2017 tables: Institutions - physical 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 123.74 141.83 538 17.3%
2 Tsinghua University, China 117.99 136.19 573 18.1%
3 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.17 121.33 361 44.1%
4 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 94.00 108.24 381 17.9%
5 Soochow University, China 66.80 73.78 134 13.0%
6 Fudan University, China 79.62 71.81 182 -7.7%
7 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.50 63.75 191 2.8%
8 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 39.47 48.81 248 26.6%
9 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 37.48 48.24 121 31.7%
10 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 40.78 46.81 158 17.5%
11 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 27.22 41.00 245 54.2%
12 Beihang University (BUAA), China 28.45 39.26 132 41.2%
13 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 22.72 37.68 69 69.8%
14 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 33.86 35.88 104 8.5%
15 Nankai University (NKU), China 27.27 34.64 103 30.0%
16 Wuhan University (WHU), China 24.94 32.98 77 35.4%
17 Shandong University (SDU), China 23.18 30.71 149 35.6%
18 Southeast University (SEU), China 19.45 29.75 61 56.5%
19 Xiamen University (XMU), China 11.82 29.12 59 152.2%
20 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 10.66 27.57 56 164.7%
21 Jilin University (JLU), China 28.19 25.51 76 -7.4%
22 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 29.51 24.93 89 -13.5%
23 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 12.91 24.23 57 92.1%
24 Tianjin University (TJU), China 25.64 24.04 84 -4.0%
25 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 11.71 21.78 48 90.3%
26 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 16.79 20.90 55 27.4%
27 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 21.44 20.70 129 -1.2%
28 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 17.41 18.77 48 10.4%
29 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 19.55 18.09 60 -5.3%
30 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 20.56 17.64 114 -12.2%
31 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 16.59 16.93 54 4.4%
32 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 17.92 16.57 52 -5.3%
33 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 11.56 15.69 32 38.9%
34 Shanghai University (SHU), China 16.05 15.03 37 -4.1%
35 Hunan University (HNU), China 4.57 14.09 33 215.3%
36 Sichuan University (SCU), China 16.30 14.05 40 -11.8%
37 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 8.29 12.91 36 59.4%
38 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 7.35 11.75 39 63.7%
39 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 15.08 11.44 40 -22.4%
40 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 10.01 11.36 24 16.1%
41 Shanxi University (SXU), China 5.16 11.17 41 121.6%
42 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 8.95 11.16 29 27.6%
43 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 7.81 10.99 40 44.0%
44 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 4.89 10.59 24 121.6%
45 Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China 4.56 10.48 35 135.1%
46 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 5.11 10.39 34 108.1%
47 Chongqing University (CQU), China 20.56 10.21 42 -49.2%
48 Central South University (CSU), China 5.79 10.08 22 78.2%
49 North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China 6.23 9.78 19 60.6%
50 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 2.81 9.61 37 250.1%
51 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 3.95 9.38 26 143.2%
52 Tongji University, China 10.60 9.30 29 -10.2%
53 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 7.11 8.39 77 20.8%
54 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 11.02 7.91 22 -26.6%
55 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 9.38 7.43 26 -19.0%
56 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 5.40 7.20 13 36.3%
57 Xidian University, China 5.72 6.99 13 25.1%
58 Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China 1.99 6.87 17 254.1%
59 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 3.79 6.32 20 70.6%
60 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China 6.89 6.19 19 -8.0%
61 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 3.76 6.10 14 65.8%
62 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 2.97 5.96 13 105.4%
63 Donghua University (DHU), China 6.47 5.94 17 -6.0%
64 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 3.32 5.82 19 79.1%
65 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 1.30 5.69 23 347.0%
66 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 3.08 5.20 23 72.9%
67 Northeastern University (NEU), China 5.32 5.18 8 -0.2%
68 Air Force Engineering University, China 2.61 5.04 7 97.9%
69 Henan Normal University, China 6.09 5.01 21 -15.8%
70 Jinan University (JNU), China 1.88 4.84 12 163.8%
71 University of Jinan (UJN), China 0.93 4.27 9 367.8%
72 Henan University (HENU), China 2.84 4.11 9 48.4%
73 Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China 9.49 3.74 8 -59.7%
74 Jiangnan University, China 3.24 3.72 8 17.7%
75 Southwest University (SWU), China 4.80 3.55 9 -24.3%
76 Yanshan University (YSU), China 2.08 3.52 7 72.9%
77 Hunan Normal University (HUNNU), China 1.22 3.48 11 191.5%
78 Qingdao University (QU), China 1.91 3.41 10 82.5%
79 Nanchang University (NCU), China 4.33 3.36 10 -20.6%
80 Jiangsu University (JSU), China 4.21 3.14 9 -23.5%
81 Army Medical University, China 1.42 2.98 7 115.0%
82 ShanghaiTech University, China 2.23 2.94 18 34.7%
83 Taiyuan University of Technology (TYUT), China 3.58 2.91 7 -16.9%
84 Xiangtan University (XTU), China 5.12 2.87 6 -42.7%
85 Fuzhou University (FZU), China 5.61 2.79 9 -49.0%
86 Liaoning Normal University (LNNU), China 2.10 2.78 5 35.3%
87 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 2.28 2.74 12 22.7%
88 Hubei University (HUBU), China 1.44 2.67 11 90.2%
89 Hebei University (HBU), China 3.17 2.66 5 -14.2%
90 Tianjin Medical University (TMU), China 0.65 2.63 7 316.7%
91 Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT), China 1.35 2.38 9 80.4%
92 China University of Petroleum (CUP), China 1.56 2.32 8 52.4%
93 Harbin Engineering University (HEU), China 4.55 2.14 6 -52.0%
94 Guangzhou University (GU), China 2.13 3 N/A
95 Hebei Normal University, China 0.58 2.08 3 267.6%
96 South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China 2.00 6 N/A
97 Second Military Medical University (SMMU), China 0.41 1.96 6 388.6%
98 Ningbo University (NBU), China 3.92 1.93 7 -49.5%
99 Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), China 4.28 1.92 6 -54.0%
100 Changchun University of Technology (CCUT), China 0.05 1.92 4 3,822.8%

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.