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The prestigious research publisher, Nature, has named Flinders University in its 2016 ‘Rising Stars’ in the Asia-Pacific.

Flinders has come in at number 6 of the Asia-Pacific’s top 25 institutions to watch, as part of the Nature Index ‘Rising Stars’ supplement published in conjunction with Nature’s July edition.

The index shows Flinders University has posted an impressive 213% increase in publications (Weighted Fractional Count) between 2012-2015.

Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Rob Saint congratulated the University’s researchers for their substantial rise in papers accepted and published in high quality science research publications.

‘This welcome honour reflects Flinders’ strengthening reputation for rigorous, informative research that is furthering knowledge of the world around us,’ Professor Saint says.

‘It is welcome recognition of the energy and excellence of our scientists, and another feather in our cap as we celebrate 50 years of making a difference.’

‘Nature says “These are the players to watch”, and our astonishing published breakthroughs bear this out – from the protein-unravelling device famed for unboiling an egg that is set to transform how we treat cancer and make biofuels, to harnessing citrus peel to remove toxic mercury from the environment,’ Professor Saint says.

‘Our new Strategic Plan underscores our determination to be a world leader in research, contributing knowledge, understanding and practical solutions that will improve lives and benefit society,’ he adds.

The Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement identifies the countries and institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality research publications, using the power of the Nature Index, which tracks research outputs for more than 8,000 global institutions.

Articles included in the Nature Index are drawn from 68 of the world’s most highly regarded science journals, identified by researchers as those they would choose for publication of their best work.

The 68 journals included in the first release of the Nature Index represent less than 1% of the journals covering natural sciences in the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) but account for close to 30% of total citations to natural science journals.


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