2017 tables: Institutions - life 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 Toronto (U of T), Canada 164.25 146.34 400 -8.3%
2 McGill University, Canada 98.41 89.94 258 -6.0%
3 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 67.23 58.06 155 -11.2%
4 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 36.35 38.75 147 9.7%
5 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 25.03 26.27 80 8.0%
6 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 24.72 23.18 69 -3.6%
7 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 23.35 18.69 59 -17.7%
8 Western University (UWO), Canada 11.48 17.00 47 52.4%
9 McMaster University, Canada 14.74 15.09 40 5.3%
10 Laval University (UL), Canada 19.06 14.15 65 -23.6%
11 University of Guelph, Canada 10.92 13.17 28 24.0%
12 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 6.62 9.03 35 40.4%
13 Dalhousie University, Canada 10.81 8.89 29 -15.4%
14 Queen's University, Canada 14.09 8.57 29 -37.4%
15 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 5.93 7.73 23 34.2%
16 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 11.97 6.12 28 -47.4%
17 University of Lethbridge, Canada 2.35 3.99 7 74.6%
18 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 3.90 3.97 31 4.8%
19 York University, Canada 7.32 3.97 14 -44.2%
20 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 9.61 2.96 7 -68.4%
21 University of Manitoba, Canada 4.39 2.88 15 -32.5%
22 Concordia University, Canada 2.32 2.72 19 20.4%
23 University of Waterloo, Canada 2.63 2.34 11 -8.4%
24 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 2.12 1.88 3 -8.9%
25 University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Canada 0.07 1.15 6 1,500.6%
26 Ryerson University, Canada 0.90 0.88 1 0.0%
27 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada 1.34 0.82 3 -37.1%
28 Lakehead University, Canada 1.34 0.77 3 -41.2%
29 Brock University, Canada 1.00 0.75 3 -22.8%
30 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Canada 0.61 0.71 8 20.2%
31 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 1.77 0.68 14 -60.3%
32 Mount Allison University, Canada 0.58 0.50 1 -11.8%
33 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 2.59 0.35 6 -86.2%
34 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Canada 0.33 1 N/A
35 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Canada 1.07 0.32 3 -69.2%
36 Carleton University, Canada 0.24 0.31 2 35.1%
37 Cape Breton University (CBU), Canada 0.17 0.20 1 23.4%
37 Seneca College, Canada 0.20 1 N/A
37 Douglas College, Canada 0.20 1 N/A
38 Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Canada 0.09 0.18 3 105.7%
39 University of Regina, Canada 0.32 0.17 3 -44.3%
40 Laurentian University, Canada 0.35 0.15 2 -55.4%
41 St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Canada 0.08 0.14 1 76.3%
42 Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (CLL), Canada 0.02 0.13 3 805.3%
43 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada 0.13 1 N/A
44 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 0.19 0.11 4 -40.0%
45 Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada 0.09 0.10 3 11.4%
45 TÉLUQ University, Canada 0.09 0.10 3 11.4%
46 Algoma University, Canada 0.09 1 N/A
47 University of Winnipeg, Canada 0.50 0.09 3 -82.6%
48 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 0.78 0.08 2 -89.7%
49 École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Canada 0.06 0.03 3 -43.4%
50 Vancouver Island University (VIU), Canada 0.03 1 N/A
51 Trent University, Canada 0.31 0.03 1 -91.3%
52 Bishop's University, Canada 0.03 2 N/A
53 University of Moncton, Canada 0.14 0.02 2 -84.3%
54 OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada 0.03 0.02 1 -44.5%

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.
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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.