14 September 2017
The Nature Index is a database of information about the authors of research articles in 68 leading international journals. It is updated monthly and the journals included are selected by two panels of experts, Physical Sciences headed by John Morton of University College London and Yin-Biao Sun of King’s College, London.
The latest edition of the annual tables was published recently, showing the top 500 research institutions according to Weighted Fractional Count. Altogether, there are sixteen new institutions in the top 500, five from China, three from the USA, two from Italy and one each from Poland, Australia, Brazil, Germany, UK and India.
Further evidence of China’s rapid research development is seen in Peking University entering the top ten for the first time. It is also worth noting that some Dutch and American public universities have improved significantly since last year including the University of California Irvine, Rutgers, the University of Amsterdam and Radboud university.
Harvard is in first place this year, as it was in the previous four, although its score has fallen by 16% since 2012. The top five universities are:
- Harvard University
- Stanford university
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge.
The top five countries are:
The top five corporate institutions are:
- Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland
- IBM Corporation, USA
- Novartis International AG, Switzerland
- Merck & Co., Inc., USA
- Pfizer Inc., USA.