2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - academic

Table criteria

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

2015 Institution Share 2015
1 Peking University (PKU), China 123.74
2 Tsinghua University, China 117.99
3 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 94
4 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.17
5 Fudan University, China 79.62
6 Soochow University, China 66.8
7 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.5
8 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 40.78
9 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 39.46
10 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 37.47
11 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 33.72
12 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 29.51
13 Beihang University (BUAA), China 28.45
14 Jilin University (JLU), China 28.19
15 Nankai University (NKU), China 27.27
16 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 27.22
17 Tianjin University (TJU), China 25.64
18 Wuhan University (WHU), China 24.94
19 Shandong University (SDU), China 23.18
20 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 22.74
21 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 21.44
22 Chongqing University (CQU), China 20.56
23 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 20.56
24 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 19.55
25 Southeast University (SEU), China 19.45
26 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 17.92
27 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 17.41
28 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 16.79
29 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 16.59
30 Sichuan University (SCU), China 16.3
31 Shanghai University (SHU), China 16.05
32 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 15.08
33 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 12.91
34 Xiamen University (XMU), China 11.82
35 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 11.71
36 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 11.56
37 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 11.02
38 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 10.66
39 Tongji University, China 10.6
40 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 10.01
41 Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China 9.49
42 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 9.38
43 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 8.95
44 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 8.29
45 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 7.81
46 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 7.35
47 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 7.11
48 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China 6.89
49 Donghua University (DHU), China 6.47
50 North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China 6.23
51 Henan Normal University, China 6.09
52 Central South University (CSU), China 5.79
53 Xidian University, China 5.72
54 Fuzhou University (FZU), China 5.61
55 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 5.4
56 Northeastern University (NEU), China 5.32
57 Shanxi University (SXU), China 5.16
58 Xiangtan University (XTU), China 5.12
59 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 5.11
60 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 4.89
61 Southwest University (SWU), China 4.8
62 Hunan University (HNU), China 4.57
63 Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China 4.56
64 Harbin Engineering University (HEU), China 4.55
65 Nanchang University (NCU), China 4.33
66 Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), China 4.28
67 Jiangsu University (JSU), China 4.21
68 Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China 4.05
69 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 3.95
70 Ningbo University (NBU), China 3.92
71 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 3.79
72 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 3.76
73 Taiyuan University of Technology (TUT), China 3.58
74 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 3.43
75 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 3.32
76 ChangChun University of Science and Technology (CUST), China 3.26
77 Jiangnan University, China 3.24
78 University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), China 3.21
79 Hebei University (HBU), China 3.17
80 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 3.08
81 Hangzhou Normal University (HZNU), China 2.99
82 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 2.97
83 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 2.97
84 Henan University (HENU), China 2.84
85 Northeast Normal University (NENU), China 2.81
86 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 2.81
87 Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China 2.73
88 Air Force Engineering University, China 2.61
89 Anhui University (AHU), China 2.36
90 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 2.28
91 ShanghaiTech University, China 2.23
92 Yantai University (YTU), China 2.2
93 Liaoning Normal University (LNNU), China 2.1
94 Yanshan University (YSU), China 2.08
95 Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China 2.06
96 Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China 1.98
97 Qingdao University (QU), China 1.91
98 Changzhou University (CZU), China 1.89
99 Jinan University (JNU), China 1.88
100 Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU), China 1.65

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