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Thomson Scientific Ranks Australian Universities and Research Institutes
Date:10/8/2007

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 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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 publi
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