2017 tables: Institutions - life 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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 120.43 98.92 285 -15.5%
2 Osaka University, Japan 50.53 61.87 166 25.9%
3 RIKEN, Japan 60.14 54.97 193 -6.0%
4 Kyoto University, Japan 57.94 50.94 152 -9.6%
5 Kyushu University, Japan 19.72 32.63 78 70.2%
6 Hokkaido University, Japan 24.02 30.45 82 30.4%
7 Nagoya University, Japan 31.23 29.39 76 -3.2%
8 Tohoku University, Japan 20.15 25.83 71 31.9%
9 Keio University, Japan 21.09 23.80 75 16.1%
10 University of Tsukuba, Japan 14.06 17.74 55 29.8%
11 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 8.00 12.27 44 57.7%
12 Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (IGAKUKEN), Japan 7.27 9.93 23 40.6%
13 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan 6.05 9.46 45 60.9%
14 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 6.45 9.10 38 45.3%
15 Chiba University, Japan 5.15 8.96 42 79.0%
16 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 13.42 8.39 45 -35.7%
17 Kobe University, Japan 7.61 8.24 28 11.4%
18 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 9.01 8.20 33 -6.3%
19 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 7.09 7.82 31 13.4%
20 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 6.38 7.53 34 21.5%
21 Niigata University, Japan 3.31 7.28 31 126.0%
22 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 6.76 7.11 24 8.2%
23 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 4.28 6.60 27 58.6%
24 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 6.60 6.57 48 2.5%
25 Kumamoto University, Japan 9.45 6.26 25 -31.9%
26 Okayama University, Japan 9.50 5.57 23 -39.6%
27 Gunma University, Japan 5.41 5.22 20 -0.8%
28 National Cancer Center (NCC), Japan 5.69 5.11 19 -7.5%
29 National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan 5.44 5.05 18 -4.4%
30 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 4.72 4.75 19 3.6%
31 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 1.32 4.48 24 250.6%
32 Nagoya City University, Japan 2.09 4.34 13 113.9%
33 University of Hyogo, Japan 1.52 4.29 9 190.0%
34 Tokushima University, Japan 6.43 4.17 23 -33.3%
35 Juntendo University, Japan 3.33 4.00 25 23.6%
36 Nagasaki University, Japan 0.88 3.76 17 340.3%
37 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 2.60 3.67 15 45.3%
38 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 5.14 3.45 9 -31.0%
39 National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), Japan 1.20 3.41 13 191.8%
40 National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Japan 0.50 3.38 8 594.7%
41 University of Toyama, Japan 4.94 2.92 19 -39.2%
42 Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (JFCR), Japan 1.03 2.90 9 188.9%
43 Nihon University, Japan 0.65 2.85 12 354.8%
44 Iwate Medical University, Japan 1.04 2.79 8 175.5%
45 Ehime University, Japan 3.78 2.76 11 -24.9%
46 Tottori University, Japan 1.48 2.59 7 79.7%
47 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 1.52 2.57 7 74.4%
48 Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Japan 0.83 2.47 9 204.8%
49 Tokyo Medical University, Japan 1.62 2.45 13 55.7%
50 Saitama University, Japan 3.21 2.43 16 -22.0%
51 Akita University, Japan 0.77 2.40 6 222.3%
52 Jichi Medical University, Japan 3.29 2.21 13 -30.7%
53 Doshisha University, Japan 4.64 2.17 7 -51.8%
54 National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan 4.22 2.16 9 -47.2%
55 National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD), Japan 1.68 2.12 9 30.1%
56 Yamaguchi University, Japan 1.74 2.08 8 22.9%
57 Waseda University, Japan 3.13 2.02 14 -33.7%
58 Sosei Co., Ltd., Japan 2.00 2 N/A
59 Kagoshima University, Japan 0.86 1.99 6 139.1%
60 Kagawa University, Japan 1.37 1.91 10 43.5%
61 Gakushuin University, Japan 0.15 1.89 3 1,165.7%
62 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 3.93 1.80 12 -52.8%
63 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 0.32 1.80 3 473.5%
64 Asahikawa Medical University, Japan 1.46 1.80 2 26.6%
65 Kindai University, Japan 0.44 1.74 6 307.4%
66 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 1.86 1.74 9 -4.2%
67 Kazusa DNA Research Institute (KDRI), Japan 0.35 1.70 14 393.4%
68 Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU), Japan 1.85 1.63 14 -9.3%
69 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.79 1.60 12 -8.0%
70 Eisai Co., Ltd., Japan 0.25 1.56 6 541.2%
71 National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (NRCD), Japan 1.55 2 N/A
72 Kochi University, Japan 0.64 1.54 8 148.9%
73 Showa University, Japan 0.05 1.53 13 3,037.1%
74 Gifu University, Japan 0.52 1.49 6 197.2%
75 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 3.03 1.47 7 -50.0%
76 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 1.05 1.46 7 43.5%
77 National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan 3.23 1.42 15 -54.7%
78 Fukuoka University, Japan 0.86 1.39 4 67.1%
79 Tamagawa University, Japan 0.53 1.39 4 170.5%
80 National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG), Japan 0.64 1.36 8 119.9%
81 National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN), Japan 2.24 1.35 7 -37.8%
82 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 2.17 1.33 15 -36.9%
83 Institute of Microbial Chemistry (IMC), Japan 1.44 1.33 3 -4.9%
84 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 2.20 1.33 4 -37.9%
85 Ishikawa Prefectural University, Japan 0.21 1.31 3 527.5%
86 Rikkyo University, Japan 0.82 1.31 4 63.5%
87 University of Yamanashi, Japan 2.38 1.30 10 -44.1%
88 Toho University, Japan 1.35 1.27 8 -3.7%
89 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 2.45 1.26 8 -47.1%
90 University of Miyazaki, Japan 0.71 1.25 7 81.7%
91 Teikyo University, Japan 1.12 1.24 5 14.4%
92 National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Japan 4.90 1.23 8 -74.2%
93 Shimane University, Japan 0.77 1.23 5 63.5%
94 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 0.72 1.22 7 73.9%
95 Kawasaki Medical University, Japan 0.22 1.21 5 466.9%
96 Saga University, Japan 1.17 1.17 3 2.3%
97 National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), Japan 0.55 1.14 5 115.4%
98 Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (TMIG), Japan 1.17 1.13 6 -0.2%
99 Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University (TMPU), Japan 1.73 1.10 5 -34.2%
100 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 3.68 1.10 5 -69.1%

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.