03 September 2019
Nature and Science are considered the two most prestigious scientific journals. Their importance is indicated by their weighting of 20 per cent in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. Nature Index has published an article by Gemma Conroy and Bec Crew that highlights the top ten institutions that contributed to these two journals during 2018. First place goes to Harvard with a total article count of 210 or a fractional count of 70.67, followed by Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Society and the University of California Berkeley. The data is derived from the annual tables for 2019.
English-speaking universities and research centres continue to provide a large number of contributors. The top 100 includes 54 US institutions, nine British, two Australian and one Canadian. Continental Europe is also well represented with nine German and seven Swiss institutions, and five others. There are also several from China and Japan.
It is noticeable that some US colleges such as University of Maryland at College Park, Penn State University, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia have made significant improvements. However, Chinese universities such as Fudan University, the Southern University of Science and Technology, and Wuhan University have made even greater gains
The leading universities in various regions are:
Africa; University of Cape Town, South Africa
Asia Pacific; Chinese Academy of Sciences
Europe; Max Planck Society, Germany
North America; Harvard University, USA
South America; Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Western Asia; Weizmann Institute of Technology, Israel.