2017 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - 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 Peking University (PKU), China 44.16 53.49 195 13.1%
2 Nanjing University (NJU), China 41.85 51.14 151 14.1%
3 Tsinghua University, China 26.44 32.68 125 15.4%
4 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 21.57 31.78 75 37.5%
5 Tongji University, China 24.46 30.84 103 17.7%
6 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 16.20 30.49 66 75.6%
7 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 23.49 27.17 118 7.9%
8 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 17.19 22.37 43 21.5%
9 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 13.74 21.83 110 48.3%
10 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 15.25 16.84 38 3.1%
11 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 16.36 15.82 32 -9.7%
12 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 8.35 15.32 37 71.2%
13 Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China 16.25 14.33 54 -17.7%
14 Fudan University, China 5.97 13.32 27 108.3%
15 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 6.58 12.23 49 73.3%
16 Wuhan University (WHU), China 6.89 10.52 31 42.5%
17 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 5.88 9.74 14 54.8%
18 Nankai University (NKU), China 12.38 9.31 16 -29.8%
19 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 7.22 9.05 19 17.1%
20 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 7.60 8.29 32 1.8%
21 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 13.05 7.89 11 -43.6%
22 China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China 2.09 6.81 19 204.5%
23 Hohai University (HHU), China 1.55 6.56 14 296.2%
24 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 4.12 6.18 19 40.0%
25 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 5.72 5.57 12 -9.2%
26 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 3.01 5.07 15 57.5%
27 Shandong University (SDU), China 0.98 5.07 29 384.6%
28 Xiamen University (XMU), China 7.35 4.86 15 -38.3%
29 Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China 7.15 4.55 9 -40.6%
30 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 3.48 4.55 8 22.1%
31 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 0.78 4.33 10 419.6%
32 Hunan University (HNU), China 5.09 4.20 7 -23.0%
33 Beihang University (BUAA), China 3.70 4.16 15 4.9%
34 Beijing Forestry University (BFU), China 1.86 4.05 9 103.4%
35 Tianjin University (TJU), China 4.28 3.92 26 -14.3%
36 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 3.28 3.89 14 10.9%
37 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 1.92 3.55 18 72.7%
38 Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT), China 2.00 3.47 6 62.0%
39 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 1.19 3.47 9 172.9%
40 China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB), China 1.37 3.26 10 121.5%
41 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 3.01 6 N/A
42 Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), China 0.83 2.90 5 226.3%
43 Army Engineering University, China 0.51 2.70 5 388.7%
44 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 3.80 2.37 6 -41.9%
45 Jinan University (JNU), China 0.43 2.35 7 415.8%
46 Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China 2.26 2.32 6 -3.9%
47 Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China 1.25 2.24 8 66.8%
48 Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China 1.97 5 N/A
49 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 7.61 1.95 9 -76.0%
50 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 1.01 1.80 8 65.8%
51 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 0.36 1.69 7 334.8%
52 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 1.42 1.63 3 7.6%
53 Shanghai University of Electric Power, China 0.23 1.61 2 566.2%
54 Jiangsu University (JSU), China 1.60 3 N/A
55 Donghua University (DHU), China 1.14 1.58 4 29.3%
56 Sichuan University (SCU), China 0.39 1.57 5 271.9%
57 Central South University (CSU), China 2.81 1.56 4 -48.1%
58 Northwest University (NWU), China 0.59 1.55 8 143.3%
59 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 1.42 3 N/A
59 Hebei University of Science and Technology, China 1.42 3 N/A
60 Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU), China 1.38 5 N/A
61 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 1.47 1.37 3 -13.5%
62 Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China 1.36 5 N/A
63 Guangzhou University (GU), China 0.10 1.33 3 1,144.5%
64 Tiangong University (TGU), China 1.30 2 N/A
65 Jilin University (JLU), China 1.76 1.28 5 -32.1%
66 China University of Petroleum (CUP), China 1.93 1.27 3 -38.8%
66 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 1.33 1.27 2 -11.3%
67 Northeastern University (NEU), China 1.25 2 N/A
68 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 0.38 1.20 2 198.7%
69 North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China 1.70 1.20 6 -34.4%
70 Zhejiang Gongshang University (ZJGSU), China 0.95 1.15 4 13.0%
71 Hainan University (HU), China 1.14 2 N/A
72 Changsha University of Science and Technology (CSUST), China 0.73 1.12 4 42.9%
73 China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), China 0.10 1.10 5 929.0%
74 Soochow University, China 1.38 1.10 5 -25.5%
75 Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU), China 1.02 2 N/A
76 Zhejiang University of Water Resources and Electric Power (ZJWEU), China 0.08 1.00 1 1,020.1%
76 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 2.10 1.00 1 -55.6%
76 Heilongjiang University (HLJU), China 1.00 1 N/A
77 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 0.60 0.96 11 49.9%
78 Wuhan Textile University, China 0.40 0.95 1 121.7%
79 Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), China 0.48 0.91 2 77.4%
80 Dalian Maritime University, China 0.75 0.91 2 13.1%
81 Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU), China 1.35 0.90 1 -38.0%
82 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 1.48 0.86 3 -45.7%
83 Nanjing Forestry University (NFU), China 1.29 0.80 3 -42.3%
84 Chongqing University (CQU), China 0.49 0.79 5 50.3%
85 Jianghan University, China 1.02 0.78 7 -28.4%
86 Southwest University (SWU), China 1.02 0.78 5 -28.5%
87 Yunnan University (YNU), China 0.76 3 N/A
88 Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU), China 0.57 0.75 1 22.5%
88 Northwest Normal University (NWNU), China 0.70 0.75 1 0.0%
89 Shandong First Medical University and Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences (SFMU), China 0.73 1 N/A
90 Geomatics College, SDUST, China 0.73 1 N/A
91 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 1.12 0.73 2 -39.5%
92 Chongqing Technology and Business University (CTBU), China 0.50 0.71 1 33.3%
93 Inner Mongolia University, China 0.09 0.70 1 615.6%
94 Yangzhou University (YZU), China 0.17 0.68 2 280.0%
95 Qingdao University of Technology (QUT), China 0.08 0.67 1 646.7%
96 Chengdu University of Information Technology (CUIT), China 0.46 0.65 6 32.4%
97 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 0.01 0.60 4 3,964.3%
98 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 0.07 0.60 3 684.1%
98 Nanchang Hangkong University (NCHU), China 0.14 0.60 1 292.0%
98 Henan University of Technology (HAUT), China 0.60 1 N/A
99 Ningbo University (NBU), China 0.13 0.54 2 304.5%
100 Shandong Jianzhu University, China 0.13 0.52 3 285.8%

Footnote

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.