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 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 195.53 210.47 562 10.7%
2 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 120.43 98.92 285 -15.5%
3 Osaka University, Japan 50.53 61.87 166 25.9%
4 Peking University (PKU), China 53.77 57.86 157 10.7%
5 RIKEN, Japan 60.14 54.97 193 -6.0%
6 Kyoto University, Japan 57.94 50.94 152 -9.6%
7 Tsinghua University, China 50.73 49.31 140 0.0%
8 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 52.98 44.63 171 -13.3%
9 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 25.32 42.87 126 74.2%
10 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 39.11 40.08 235 5.4%
11 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 47.45 38.53 194 -16.5%
12 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 35.63 37.23 101 7.5%
13 Monash University, Australia 34.27 34.97 146 5.0%
14 Fudan University, China 39.86 33.05 126 -14.7%
15 Kyushu University, Japan 19.72 32.63 78 70.2%
16 Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore 29.23 31.91 131 12.3%
17 Academia Sinica, Taiwan 27.12 31.58 86 19.8%
18 Hokkaido University, Japan 24.02 30.45 82 30.4%
19 People's Liberation Army (PLA), China 26.56 30.45 128 17.9%
20 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 25.89 30.16 107 19.8%
21 Nagoya University, Japan 31.23 29.39 76 -3.2%
22 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 25.70 26.43 91 5.8%
23 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 33.36 26.37 109 -18.7%
24 Tohoku University, Japan 20.15 25.83 71 31.9%
25 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 17.28 24.44 166 45.5%
26 Keio University, Japan 21.09 23.80 75 16.1%
27 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 18.78 21.73 73 19.0%
28 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 20.30 21.41 96 8.5%
29 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 14.40 21.36 61 52.6%
30 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 18.07 19.34 53 10.1%
31 National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing (NIBS), China 11.79 18.33 51 59.9%
32 University of Tsukuba, Japan 14.06 17.74 55 29.8%
33 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 9.91 16.45 57 70.7%
34 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 16.84 16.22 74 -0.9%
35 Yonsei University, South Korea 21.06 15.22 51 -25.6%
36 Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China 10.12 14.74 69 49.8%
37 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India 14.18 14.71 26 6.7%
38 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 11.90 14.29 53 23.5%
39 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 19.68 13.95 74 -27.1%
40 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Australia 12.92 13.78 65 9.7%
41 University of Otago, New Zealand 13.67 13.32 54 0.2%
42 Shandong University (SDU), China 13.09 13.28 48 4.4%
43 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India 13.33 13.16 25 1.6%
44 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 12.80 12.75 36 2.5%
45 Nanjing University (NJU), China 18.51 12.38 33 -31.2%
46 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 8.00 12.27 44 57.7%
47 Sichuan University (SCU), China 7.86 11.68 63 52.9%
48 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 11.84 11.49 14 -0.2%
49 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 15.50 11.48 56 -23.8%
50 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 13.65 11.46 39 -13.6%
51 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 13.20 11.18 47 -12.9%
52 Wuhan University (WHU), China 11.61 10.60 28 -6.0%
53 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 16.54 10.57 80 -34.2%
54 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 5.04 10.53 51 114.7%
55 Soochow University, China 9.25 10.05 33 11.7%
56 Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (IGAKUKEN), Japan 7.27 9.93 23 40.6%
57 Tongji University, China 9.85 9.91 41 3.5%
58 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan 6.05 9.46 45 60.9%
59 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 10.69 9.20 23 -11.5%
60 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 8.17 9.11 33 14.7%
61 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 6.45 9.10 38 45.3%
62 Chiba University, Japan 5.15 8.96 42 79.0%
63 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 10.57 8.83 45 -14.1%
64 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 9.68 8.67 30 -7.9%
65 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 13.42 8.39 45 -35.7%
66 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 6.50 8.30 37 31.4%
67 Nankai University (NKU), China 11.46 8.24 26 -26.0%
68 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 9.30 8.24 54 -8.9%
69 Kobe University, Japan 7.61 8.24 28 11.4%
70 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 9.01 8.20 33 -6.3%
71 Nanjing Medical University (NJMU), China 4.55 8.09 38 83.0%
72 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 8.53 8.01 40 -3.4%
73 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 7.09 7.82 31 13.4%
74 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 6.38 7.53 34 21.5%
75 Niigata University, Japan 3.31 7.28 31 126.0%
76 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 11.21 7.16 25 -34.3%
77 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 6.76 7.11 24 8.2%
78 Xiamen University (XMU), China 12.75 6.83 26 -44.9%
79 Southern Medical University (SMU), China 5.17 6.74 19 34.0%
80 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia 7.10 6.74 52 -2.4%
81 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 4.28 6.60 27 58.6%
82 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 6.60 6.57 48 2.5%
83 Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China 4.92 6.57 21 37.3%
84 The University of Auckland, New Zealand 8.48 6.54 49 -20.7%
85 Tianjin Medical University (TMU), China 7.87 6.33 29 -17.3%
86 Kumamoto University, Japan 9.45 6.26 25 -31.9%
87 La Trobe University, Australia 5.20 6.15 38 21.7%
88 Korea University, South Korea 8.94 6.08 22 -30.0%
89 Macquarie University, Australia 7.69 5.91 33 -21.0%
90 National Yang-Ming University (NYMU), Taiwan 6.47 5.82 29 -7.5%
91 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 3.07 5.81 11 94.8%
92 Bose Institute, India 2.42 5.62 8 139.0%
93 BGI, China 12.97 5.60 31 -55.6%
94 Okayama University, Japan 9.50 5.57 23 -39.6%
95 Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia 7.63 5.33 28 -28.2%
96 National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan 6.13 5.23 17 -12.3%
97 Gunma University, Japan 5.41 5.22 20 -0.8%
98 National Cancer Center (NCC), Japan 5.69 5.11 19 -7.5%
99 Central South University (CSU), China 4.42 5.08 36 18.3%
100 National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan 5.44 5.05 18 -4.4%

Footnote

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  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.