Methodology

Google Scholar, GS, citation rates have been analysed for all staff which are identified as being associated with an engineering department (e.g. Mechanical Engineering) at all Group of 8, Go8, Universities in Australia. The metrics are classified for different staff levels, being:

  • Lecturer
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor

The following conditions were also placed on the collected data:

  • Staff which were identified as research only academics or Emeritus or Adjunct staff were not included in the analysis (e.g. research fellows)
  • ANU was not included as staff are not identified in a classical engineering field of expertise
  • Staff with identifiable corrupt information were discounted (e.g. had papers associated with their GS account circa 1900)
  • For UWA the conversion was used:

Assistant Professor = Lecturer
Associate Professor = Senior Lecturer
Professor = Associate Professor
W/Professor = Professor

  • N = the number of staff identified for the department and/or staff level
  • n = the number of staff with GS accounts which were analysed for the department and/or staff level

Definition of metrics

  • h-index: standard Hirsch index as displayed by GS
  • m-index: h-index divided by the number of years since first publication
  • i10-index: i10 index as defined by GS

More information can be found on indices here.

Group of 8 Universities

  • Australian National University (ANU)
  • University of Sydney (USYD)
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • University of Queensland (UQ)
  • University of Melbourne (UMelb)
  • Monash University (Monash)
  • University of Adelaide (UAdel)
  • University of Western Australia (UWA)