27 November 2017
The Nature Index is a database of research articles published in high impact scientific journals chosen by an independent panel of experts. It publishes international tables and national supplements.
The latest edition shows that Harvard is still the leading research university in the US, ranked by Weighted Fractional Counting (WFC).
The top ten universities and research centres are:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of California Berkeley
- Yale University
- University of California San Diego
- National Institutes of Health
- University of Michigan
- Columbia University
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
The supplement also provides tables for subjects and states. The leading institutions are MITfor chemistry, National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) for earth and environmental sciences, Harvard for life sciences, and Stanford for physical sciences.
The index shows that nearly every leading US university declined between 2012 and 2016. The WFC for Harvard fell by 17%, Berkeley 12%, Michigan 11%, and Princeton 9%. For some schools the fall was slight: MIT, Columbia and the University of California San Diego declined by only 1%.
The following institutions recorded a fall of more than 25% in WFC: National Institutes of Health, Northwestern University, University of California Santa Barbara, the Scripps Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida.
The few American universities that improved include Stanford (up 5%) and the University of Texas at Austin (up 6%),