24 June 2019
Nature Index is a ranking of institutions and countries based on their publications in a limited number of highly selected journals in the natural sciences. It is therefore a reliable guide to changes in the quality of research. The USA continues to hold the lead but China is catching up rapidly. Since 2017 the US score has fallen by 3.4% while that of China has risen by 17.0%. Western European countries have not fared well with France, Germany, the UK and Switzerland all showing a decline as have India and Japan. In contrast, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Iran and South Africa have made significant improvements.
China now holds the lead in Chemistry, while the USA is still in first place for Life Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences.
The top ten institutions are:
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Harvard University, USA
- Max Planck Society, Germany
- National Centre for Scientific Research, France
- Stanford University, USA
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- Helmholz Association of German Research Centres
- University of Cambridge, UK
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- Peking University, China.
Harvard is the leading institution for Life Sciences and publications in Nature and Science and The Chinese academy of Sciences is in first place for Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences.
The current tables are based on the adjusted fractional count (AFC) for papers published in 2018.