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 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 140.63 147.56 431 -2.1%
2 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 108.53 109.73 727 -5.6%
3 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 86.99 84.32 241 -9.5%
4 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 29.03 43.91 136 41.2%
5 Max Planck Society, Germany 29.21 37.55 137 20.0%
6 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 31.65 35.53 113 4.8%
7 National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy 33.32 32.97 75 -7.6%
8 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 27.34 32.11 112 9.6%
9 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 32.81 31.15 125 -11.4%
10 Leibniz Association, Germany 31.33 29.05 110 -13.5%
11 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 24.85 29.03 127 9.1%
12 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 27.85 27.51 86 -7.8%
13 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 29.99 26.72 107 -16.8%
14 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 29.39 24.71 97 -21.5%
15 Stockholm University, Sweden 21.71 23.61 80 1.5%
16 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 19.46 23.43 320 12.4%
17 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 19.29 23.10 89 11.8%
18 Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark 21.69 21.17 50 -8.9%
19 University of Oslo (UiO), Norway 11.68 20.82 75 66.4%
20 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 16.72 20.64 74 15.2%
21 National Research Council (CNR), Italy 16.07 20.37 52 18.3%
22 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia 16.08 19.31 75 12.1%
23 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 15.45 18.35 48 10.9%
24 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 8.87 18.05 42 89.9%
25 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 20.56 16.26 60 -26.2%
26 University of Paris, France 25.55 16.20 100 -40.8%
27 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 9.96 16.09 49 50.8%
28 University of Potsdam, Germany 9.63 15.80 49 53.1%
29 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 13.19 15.72 71 11.3%
30 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 15.14 15.66 65 -3.4%
31 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 15.65 15.46 43 -7.8%
32 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 13.86 15.30 108 3.1%
33 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 21.44 15.14 84 -34.1%
34 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 15.30 15.12 40 -7.8%
35 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 13.60 14.75 69 1.2%
36 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 16.26 14.44 35 -17.1%
37 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 16.15 14.15 64 -18.3%
38 Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands 12.68 13.98 56 2.9%
39 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 9.23 13.89 39 40.5%
40 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 9.42 13.84 100 37.0%
41 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 17.79 13.02 54 -31.7%
42 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 10.87 12.79 49 9.8%
43 University of Helsinki, Finland 12.18 12.48 48 -4.4%
44 VU Amsterdam, Netherlands 8.45 12.41 31 37.1%
45 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 14.09 12.07 54 -20.1%
46 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 10.05 11.98 32 11.2%
47 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 12.66 11.54 50 -15.0%
48 Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland 6.68 11.48 37 60.3%
49 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.26 10.66 50 37.1%
50 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 8.81 10.54 39 11.6%
51 Sorbonne University, France 12.99 10.42 143 -25.1%
52 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 8.45 10.38 28 14.6%
53 University of Bergen (UIB), Norway 9.05 10.20 57 5.3%
54 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 8.85 10.18 47 7.3%
55 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 13.39 10.17 37 -29.1%
56 German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Germany 4.79 9.35 22 82.3%
57 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 6.47 9.28 87 33.9%
58 University of Barcelona (UB), Spain 7.20 8.87 29 14.9%
59 NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, Netherlands 7.94 8.83 35 3.8%
60 Aarhus University (AU), Denmark 9.64 8.79 39 -14.9%
61 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 5.67 8.52 31 40.4%
62 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 5.78 8.42 25 35.8%
63 University of Lyon, France 8.44 8.40 71 -7.1%
64 British Geological Survey (BGS), United Kingdom (UK) 7.99 8.36 33 -2.4%
65 Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic 6.47 8.35 24 20.5%
66 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 8.65 8.32 21 -10.3%
67 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 4.98 8.19 34 53.4%
68 Lund University (LU), Sweden 10.02 8.04 36 -25.1%
69 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 6.11 7.84 33 19.8%
70 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 6.03 7.71 55 19.3%
71 University of Lorraine (UL), France 7.67 7.62 45 -7.3%
72 Charles University (CU), Czech Republic 3.99 7.59 25 77.4%
73 Umeå University (UMU), Sweden 7.68 7.44 19 -9.5%
74 University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Norway 4.18 7.39 31 65.2%
75 University of Vienna, Austria 7.16 7.31 37 -4.8%
76 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden 7.70 7.26 30 -12.0%
77 University of Iceland, Iceland 8.10 7.23 28 -16.7%
78 University of Granada (UGR), Spain 4.11 7.18 16 63.0%
79 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 9.21 6.91 54 -30.0%
80 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 6.80 6.88 24 -5.6%
81 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 6.11 6.84 23 4.5%
82 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 3.75 6.73 27 67.5%
83 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 6.01 6.70 24 4.1%
84 University of Strasbourg, France 2.54 6.63 36 143.9%
85 France Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France 6.93 6.54 113 -12.0%
86 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 5.63 6.53 24 8.1%
87 University of Naples Federico II (UNINA), Italy 5.02 6.51 13 21.0%
88 Gustave Eiffel University, France 5.68 6.41 63 5.3%
89 Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austria 3.07 6.41 38 95.0%
90 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 5.97 6.39 61 -0.1%
91 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 3.91 6.38 28 52.3%
92 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 4.66 6.37 38 27.6%
93 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 3.92 6.35 26 51.3%
94 University Clermont Auvergne, France 6.17 6.16 53 -6.8%
95 Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Sweden 8.11 6.16 39 -29.2%
96 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden 6.31 6.11 33 -9.6%
97 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 2.15 6.10 20 165.3%
98 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 6.68 6.07 23 -15.2%
99 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway 5.29 5.89 17 3.8%
100 French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), France 6.76 5.85 45 -19.2%

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.