2012 Thomson Reuters Australia Citation and Innovation Awards

Eleven Australian Research Groups have been selected to receive Citation Awards in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research. In addition, Eight Australian organisations have been recognised for their excellence in innovation.

Thomson Reuters congratulates the 2015 Citation and Innovation Award winners!

Citation Awardees


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Research Theme
Biology & Blochemistry
G Protein-Coupled Receptor allosteric sites
Environment, Ecology & Social Sciences Effects of climate change on habitat loss and conservation decisions
Material Sciences
Severe plastic deformation on materials
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Molecular triggers of cell necrosis and applications for cancer treatment
Clinical Medicine
BRAF-mutated melanoma
Plant & Animal Science
Drought and tree mortality
Space Science
Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)
Geosciences Tectonic Setting of the North And South China Cratons
Social Sciences
Digital media, gambling and addiction
Arts & Humanities
Language role in social interactions
Arts & Humanities Luminescence dating of archaelogical deposits
Innovation Awardees


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Large Corporation (Medical / Biotech / Life Science / Science)
ResMed Ltd
SME Corporation (Medical / Biotech / Life Science / Science) EnGeneIC Ltd
Large Corporation (Other Technology / Mechanical / Engineering) Technological Resources Pty Ltd (Subsdiary of Rio Tinto)
SME Corporation (Other Technology / Mechanical / Engineering) Quickstep Technologies
Government (Government or Government Funded)
Academic (University)
The University of Melbourne
Best Collaboration Award
Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

Methodology - Citation Awards 2015

The objective of the methodology is to select outstanding Australian Groups that make a significant contribution to an emerging research area.

Thomson Reuters identifies Research Fronts using a “co-citation” analysis that clusters papers published between 2008 and 2014, in journals indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science Core Collection. These clusters of papers are based on the relationships between highly cited papers but were extended to include other papers related to individual clusters. Once created, only the Research Fronts with at least one Australian-affiliated author were kept for the next stage.

Each cluster was analysed with a series of indicators measuring the number of top papers (highly cited and hot papers) authored in Australia, the size and age of the clusters as well as the share of Australian partner organisations as well as the average age of papers and the Essential Science Indicators. These indicators are combined to obtain an overall score for each cluster and this score is used to create a ranking. In addition, two teams from Thomson Reuters reviewed the data, one using a “metrics only” approach, the other team using a combination of “metrics and expert review”. The final ranking is a consensus list between both approaches (all selected topics were included in the final list).

We applied two exceptions to the methodology to accommodate possible methodological biases: The topic with the highest score in social sciences was selected, for the humanities, documents from the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the Book Citation Index were analysed using text clustering only (from the title and abstract), followed by an analysis of the papers in the top 1% of the Web of Science categories. The topic with the highest score was selected.

Once topics were selected, we identified the key Australian contributors to the key papers in each topic by reviewing authors with the highest numbers of papers and the highest number of papers in the top 10% of their categories. Affiliation information was only available once the key topics and lead authors were selected.


The methodology used to determine the 2015 Australian Innovation Award winners is based closely on the methodology used in the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators Program. The methodology used to determine the Top 100 Global Innovators was developed by Thomson Reuters and discussed with and approved by several IP-savvy, external organisations.

This is the second time Thomson Reuters has awarded innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia. Seven awards are presented: Large Corporation (Medical / Biotech / Life Science / Science), SME Corporation (Medical / Biotech / Life Science / Science), Large Corporation (Other Technology / Mechanical / Engineering), SME Corporation (Other Technology / Mechanical / Engineering), Government (Government or Government Funded), Academic (University) and Best Collaboration Award. The awards recognise Australian innovation resulting from institutions and large and Small-to-Medium sized (SME) commercial enterprises headquartered in Australia. Australian SME Corporations are those with less than 200 employees.

The research and analyses used to determine the award winners was performed using Thomson Reuters’ Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI), Thomson Innovation®, the Thomson Reuters IP intelligence and collaboration platform, and Thomson Data Analyzer®. Four indicators were used to determine the winners:

  • VOLUME: The top 10 most prolific patent filers in Australia over the last 5 years were identified. These organisations became the “candidate organisations”.
  • SUCCESS: For each candidate organisation, the number of granted patents to total number of new inventions filed in the last 5 years was used as a measure of “success”.
  • GLOBALISATION: The number of inventions filed in the last 5 years that have quadrilateral patents in their patent families, according to the Thomson Reuters Quadrilateral Patent Index™, was calculated for each candidate organisation.
  • INFLUENCE: The impact of an invention can be determined by looking at how often it is subsequently cited down the line. Citation counts were determined for each of the candidate organisations to provide a measure of the “influence” of their inventions filed in the last 5 years.


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24 June 2015 - The Australian Higher EducationHugenholtz and 14 others awarded Australian Laureate Fellowships

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