2017 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 527.00 427.14 1,096 -16.9%
2 Kyoto University, Japan 311.72 264.41 674 -13.0%
3 Osaka University, Japan 206.39 196.71 525 -2.2%
4 Tohoku University, Japan 194.63 175.48 438 -7.5%
5 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 140.83 138.03 361 0.5%
6 Nagoya University, Japan 148.32 132.62 350 -8.3%
7 Hokkaido University, Japan 119.43 118.32 261 1.6%
8 Kyushu University, Japan 92.77 113.98 334 26.0%
9 Keio University, Japan 56.86 68.69 158 23.9%
10 University of Tsukuba, Japan 57.71 61.92 249 10.1%
11 Chiba University, Japan 19.07 37.65 105 102.5%
12 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 39.97 31.10 125 -20.2%
13 Kobe University, Japan 27.67 30.21 149 12.0%
14 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 19.12 28.96 78 55.3%
15 Waseda University, Japan 31.25 26.51 139 -13.0%
16 Okayama University, Japan 35.13 25.76 147 -24.8%
17 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 22.12 20.02 33 -7.2%
18 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 20.80 18.82 65 -7.2%
19 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 12.96 17.47 45 38.2%
20 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 24.87 17.44 38 -28.1%
21 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 21.55 17.40 33 -17.2%
22 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 17.12 17.01 45 1.9%
23 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 15.36 16.82 53 12.3%
24 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 16.32 16.44 125 3.4%
25 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 17.41 15.51 46 -8.6%
26 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 15.54 15.45 113 2.0%
27 Ehime University, Japan 10.43 13.08 41 28.6%
28 Kumamoto University, Japan 18.21 13.03 44 -26.6%
29 Gunma University, Japan 11.38 11.40 31 2.8%
30 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 12.51 11.40 42 -6.5%
31 Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan 9.91 11.20 26 15.9%
32 Niigata University, Japan 14.31 11.07 53 -20.7%
33 Yamaguchi University, Japan 6.90 10.87 26 61.6%
34 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 5.99 10.85 98 85.6%
35 Yamagata University, Japan 19.24 10.70 35 -42.9%
36 Kindai University, Japan 4.47 10.55 23 142.4%
37 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 4.31 9.99 31 137.7%
38 Chuo University, Japan 6.43 9.99 21 59.3%
39 University of Hyogo, Japan 7.01 9.45 29 38.4%
40 Tokushima University, Japan 12.02 8.81 34 -24.8%
41 University of Toyama, Japan 13.00 8.47 32 -33.1%
42 Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan 5.13 8.18 26 63.7%
43 Gakushuin University, Japan 6.14 7.63 14 27.5%
44 Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan 6.60 7.37 18 14.6%
45 Nagasaki University, Japan 8.18 7.32 25 -8.1%
46 Nihon University, Japan 3.56 7.08 28 103.8%
47 The University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan 7.97 6.67 23 -14.2%
48 Nagoya City University, Japan 2.57 6.63 20 163.9%
49 Gifu University, Japan 7.69 6.53 24 -12.9%
50 University of Yamanashi, Japan 3.86 6.31 23 67.8%
51 Saitama University, Japan 10.87 5.85 35 -44.8%
52 Konan University, Japan 6.83 5.51 11 -17.2%
53 Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan 6.07 5.35 14 -9.5%
54 University of Fukui, Japan 5.02 5.31 20 8.3%
55 Chubu University, Japan 7.44 5.06 15 -30.2%
56 Shizuoka University, Japan 9.32 4.95 16 -45.6%
57 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 7.55 4.85 19 -34.0%
58 Saga University, Japan 4.78 4.73 12 1.5%
59 Rikkyo University, Japan 6.30 4.51 28 -26.5%
60 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 5.41 4.51 9 -14.6%
61 Akita University, Japan 1.93 4.48 12 138.7%
62 Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan 10.38 4.45 12 -56.0%
63 Shimane University, Japan 1.72 4.31 10 156.8%
64 Doshisha University, Japan 12.29 4.23 13 -64.7%
65 Juntendo University, Japan 4.56 4.00 25 -10.1%
66 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 5.99 3.97 19 -32.1%
67 Kochi University of Technology, Japan 1.75 3.95 9 131.3%
68 Tokushima Bunri University, Japan 3.21 3.87 12 23.6%
69 Tottori University, Japan 4.66 3.87 11 -14.8%
70 Kagoshima University, Japan 2.00 3.74 14 92.4%
71 Kagawa University, Japan 2.10 3.60 16 75.6%
72 Meijo University, Japan 6.00 3.49 25 -40.3%
73 Sophia University, Japan 1.04 3.46 12 240.3%
74 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan 3.16 3.35 12 8.9%
75 Nara Women's University (NWU), Japan 3.16 3.29 20 6.9%
76 Iwate Medical University, Japan 1.24 3.22 10 165.9%
77 Hirosaki University, Japan 3.09 3.15 15 4.4%
78 University of Shizuoka, Japan 8.99 3.09 9 -64.8%
79 Toho University, Japan 3.45 3.07 23 -8.6%
80 Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Japan 3.81 3.06 6 -17.6%
81 Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan 5.69 3.04 7 -45.3%
82 Kanagawa University, Japan 6.87 2.93 15 -56.3%
83 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 4.30 2.89 9 -31.1%
84 Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan 3.01 2.86 10 -2.7%
85 Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.09 2.85 4 3,115.6%
86 Ibaraki University, Japan 5.14 2.83 14 -43.5%
87 Gifu Pharmaceutical University (GPU), Japan 1.13 2.66 4 141.3%
88 Showa University, Japan 0.23 2.62 15 1,056.4%
89 Fukuoka University, Japan 1.73 2.58 12 52.7%
90 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 1.52 2.57 7 73.9%
91 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 3.50 2.46 14 -27.9%
92 Tokyo Medical University, Japan 1.62 2.45 13 55.3%
93 Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU), Japan 2.25 2.24 19 2.0%
94 Jichi Medical University, Japan 3.29 2.21 13 -30.9%
95 Asahikawa Medical University, Japan 1.46 2.20 5 54.5%
96 Kansai University, Japan 2.08 2.14 3 5.7%
97 Kochi University, Japan 2.86 2.07 12 -25.8%
98 Fukushima University, Japan 0.57 2.07 5 269.5%
99 Ryukoku University, Japan 1.22 2.05 6 71.4%
100 Meiji Gakuin University, Japan 0.01 2.01 3 29,794.6%
101 Musashino University, Japan 0.28 2.00 2 638.5%
101 Toin University of Yokohama, Japan 2.24 2.00 2 -8.5%
102 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.79 1.74 14 0.1%
103 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 2.00 1.74 9 -10.9%
104 Kogakuin University, Japan 0.90 1.65 12 88.9%
105 University of Miyazaki, Japan 1.03 1.61 16 60.2%
106 Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Japan 1.57 3 N/A
107 Meiji University, Japan 0.65 1.52 9 139.9%
108 Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University (TMPU), Japan 2.06 1.50 7 -25.3%
109 Mukogawa Women's University, Japan 1.44 3 N/A
110 Ochanomizu University, Japan 2.35 1.44 28 -37.3%
111 Mie University, Japan 7.43 1.44 6 -80.2%
112 Tokai University, Japan 2.48 1.43 13 -40.8%
113 Tokyo University of Technology (TUT), Japan 1.41 4 N/A
114 Tamagawa University, Japan 0.61 1.39 4 132.9%
115 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 3.18 1.37 16 -55.7%
116 Oita University, Japan 0.50 1.36 4 177.2%
117 Aichi University of Education, Japan 1.12 1.35 5 23.6%
118 Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan 2.50 1.31 4 -46.1%
119 Ishikawa Prefectural University, Japan 0.37 1.31 3 265.3%
120 Dokkyo Medical University, Japan 0.05 1.26 6 2,714.7%
121 Setsunan University, Japan 0.30 1.25 2 327.4%
121 National Defense Academy of Japan (NDA), Japan 1.03 1.25 2 24.3%
122 Teikyo University, Japan 1.24 1.24 5 2.6%
123 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 0.72 1.22 7 73.4%
124 Kawasaki Medical University, Japan 0.62 1.21 5 100.0%
125 Okayama University of Science, Japan 1.25 1.14 2 -6.2%
126 Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan 2.18 1.12 4 -47.4%
127 Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS), Japan 0.61 1.10 9 86.2%
128 Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK), Japan 0.25 1.09 2 347.6%
129 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), Japan 0.06 1.09 4 1,798.7%
130 Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), Japan 1.15 1.04 3 -7.9%
131 Toyama Prefectural University, Japan 2.55 1.03 4 -58.5%
132 The Open University of Japan, Japan 0.22 1.00 5 373.1%
133 Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan 0.28 0.94 8 244.8%
134 Fujita Health University, Japan 0.92 0.87 14 -3.3%
135 Nara Medical University, Japan 0.86 1 N/A
136 Tokyo Gakugei University (TGU), Japan 3.23 0.85 5 -72.8%
137 The United Nations University, Japan 0.00 0.82 6 65,260.6%
138 Utsunomiya University, Japan 1.72 0.78 4 -53.4%
139 Iwate University, Japan 1.40 0.74 5 -45.9%
140 Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology (N-BIO), Japan 0.57 0.73 7 31.4%
141 Sapporo Medical University, Japan 0.30 0.72 5 146.7%
142 Tokyo Denki University, Japan 0.41 0.69 4 71.9%
143 Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan 2.06 0.69 6 -65.9%
144 Rakuno Gakuen University (RGU), Japan 0.08 0.68 3 732.3%
145 Kyoto Women's University, Japan 0.64 3 N/A
146 Kurume University, Japan 1.17 0.62 5 -45.3%
147 Wakayama Medical University, Japan 1.61 0.59 8 -62.2%
148 Japan Women's University, Japan 0.79 0.57 5 -25.7%
149 National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College, Japan 0.66 0.56 4 -12.3%
150 Seikei Gakuen, Japan 1.19 0.55 3 -52.9%
151 Senshu University, Japan 0.53 2 N/A
152 National Institute of Technology, Kisarazu College, Japan 0.52 2 N/A
153 Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Japan 1.38 0.51 3 -61.7%
154 National Defense Medical College, Japan 0.08 0.51 3 542.4%
155 National Institute of Technology, Kurume College, Japan 0.03 0.50 1 1,541.1%
155 Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Japan 0.53 0.50 1 -2.3%
155 National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College, Japan 0.50 1 N/A
155 Matsuyama University, Japan 0.50 1 N/A
155 National Institute of Technology, Kushiro College, Japan 0.50 1 N/A
156 Osaka Medical College, Japan 0.33 0.48 4 46.8%
157 Fukui Prefectural University, Japan 0.32 0.46 3 47.7%
158 International University of Health and Welfare (IUHW), Japan 0.23 0.45 2 105.1%
159 Azabu University, Japan 1.18 0.45 2 -61.2%
160 Kansai Medical University (KMU), Japan 1.49 0.44 7 -69.7%
161 Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan 0.50 0.43 4 -12.2%
162 Sojo University, Japan 0.06 0.42 2 673.9%
163 Aichi Institute of Technology (AIT), Japan 0.21 0.41 4 96.3%
164 Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan 0.41 3 N/A
165 Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Japan 0.11 0.40 2 265.4%
166 St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan 1.30 0.39 4 -69.1%
167 Nippon Medical School, Japan 0.20 0.37 3 92.6%
168 Osaka Sangyo University, Japan 0.35 3 N/A
169 Daiichi University of Pharmacy (DUP), Japan 0.35 2 N/A
170 Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan 1.03 0.34 2 -65.7%
171 National Institute of Technology, Toyama College, Japan 1.40 0.33 2 -76.2%
171 Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan 0.33 2 N/A
172 Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries (GPI), Japan 0.23 0.32 1 38.8%
173 Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan 0.20 0.30 3 51.6%
174 Kanazawa Medical University, Japan 0.89 0.29 3 -66.2%
175 Okayama Prefectural University, Japan 0.29 2 N/A
176 Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan 1.17 0.29 2 -74.9%
177 University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Japan 0.28 0.26 4 -2.5%
178 National Institute of Technology, Ube College, Japan 0.25 1 N/A
179 Aichi Medical University, Japan 0.54 0.25 3 -52.4%
180 Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan 3.27 0.23 1 -92.8%
181 Showa Pharmaceutical University, Japan 1.69 0.22 5 -86.9%
182 Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan 0.03 0.22 73 639.9%
183 Kyorin University, Japan 0.11 0.21 3 99.3%
184 Tokyo City University, Japan 0.36 0.20 1 -43.2%
184 Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan 0.40 0.20 1 -48.7%
184 National Institute of Technology, Gunma College, Japan 0.20 1 N/A
184 Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences (TAU), Japan 0.20 1 N/A
184 National Institute of Technology, Tokuyama College, Japan 0.20 1 N/A
185 Hoshi University, Japan 0.98 0.19 2 -80.0%
186 National Institute of Technology, Ibaraki College, Japan 0.18 2 N/A
187 Nagasaki International University, Japan 0.30 0.17 2 -41.7%
188 Kansai University of Health Sciences, Japan 0.07 0.17 2 162.3%
189 National Institute of Technology, Tomakomai College, Japan 0.17 1 N/A
189 National Institute of Technology, Oita College, Japan 0.17 1 N/A
189 Akita Prefectural University, Japan 0.20 0.17 2 -14.5%
190 The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan 0.06 0.14 1 134.4%
190 The University of Aizu, Japan 0.38 0.14 1 -60.9%
190 Kyoto Tachibana University, Japan 0.14 1 N/A
190 Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Japan 0.14 1 N/A
190 National Institute of Technology, Gifu College, Japan 0.14 1 N/A
191 Hiroshima City University (HCU), Japan 0.16 0.13 2 -21.0%
191 Daito Bunka University, Japan 0.13 1 N/A
191 Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan 0.13 1 N/A
192 Matsumoto Dental University (MDU), Japan 0.09 0.12 2 34.6%
193 Osaka Ohtani University, Japan 0.37 0.11 2 -68.0%
194 Yasuda Women's University, Japan 0.15 0.10 1 -32.8%
194 Bunkyo University, Japan 0.31 0.10 1 -66.9%
194 Tokyo Keizai University, Japan 0.31 0.10 1 -66.9%
194 National Institute of Technology, Kure College, Japan 0.10 1 N/A
194 Tokoha University, Japan 0.10 1 N/A
195 National Institute of Technology, Matsue College, Japan 0.09 1 N/A
195 Tokai Gakuin University, Japan 0.09 1 N/A
196 Osaka Dental University, Japan 0.53 0.08 1 -84.0%
196 Hitotsubashi University, Japan 0.08 1 N/A
196 Niigata University of International and Information Studies (NUIS), Japan 0.08 1 N/A
196 Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan 0.05 0.08 1 88.4%
197 Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Japan 0.05 0.08 86 62.3%
198 National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College, Japan 0.36 0.08 1 -78.3%
198 Hosei University, Japan 0.80 0.08 1 -90.1%
199 Hyogo University of Health Sciences, Japan 0.11 0.07 1 -34.1%
199 National Institute of Technology, Okinawa College (NIT, Okinawa College), Japan 0.07 0.07 1 2.6%
200 National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College, Japan 0.07 1 N/A
201 Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences (NUPALS), Japan 0.20 0.06 1 -69.8%
201 National Institute of Technology, Kagawa College, Japan 0.06 1 N/A
202 Kyushu Dental University (KDU), Japan 0.12 0.05 1 -56.1%
203 Asahi University, Japan 0.06 0.05 1 -16.1%
203 Fukuoka Dental College, Japan 0.08 0.05 1 -39.4%
204 The Nippon Dental University, Japan 0.15 0.04 2 -73.2%
205 Tokyo Dental College, Japan 0.05 0.03 1 -24.8%
206 Suzuka University of Medical Science (SUMS), Japan 0.07 0.03 1 -57.3%
207 Kyoto University of Education, Japan 0.02 0.02 69 0.4%
208 Takarazuka University of Medical and Health Care, Japan 0.02 1 N/A
209 Social Life Science, Nagoya University, Japan 0.02 1 N/A
210 Miyagi University of Education, Japan 0.04 0.02 4 -54.2%
211 Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan 0.50 0.02 1 -96.3%
212 Ishinomaki Senshu University, Japan 0.01 1 N/A
213 Shizuoka University of Welfare, Japan 0.04 0.01 2 -66.1%
214 Tokyo Polytechnic University (TPU), Japan 0.01 0.01 1 2.0%
215 Kio University, Japan 0.01 1 N/A
216 Nihon Fukushi University, Japan 0.00 1 N/A
216 Nara University of Education, Japan 0.00 1 N/A

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