2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences

Table criteria

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

2015 Institution FC 2015
1 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 513.46
2 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 318.86
3 Max Planck Society, Germany 306.99
4 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 227.44
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 224.77
6 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 221.81
7 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 202.04
8 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 174.91
9 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 168.86
10 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 137.69
11 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 130.02
12 University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 127.1
13 Peking University (PKU), China 123.06
14 National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy 122.71
15 Tsinghua University (TH), China 117.96
16 University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 117.27
17 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 110.82
18 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 108.41
19 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 107.91
20 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 107.65
21 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), United States of America (USA) 105.37
22 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 103.43
23 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 102.1
24 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 101.11
25 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 93.58
26 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 91.11
27 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia 90.94
28 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 90.3
29 Tohoku University, Japan 87.52
30 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 87.25
31 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 87.11
32 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA) 86.9
33 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 86.17
34 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.16
35 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 85.78
36 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), United States of America (USA) 85.66
37 Institute of Physics (IOP), CAS, China 85.51
38 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 84.64
39 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 81.29
40 Kyoto University, Japan 80.59
41 Leibniz Association, Germany 80.36
42 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 80.06
43 Fudan University, China 79.62
44 Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), United States of America (USA) 79.62
45 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 74.79
46 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 73.7
47 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 71.72
48 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 70.99
49 RIKEN, Japan 70.03
50 Rice University, United States of America (USA) 69.91
51 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 68.92
52 National Research Council (CNR), Italy 67.16
53 Soochow University, China 66.8
54 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States of America (USA) 65.36
55 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.5
56 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 63.03
57 Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), France 62.83
58 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), India 62.57
59 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 62.51
60 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 62.17
61 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 61.83
62 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), United States of America (USA) 61.12
63 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 61.09
64 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 61.08
65 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 60.97
66 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 60.75
67 Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), United States of America (USA) 60.71
68 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 60.69
69 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 59.15
70 Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), United States of America (USA) 58.53
71 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 56.63
72 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 54.23
73 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), Israel 54.14
74 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 53.79
75 IBM Corporation, United States of America (USA) 53.18
76 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 53.02
77 German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), Germany 51.91
78 University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK) 51.41
79 Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) - Paris 6, France 49.95
80 Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), United States of America (USA) 49.88
81 Osaka University, Japan 48.96
82 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 48.15
83 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 48.12
84 Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), Canada 47.69
85 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 47.52
86 University of Würzburg, Germany 45.42
87 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 44.47
88 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 44.21
89 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 43.9
90 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 43.24
91 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 42.69
92 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.57
93 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 42.47
94 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 42.27
95 Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America (USA) 41.89
96 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 41.87
97 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 41.83
98 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 41.69
99 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 41.45
100 Institute of Chemistry (ICCAS), CAS, China 41.28

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. It is important for users to understand that the data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, that they cover the natural sciences only and that outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output). We encourage users to combine the free-to-access Nature Index data with information from other sources.

The tables were last updated on 7 June 2018 with the most recent institution and article corrections.

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