2017 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 South African National Space Agency (SANSA), South Africa 0.33 1.45 3 306.0%
4 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 2.84 1.12 8 -63.3%
5 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 0.38 0.91 6 122.3%
6 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 0.53 0.69 5 23.1%
7 University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Zimbabwe 0.67 1 N/A
8 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 0.62 2 N/A
9 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.24 0.60 8 133.4%
10 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa 0.62 0.51 3 -23.5%
11 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.09 0.51 4 415.9%
12 North-West University (NWU), South Africa 0.65 0.50 1 -28.6%
13 Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP), Kenya 0.47 2 N/A
14 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.08 0.46 3 413.4%
15 Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, Botswana 0.44 2 N/A
16 International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon 0.41 1 N/A
17 Kuruman River Reserve, South Africa 0.39 1 N/A
18 National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Kenya 0.19 0.38 1 82.6%
19 Constantine 1 University, Algeria 0.33 1 N/A
19 Durban University of Technology (DUT), South Africa 0.33 1 N/A
19 Bushveld Chrome Resources, South Africa 0.33 1 N/A
19 Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe 0.33 1 N/A
20 Nambibia Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Namibia 0.29 0.33 2 6.2%
21 University of Nairobi, Kenya 0.32 3 N/A
22 South African Weather Service (SAWS), South Africa 0.48 0.31 2 -39.0%
23 University of Gabès, Tunisia 0.36 0.29 1 -25.3%
24 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 0.74 0.28 4 -64.7%
25 National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), Egypt 0.41 0.26 3 -40.0%
26 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 0.58 0.25 1 -60.0%
26 Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt 0.25 1 N/A
26 South African Military Health Service (SAMHS), South Africa 0.25 1 N/A
26 National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), South Africa 0.25 1 N/A
26 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.25 1 N/A
26 Geological Survey Department, Malawi 0.25 1 N/A
27 International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya 0.19 0.23 1 17.6%
28 Délégation Générale à la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (DGRST-Congo), Congo 0.20 1 N/A
29 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 0.35 0.19 4 -49.8%
30 Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI), Mauritius 0.17 1 N/A
30 Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (UAE), Morocco 0.01 0.17 1 1,642.4%
30 Assiut University, Egypt 0.52 0.17 1 -69.9%
30 Research Institute of Health Sciences (IRSS), Burkina Faso 0.17 1 N/A
31 Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT), Eritrea 0.16 2 N/A
32 African Parks, South Africa 0.14 1 N/A
32 Zambia Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia 0.14 1 N/A
32 Ngurdoto Defluoridation Research Station, Tanzania 0.14 1 N/A
32 Ministère des Mines, De I'Energie et de I'Eau, Benin 0.14 1 N/A
32 Al Fashir University, Sudan 0.14 1 N/A
32 Institute of Rural Economy (IER), Mali 0.14 1 N/A
33 ARMSCOR, Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd., South Africa 0.13 1 N/A
33 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.13 1 N/A
33 Geological Survey Department, Zambia 0.13 1 N/A
33 Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique 0.13 1 N/A
33 Arta Geophysical Observatory (OGA), Djibouti 0.13 1 N/A
34 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.03 0.12 2 340.0%
35 World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya 0.12 3 N/A
36 Landmark University (LMU), Nigeria 0.11 1 N/A
37 Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil (SNPC), Cape Verde 0.10 1 N/A
37 University of Cape Verde (UniCV), Cape Verde 0.10 1 N/A
38 Republic of Guinea Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MES-RS), Guinea 0.10 1 N/A
38 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.10 1 N/A
38 Nigeria Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST), Nigeria 0.10 1 N/A
38 Beni-Suef University (BSU), Egypt 0.10 1 N/A
38 Hawassa University (HU), Ethiopia 0.10 1 N/A
38 Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria 0.10 1 N/A
39 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.08 0.09 1 10.3%
40 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.13 0.08 1 -37.8%
40 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.08 1 N/A
40 Benin Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS), Benin 0.08 1 N/A
40 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.08 1 N/A
40 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.06 0.08 1 24.5%
40 Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (USMBA), Morocco 0.08 1 N/A
41 Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda 0.08 2 N/A
42 University of Carthage (UCAR), Tunisia 0.07 1 N/A
42 Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa 0.07 1 N/A
43 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria 0.07 1 N/A
44 Save the Elephants, Kenya 0.06 1 N/A
44 KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB), South Africa 0.06 1 N/A
45 Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa 0.06 2 N/A
45 University of Fort Hare (UFH), South Africa 0.06 2 N/A
45 University of Venda (UNIVEN), South Africa 0.06 2 N/A
46 NRF South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), South Africa 0.17 0.05 1 -72.0%
47 Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), South Africa 0.03 0.03 1 -6.7%
47 South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa 0.07 0.03 1 -62.7%
47 Société d'exploitation du Parc de Lékédi (SODEPAL), Gabon 0.03 1 N/A
48 Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania 0.19 0.03 1 -87.2%
49 Research Institute for Tropical Ecology (IRET), Gabon 0.02 2 N/A
50 Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Tanzania 0.02 0.01 1 -38.6%
50 Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa 0.01 1 N/A
50 National Museum of Tanzania, Tanzania 0.01 1 N/A
50 Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Tanzania 0.01 1 N/A
51 National Forestry Authority (NFA), Uganda 0.01 1 N/A
51 Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania 0.01 1 N/A
51 College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Tanzania 0.01 1 N/A
52 Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), Cameroon 0.14 0.01 1 -96.1%
52 Ministère de l’Education Nationale et de l’Education Civique, Gabon 0.01 1 N/A

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.