Deakin earns a spot in Australia's top 12 research institutes
Deakin University been named one the nation’s top 12 research institutions in The Australian’s 2024 Research Magazine.
The magazine acknowledged Deakin’s broad research excellence, naming the University as Australia’s leading institute in 13 fields of research and naming six Deakin academics as leaders in their fields.
Each year, The Australian's Research Magazine highlights Australia's research leaders, and the institutes at the forefront of knowledge, based off citations and research output.
Deakin was named Australia's leading research institute in 13 categories in Health and Medical Sciences (two categories); Engineering and Computer Sciences (two categories); Humanities, Literature and Arts (two categories); and Social Sciences (seven categories).
Health and Medical Sciences
1. Child & Adolescent Psychology
2. Nutrition Science
Engineering and Computer Sciences
3. Computing Systems
4. Wood Science & Technology
Humanities, Literature and Arts
5. Ethnic & Cultural Studies
6. Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
8. Academic & Psychological Testing
9. Diplomacy & International Relations
11. Higher Education
12. Human Migration
13. Military Studies
Deakin’s research experts in the spotlight
Each year, The Australian names the top Australian researchers in 250 fields of research over eight disciplines, with the aim of highlighting the excellence and relevance of Australia's research effort.
The selection is made objectively based on the number of citations researchers have received for their publications over the past five years in top academic journals.
Six Deakin researchers were named leaders across nine fields.
Fields led by Deakin researchers:
Health & Medical Sciences (general)
Ethnic & Cultural Studies
Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Academic & Psychological Testing
Deakin is home to more than 2000 research experts across four faculties, seven research institutes and seven research centres, and is supporting the next generation of research talent with more than 2000 research degree students.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin says the university strikes a deliberate balance between its research and its teaching.
‘We haven’t said we want to be a research-intensive university at the expense of our education mission; we’ve really tried to balance out the two, and for us it’s a really important part of our makeup.’
How The Australian measures research success
In each field The Australian’s partner, research analytics firm League of Scholars, calculates an impact score for researchers (affiliated to an Australian institution) who publish in that field. The impact score is a measure of both quality and impact.
A researcher’s field impact score is equal to the citations for papers published by that researcher in the top 20 journals in that field in the past five years. The researcher with the highest impact score is the top researcher in that field.
An institution’s field impact score is calculated by summing the individual impact scores in that field for that institution’s affiliated researchers. Similarly, the institution with the highest impact score is the top research institution in that field.
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Australia makes up only 0.3 per cent of the world’s population, but 3 per cent of the world’s research.