Australia has only two universities in the top 100 of an influential global ranking that measures scientific discoveries, placing it as the 12th in the world.The Global Nature Index, which measures the number of academic papers published in Nature’s stable of 70 journals, put the University of Queensland as Australia’s highest placed institution at 92 followed by Monash at 100. Six institutions made the top 200.
In its critique of the Australian research system, Nature said despite funding cuts and uncertainty around science policy, scientific publications had increased marginally on 2014.
“This improvement came during a year of uncertainty over science policy, for much of which the country did not have a science minister and government spending on R&D fell to its level as a proportion of total spending since the early 1980s,” Nature said.
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