Developing a Nature publishing culture within an aspirational research university

Pankhurst, Ned (2011). Developing a Nature publishing culture within an aspirational research university. In: Perspectives on Metrics-Based Research Evaluation - Two Years On, The University of Queensland, (). 16-17 May 2011.

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Author Pankhurst, Ned
Title of paper Developing a Nature publishing culture within an aspirational research university
Conference name Perspectives on Metrics-Based Research Evaluation - Two Years On
Conference location The University of Queensland
Conference dates 16-17 May 2011
Convener Thomson Reuters & The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Oral presentation
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Griffith University’s vision is to be recognised as one of the leading universities of Australia and of the Asia-Pacific region. It is therefore essential to identify research performance indicators that measure the University’s progress in achieving this vision. One useful measure selected by Griffith is the Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index. The Index, launched approximately two years ago and updated weekly, “ranks institutions and countries in the Asia-Pacific region (including India and Australasia) according to the number of primary research articles they publish in Nature journals.”

Prior to the launch of the Index Griffith University had identified a gap in its research performance; while it was performing high quality research much of this was not being published in world-leading journals including Nature, Science, and the New England Journal of Medicine. The University therefore needed to develop a culture of publishing in these journals and embarked on an evidence-based dialogue with lead researchers to persuade them of the value of submitting to a wide range of leading journals including Nature and Nature monthly research journals.

Two years on, Griffith University is recognised as a leading contributor to these journals by virtue of a top 25 position on the Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index from more than 460 institutions ranked from the Asia-Pacific region, while achieving a top six position in Australia in March 2011. As a leading research institution in the arts and social sciences Griffith views the Index as just one measure of success in achieving the University’s vision.

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