Stanford University

United States of America (USA)

Stanford University, founded in 1885, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford is known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from its Western United States location, proximity to Silicon Valley and the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford. Stanford’s motto—‘the wind of freedom blows’—reflects the university’s commitment to free and open inquiry in the pursuit of teaching and research.

Stanford has attracted one of the most accomplished faculties in the world. The current community of scholars includes 20 Nobel Prize winners, four Pulitzer Prize recipients and 29 MacArthur Fellows. The academic excellence of its more than 2,150 faculty members means Stanford is well positioned to pursue its mission of advancing knowledge and making meaningful contributions to the world. The university’s areas of excellence cross disciplines and range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences, and the professions of business, education, law and medicine.

Research at Stanford is remarkable in its breadth and depth. It reflects the expertise and initiative of faculty who set the research agenda. Stanford faculty have a long tradition of working across disciplines. The university’s 18 independent laboratories, centers and institutes provide an intellectual intersection between schools and disciplines. These institutes focus on collaborations ranging form international and economic studies to challenges facing the environment, energy and health. There are more than 5,500 externally sponsored projects throughout the university, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, with a total budget for sponsored projects at $1.22 billion during 2015-16.

From its outset, Stanford has been innovative in its approach to teaching and research, following the founders’ objective “to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life.” Stanford’s 16,000 students—9,000 graduate students and 7,000 undergraduate students—are drawn from worldwide pool of accomplished and talented young scholars.

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1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Stanford University published between 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

1504 540.65 506.52

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 517 201.16 201.16
Physical Sciences 807 237.73 203.60
Chemistry 257 142.04 142.04
Earth & Environmental Sciences 85 34.79 34.79

Top articles by Altmetric score:

Revealing a 5,000-y-old beer recipe in China

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 47.83% Domestic
  • 52.17% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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