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2016 tables: Countries/territories - Nature & Science

Table criteria

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

2015 Country/territory Share 2015
1 United States of America (USA) 842.51
2 United Kingdom (UK) 140.63
3 Germany 116.69
4 France 62.39
5 China 56.22
6 Switzerland 49.79
7 Japan 48.44
8 Canada 40.02
9 Netherlands 24.54
10 Australia 24.48
11 Italy 19.09
12 Sweden 16.79
13 Spain 16.14
14 Israel 15.86
15 South Korea 14.92
16 Austria 12.56
17 Denmark 10.66
18 Belgium 10.4
19 Norway 6.34
20 Singapore 6.32
21 Taiwan 5.68
22 Brazil 3.89
23 Finland 3.64
24 Russia 3.36
25 South Africa 3.08
26 New Zealand 2.72
27 Poland 2.42
28 Argentina 2.4
29 Saudi Arabia 2.36
30 Chile 2.28
31 Hungary 1.59
32 Portugal 1.51
33 India 1.42
34 Ireland 1.33
35 Bulgaria 1.14
36 Malaysia 1.14
37 Greece 1.12
38 Kenya 1
39 Estonia 0.99
40 Czech Republic 0.91
41 Mexico 0.9
42 Panama 0.87
43 Colombia 0.86
44 Uruguay 0.82
45 Peru 0.74
46 Iceland 0.7
47 Mali 0.57
48 Sri Lanka 0.56
49 Croatia 0.54
50 Thailand 0.52

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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