20 June 2018
The Nature Index analyses the performance of institutions and countries in producing research in the natural sciences at the highest level. It is derived from a database compiled by Nature Research of research articles in 82 highly reputed science journals. It is updated every month and country and institutional tables are published each year. The journals are chosen by two independent panels, for the physical sciences and the life sciences, headed by John Morton of University College London and Tracey Chapman of the University of East Anglia. The latest tables were published last week.
Tables are available for academic, corporate, government, healthcare, and NPO/NGO (foundations) institutions, for regions and countries, and for Chemistry, Earth and Environmental, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and all subjects.
The top five countries by fractional counting of articles are:
The top five institutions of all types are:
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Harvard University, USA
- Max Planck Society, Germany
- French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
- Stanford University, USA.
The universities in the current top 50 with the biggest percentage increase in scores are:
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; 64.8%
Indian Institutes of Technology; 28%
Kyoto University, Japan; 15.1%
Fudan University, China; 11.1%
National University of Singapore; 10.5%.
Those in the top 50 with the biggest decreases are:
University of Minnesota, USA; -15.5%
University of Oxford, UK; -15.2%
Yale University, USA; -13.6%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; 1-2%
EPF Lausanne, Switzerland; -11.2%.