2016 tables: Institutions - physical 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 223.53 614
2 Tohoku University, Japan 87.66 212
3 Kyoto University, Japan 79.59 253
4 Osaka University, Japan 49.07 196
5 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.58 187
6 Nagoya University, Japan 36.48 193
7 Kyushu University, Japan 22.57 120
8 Hokkaido University, Japan 21.93 50
9 University of Tsukuba, Japan 19.30 141
10 Waseda University, Japan 16.51 113
11 Keio University, Japan 15.17 33
12 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 13.48 67
13 Yamagata University, Japan 8.73 25
14 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 8.52 24
15 Okayama University, Japan 7.99 98
16 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 7.53 16
17 Kobe University, Japan 6.48 95
18 Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan 5.69 7
19 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 5.15 43
20 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 5.02 30
21 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 4.74 11
22 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 4.65 11
23 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 4.65 95
24 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 4.53 7
25 The University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan 4.43 12
26 Niigata University, Japan 4.14 19
27 Chiba University, Japan 3.45 22
28 Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan 3.45 5
29 Shizuoka University, Japan 3.45 11
30 Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan 3.36 9
31 Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan 3.15 9
32 Mie University, Japan 2.90 5
33 University of Toyama, Japan 2.72 9
34 Ibaraki University, Japan 2.60 11
35 Saitama University, Japan 2.50 11
36 Rikkyo University, Japan 2.34 12
37 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 2.27 7
38 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 2.23 77
39 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 2.19 6
40 Kumamoto University, Japan 2.02 5
41 Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan 2.01 4
42 Ehime University, Japan 1.94 11
43 Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Japan 1.91 7
44 Saga University, Japan 1.86 4
45 Doshisha University, Japan 1.63 4
46 Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan 1.53 3
47 University of Hyogo, Japan 1.47 5
48 Gunma University, Japan 1.47 6
49 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 1.37 49
50 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan 1.32 7
51 Meijo University, Japan 1.28 3
52 Nihon University, Japan 1.28 9
53 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 1.27 7
54 Toyama Prefectural University, Japan 1.27 3
55 Kochi University of Technology, Japan 1.26 4
56 Juntendo University, Japan 1.17 4
57 Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan 1.07 2
58 National Defense Academy of Japan (NDA), Japan 1.03 2
59 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology (TMCIT), Japan 1.00 1
59 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 1.00 1
60 Utsunomiya University, Japan 0.98 3
61 Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan 0.96 3
62 Shimane University, Japan 0.95 3
63 Kochi University, Japan 0.88 3
64 Tokushima University, Japan 0.87 2
65 National Institute of Technology, Toyama College, Japan 0.80 1
66 Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), Japan 0.78 3
67 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 0.67 1
67 Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan 0.67 1
68 Toho University, Japan 0.65 14
69 Kogakuin University, Japan 0.61 8
70 Kindai University, Japan 0.58 3
71 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 0.58 2
72 Fukuoka University, Japan 0.58 3
73 University of Yamanashi, Japan 0.55 2
74 Gakushuin University, Japan 0.54 2
75 Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan 0.50 2
75 National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan 0.50 1
75 Okayama University of Science, Japan 0.50 1
75 Seikei Gakuen, Japan 0.50 1
76 Chubu University, Japan 0.48 2
77 Akita University, Japan 0.46 3
78 Nagasaki University, Japan 0.45 2
79 Gifu University, Japan 0.43 17
80 Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan 0.42 3
81 National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College, Japan 0.40 1
82 Hosei University, Japan 0.38 2
83 National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College, Japan 0.36 1
84 Tokyo City University, Japan 0.36 2
85 Ochanomizu University, Japan 0.35 17
86 University of Fukui, Japan 0.34 5
87 Yamaguchi University, Japan 0.33 2
88 Nara Women's University (NWU), Japan 0.33 12
89 Bunkyo University, Japan 0.31 2
89 Tokyo Keizai University, Japan 0.31 2
89 Tokyo Denki University, Japan 0.31 2
90 Fukushima University, Japan 0.29 3
91 Kanagawa University, Japan 0.25 12
92 Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan 0.25 1
92 Hirosaki University, Japan 0.25 1
92 Toin University of Yokohama, Japan 0.25 1
93 Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries (GPI), Japan 0.23 1
94 University of Miyazaki, Japan 0.20 4
95 Osaka Dental University, Japan 0.20 1
95 Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan 0.20 1
96 International Christian University (ICU), Japan 0.17 1
96 Meiji University, Japan 0.17 1
96 Oita University, Japan 0.17 1
97 Hiroshima City University (HCU), Japan 0.16 2
98 Nagoya City University, Japan 0.14 1
98 University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Japan 0.14 1
98 Sophia University, Japan 0.14 1
99 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 0.13 1
100 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 0.13 2

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