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 University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 1.74 6.32 26 239.5%
2 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 3.01 1.63 10 -49.3%
3 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 2.84 1.12 8 -63.3%
4 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 0.38 0.91 6 122.3%
5 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 0.53 0.69 5 23.1%
6 University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Zimbabwe 0.67 1 N/A
7 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 0.62 2 N/A
8 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.24 0.60 8 133.4%
9 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.09 0.51 4 415.9%
10 North-West University (NWU), South Africa 0.65 0.50 1 -28.6%
11 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.08 0.46 3 413.4%
12 Constantine 1 University, Algeria 0.33 1 N/A
12 Durban University of Technology (DUT), South Africa 0.33 1 N/A
12 Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe 0.33 1 N/A
13 University of Nairobi, Kenya 0.32 3 N/A
14 University of Gabès, Tunisia 0.36 0.29 1 -25.3%
15 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 0.74 0.28 4 -64.7%
16 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 0.58 0.25 1 -60.0%
16 Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt 0.25 1 N/A
16 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.25 1 N/A
17 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 0.35 0.19 4 -49.8%
18 Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (UAE), Morocco 0.01 0.17 1 1,642.4%
18 Assiut University, Egypt 0.52 0.17 1 -69.9%
19 Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT), Eritrea 0.16 2 N/A
20 Al Fashir University, Sudan 0.14 1 N/A
21 ARMSCOR, Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd., South Africa 0.13 1 N/A
21 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.13 1 N/A
21 Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique 0.13 1 N/A
22 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.03 0.12 2 340.0%
23 Landmark University (LMU), Nigeria 0.11 1 N/A
24 University of Cape Verde (UniCV), Cape Verde 0.10 1 N/A
25 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.10 1 N/A
25 Beni-Suef University (BSU), Egypt 0.10 1 N/A
25 Hawassa University (HU), Ethiopia 0.10 1 N/A
25 Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria 0.10 1 N/A
26 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.08 0.09 1 10.3%
27 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.13 0.08 1 -37.8%
27 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.08 1 N/A
27 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.08 1 N/A
27 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.06 0.08 1 24.5%
27 Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (USMBA), Morocco 0.08 1 N/A
28 Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda 0.08 2 N/A
29 University of Carthage (UCAR), Tunisia 0.07 1 N/A
29 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa 0.07 1 N/A
30 University of Fort Hare (UFH), South Africa 0.06 2 N/A
30 University of Venda (UNIVEN), South Africa 0.06 2 N/A
31 College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Tanzania 0.01 1 N/A

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  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.
  3. Nature Index recognizes that many other factors must be taken into account when considering research quality and institutional performance; Nature Index metrics alone should not be used to assess institutions or individuals.
  4. Nature Index data and methods are transparent and available under a creative commons licence at natureindex.com.

The Nature Index database undergoes regular updating, corrections, adjustment of institutional hierarchies, and removal of retracted papers and thus the live website can differ from the frozen annual tables.

*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.