2017 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - academic

Table criteria

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

2016 Institution FC 2015 FC 2016
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 224.8 235.99
2 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 227.48 223.28
3 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 175.53 184.24
4 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 223.25 168.52
5 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 169.84 162.3
6 Peking University (PKU), China 123.74 141.49
7 Tsinghua University, China 117.99 136.19
8 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 130.09 126.58
9 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 138 124.99
10 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 125.51 123.35
11 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.16 121.33
12 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 110.85 109.1
13 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 93.68 108.33
14 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 102.45 103.78
15 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 103.43 100.45
16 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 117.36 98.56
17 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 108.35 98.44
18 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 100.43 97.52
19 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 86.9 96.84
20 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 90.61 95.26
21 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 108.38 92.52
22 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 107.8 91.56
23 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), United States of America (USA) 105.38 90.76
24 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 86.17 90.4
25 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 84.77 84.79
26 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 87.39 80.18
27 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 80.29 79.67
28 Tohoku University, Japan 87.66 78.56
29 Soochow University, China 66.8 74.22
30 Fudan University, China 79.62 71.81
31 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 73.71 71.04
32 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 81.47 71
33 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 86.16 70.74
34 Kyoto University, Japan 79.59 70.38
35 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 90.3 69.59
36 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 62.37 69.46
37 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 74.81 67.23
38 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 56.63 67.12
39 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 71.73 66.39
40 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA) 86.9 65.11
41 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 60.98 63.83
42 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.5 63.75
43 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 54.12 62.86
44 Rice University, United States of America (USA) 69.11 60.18
45 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 61.09 59.69
46 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 69.18 58.1
47 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 41.69 57.64
48 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 61.84 57.12
49 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 60.79 56.62
50 Osaka University, Japan 49.07 56.44
51 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 54.3 55.84
52 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), Israel 54.15 54.69
53 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 59.18 54.64
54 Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) - Paris 6, France 55.68 53.26
55 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 41.45 52.76
56 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 60.69 52.24
57 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 44.26 50.25
58 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 39.46 48.81
59 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 52.02 48.56
60 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 42.29 48.5
61 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), India 62.57 48.42
62 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 37.47 48.24
63 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia 31.23 47.94
64 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 61.1 47.72
65 University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK) 51.42 47.68
66 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 40.78 46.81
67 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 43.94 46.5
68 Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain 36.1 45.89
69 Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India 36.83 44.39
70 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 41.47 44.04
71 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 42.6 43.55
72 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 43.68 43.5
73 University of Paris Sud (UPSud), France 39.61 41.43
74 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 47.61 40.82
75 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 24.14 39.69
76 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 33.47 39.59
77 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.58 39.53
78 Beihang University (BUAA), China 28.45 39.26
79 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 42.07 38.32
80 University of Würzburg, Germany 45.49 38.2
81 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 22.74 37.68
82 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 48.59 37.44
83 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 48.16 37.27
84 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 43.41 37.19
85 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 44.79 36.44
86 Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands 23.36 36.23
87 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 33.72 35.86
88 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), United States of America (USA) 29.88 35.74
89 Nagoya University, Japan 36.48 35.73
90 Aalto University, Finland 38.94 35.5
91 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 36.76 34.97
92 University of Waterloo, Canada 40.16 34.7
93 Nankai University (NKU), China 27.27 34.64
94 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 30.79 33.94
95 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 32.37 33.76
96 University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands 26.7 33.71
97 Lund University (LU), Sweden 40.58 33.64
98 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 29.71 33.46
99 Yonsei University, South Korea 40.98 33.34
100 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 24.24 33.2

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*The change in adjusted FC accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. FC values have been adjusted to 2018 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.