010 report is the second edition of the SIR World Report, with the first report released in 2009, and the rankings list set to be updated annually by the SCImago Research Group.

See the full list of SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) World Report 2010 at:

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