Nature publishing index 2012 finds that James Cook University is bucking historical trends with a rapid rise through the ranks.

Building on gains last year, the biggest mover has again been James Cook University in the northern city of Townsville, up from 10th to 5th, below the University of Sydney and just ahead of Monash University and the University of New South Wales. James Cook is now ranked 30th in the region, up from 66th in 2011 and 296th in 2010. James Cook’s strengths lie in the earth and environmental sciences. It is the top-ranked Asia-Pacific institution in Nature Climate Change, and is also the biggest Australian contributor (just ahead of ANU) to the country’s earth and environmental sciences count.