“Rankings are a natural enemy of openness….
Australian universities are heavily financially reliant on overseas students….
University rankings are extremely important in the recruitment of overseas students….
There is incredible pressure on researchers in Australia to perform. This can take the form of reward, with many universities offering financial incentives for publication in ‘top’ journals….
For example, Griffith University’s Research and Innovation Plan 2017-2020 includes: “Maintain a Nature and Science publication incentive scheme”. Publication in these two journals comprises 20% of the score in the Academic Ranking of World Universities….”