2016 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

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

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 120.43 279
2 Kyoto University, Japan 57.94 175
3 Osaka University, Japan 50.53 160
4 Nagoya University, Japan 31.23 85
5 Hokkaido University, Japan 24.02 65
6 Keio University, Japan 21.09 63
7 Tohoku University, Japan 20.15 56
8 Kyushu University, Japan 19.72 67
9 University of Tsukuba, Japan 14.06 53
10 Okayama University, Japan 9.50 32
11 Kumamoto University, Japan 9.45 28
12 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 9.01 29
13 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 8.00 35
14 Kobe University, Japan 7.61 29
15 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 6.76 26
16 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 6.60 36
17 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 6.45 28
18 Tokushima University, Japan 6.43 16
19 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 6.38 33
20 Gunma University, Japan 5.41 19
21 Chiba University, Japan 5.15 32
22 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 5.14 15
23 University of Toyama, Japan 4.94 14
24 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 4.72 17
25 Doshisha University, Japan 4.64 9
26 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 4.28 26
27 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 3.93 13
28 Ehime University, Japan 3.78 15
29 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 3.68 12
30 Juntendo University, Japan 3.33 25
31 Niigata University, Japan 3.31 21
32 Jichi Medical University, Japan 3.29 15
33 Saitama University, Japan 3.21 16
34 Waseda University, Japan 3.13 11
35 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 3.03 8
36 University of Shizuoka, Japan 2.65 5
37 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 2.60 9
38 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 2.45 9
39 University of Yamanashi, Japan 2.38 9
40 University of Fukui, Japan 2.29 15
41 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 2.20 12
42 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 2.17 11
43 Nagoya City University, Japan 2.09 17
44 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 1.94 6
45 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 1.86 13
46 Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU), Japan 1.85 11
47 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.79 8
48 Yamagata University, Japan 1.77 3
49 Yamaguchi University, Japan 1.74 7
50 Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University (TMPU), Japan 1.73 4
51 Mie University, Japan 1.68 9
52 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 1.66 5
53 Tokyo Medical University, Japan 1.62 5
54 Wakayama Medical University, Japan 1.61 4
55 University of Hyogo, Japan 1.52 7
56 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 1.52 5
57 Kansai Medical University (KMU), Japan 1.49 6
58 Tottori University, Japan 1.48 7
59 Asahikawa Medical University, Japan 1.46 4
60 Kagawa University, Japan 1.37 6
61 Toho University, Japan 1.35 5
62 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 1.32 11
63 St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan 1.30 6
64 Azabu University, Japan 1.18 3
65 Saga University, Japan 1.17 5
66 Toyama Prefectural University, Japan 1.14 2
67 Konan University, Japan 1.14 3
68 Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan 1.13 4
69 Teikyo University, Japan 1.12 6
70 Kurume University, Japan 1.11 10
71 Meijo University, Japan 1.08 3
72 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 1.05 8
73 Iwate Medical University, Japan 1.04 3
74 Tokushima Bunri University, Japan 1.03 4
75 Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan 1.00 1
76 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 0.98 5
77 Tokyo Gakugei University (TGU), Japan 0.94 2
78 Fujita Health University, Japan 0.92 6
79 Hirosaki University, Japan 0.92 6
80 Nagasaki University, Japan 0.88 8
81 Ochanomizu University, Japan 0.88 2
82 Fukuoka University, Japan 0.86 3
83 Kagoshima University, Japan 0.86 9
84 Rikkyo University, Japan 0.82 2
85 Japan Women's University, Japan 0.79 5
86 Shimane University, Japan 0.77 4
87 Akita University, Japan 0.77 2
88 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 0.72 4
89 University of Miyazaki, Japan 0.71 8
90 Nihon University, Japan 0.65 6
91 Tokai University, Japan 0.64 5
92 Kochi University, Japan 0.64 7
93 Showa Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.60 3
94 Chubu University, Japan 0.56 5
95 Aichi Medical University, Japan 0.54 3
96 Tamagawa University, Japan 0.53 3
97 Gifu University, Japan 0.52 7
98 Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology (N-BIO), Japan 0.50 4
99 Chuo University, Japan 0.50 1
99 Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan 0.50 1
99 Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.50 1
99 The University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan 0.50 1
100 Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS), Japan 0.48 4

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