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 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 8.87 18.05 42 89.9%
2 University of Potsdam, Germany 9.63 15.80 49 53.1%
3 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 15.14 15.66 65 -3.4%
4 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 15.30 15.12 40 -7.8%
5 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 18.44 13.01 40 -34.2%
6 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 10.05 11.98 32 11.2%
7 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 12.66 11.54 50 -15.0%
8 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 8.81 10.54 39 11.6%
9 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 5.78 8.42 25 35.8%
10 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 8.65 8.32 21 -10.3%
11 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 6.11 7.84 33 19.8%
12 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 6.80 6.88 24 -5.6%
13 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 6.11 6.84 23 4.5%
14 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 2.15 6.10 20 165.3%
15 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 4.56 5.57 17 14.0%
16 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 5.32 5.14 24 -9.8%
17 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 6.44 5.05 16 -26.9%
18 University of Göttingen, Germany 7.31 5.01 17 -36.0%
19 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 6.89 4.82 31 -34.6%
20 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 4.23 3.82 7 -15.6%
21 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 2.83 3.78 19 24.6%
22 University of Oldenburg, Germany 5.13 3.51 14 -36.2%
23 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 1.76 3.08 8 63.0%
24 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 3.70 2.46 26 -37.8%
25 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 1.00 2.41 10 125.3%
26 University of Hohenheim, Germany 0.11 2.37 5 1,971.9%
27 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 5.36 2.28 8 -60.2%
28 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 1.98 2.26 17 6.8%
29 Leipzig University, Germany 2.30 2.10 21 -14.7%
30 University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 2.98 2.09 6 -34.6%
31 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 0.02 2.08 9 11,343.0%
32 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 3.96 2.03 8 -52.1%
33 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 0.17 1.46 6 717.7%
34 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 3.09 1.44 4 -56.5%
35 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 3.26 1.34 7 -61.7%
36 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 0.40 1.24 11 188.8%
37 Ulm University, Germany 0.06 1.23 7 1,966.1%
38 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 1.69 1.12 7 -37.9%
39 University of Wuppertal, Germany 0.67 1.07 2 48.3%
40 University of Stuttgart, Germany 0.64 1.06 7 53.3%
41 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 2.86 0.88 5 -71.2%
42 University of Rostock, Germany 0.48 0.82 4 57.7%
43 University of Augsburg, Germany 0.88 0.75 3 -20.3%
44 University of Greifswald, Germany 1.10 0.63 2 -47.1%
45 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 0.54 0.53 18 -7.0%
46 University of Konstanz, Germany 0.86 0.50 1 -45.5%
47 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 0.02 0.46 2 1,632.6%
48 Westphalian University of Applied Sciences (WH), Germany 0.40 3 N/A
49 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 0.29 1 N/A
50 Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNE Eberswalde), Germany 0.28 1 N/A
51 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 1.09 0.21 2 -81.9%
52 Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany 0.04 0.17 1 335.6%
52 Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
53 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.50 0.13 1 -76.7%
53 University of Lübeck, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
54 University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany 0.12 2 N/A
55 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 0.10 1 N/A
56 Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
57 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
58 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 0.07 0.07 1 -6.7%
59 Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (BTU), Germany 0.48 0.05 2 -89.6%

Footnote

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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.