2017 tables: Institutions - Nature & Science

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 Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 17.04 19.74 81 17.5%
2 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 17.54 15.09 61 -12.8%
3 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 14.45 14.65 30 2.8%
4 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 5.18 9.37 25 83.5%
5 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 11.24 5.72 38 -48.4%
6 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 5.48 4.39 37 -18.8%
7 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 4.06 4.32 23 7.7%
8 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 5.84 3.87 15 -32.7%
9 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 3.98 2.75 20 -29.9%
10 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 5.75 2.68 10 -52.7%
11 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.39 2.35 12 508.5%
12 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.25 2.06 18 -7.5%
13 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 0.61 2.01 9 231.2%
14 John Innes Centre (JIC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.97 6 N/A
15 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 1.12 1.96 15 76.8%
16 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.54 1.93 3 261.9%
17 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 1.07 1.91 14 80.6%
18 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.11 1.80 7 -13.5%
19 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1.66 7 564.8%
20 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.75 1.64 8 -5.3%
21 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 3.13 1.32 13 -57.2%
22 Babraham Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 1.10 2 1,127.0%
23 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 1.78 1.08 7 -38.5%
24 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.23 1.07 6 379.2%
25 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1.05 7 225.7%
26 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 2.00 0.88 10 -55.3%
27 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 1.23 0.86 4 -29.2%
28 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 1.49 0.85 8 -41.9%
29 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 1.06 0.84 5 -19.7%
30 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.52 0.82 10 -45.0%
31 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 1.59 0.77 7 -50.6%
32 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.68 0.74 3 10.0%
33 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 0.63 0.71 3 14.6%
34 University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.23 0.61 3 169.1%
35 Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.60 9 366.0%
36 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 0.60 2 114.7%
37 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 0.83 0.58 2 -28.8%
38 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 1.33 0.55 4 -58.0%
39 The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.51 2 N/A
40 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.50 2 3,994.4%
41 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.47 3 3,345.5%
42 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 0.44 8 1,605.6%
43 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.34 2 564.3%
44 Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.16 0.34 12 -70.2%
45 GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.51 0.34 2 -33.0%
46 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 2 N/A
47 Public Health England (PHE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.33 4 150.0%
48 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 0.32 3 442.1%
49 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 3.38 0.32 5 -90.4%
50 National Physical Laboratory (NPL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 1 N/A
51 Cancer Research UK (CRUK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.64 0.32 7 -49.8%
52 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 3 N/A
53 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.25 4 2,564.1%
54 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 0.22 2 19.6%
55 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.53 0.22 2 -58.8%
56 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 0.99 0.21 4 -78.0%
57 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 0.54 0.21 5 -59.5%
58 Vernalis plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.19 1 N/A
59 Kymab Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 1 N/A
60 Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 1 N/A
61 The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NUTH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.18 2 1,759.9%
62 The Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Gatsby), United Kingdom (UK) 0.16 2 N/A
63 Earlham Institute (EI), United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.15 1 812.7%
64 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.23 0.15 2 -87.6%
65 International Centre for Life (ICFL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
66 The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.14 1 798.2%
66 University of Greenwich, United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
66 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
67 Motac Neuroscience Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
68 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.39 0.13 3 -90.6%
69 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.55 0.13 6 -76.5%
70 British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 2 N/A
71 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 0.42 0.12 1 -71.3%
72 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 0.11 2 -17.1%
73 United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 0.11 1 12.7%
73 Moredun Foundation, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
73 Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
73 Johnson Matthey (JM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
73 Capita plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
74 BirdLife International, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 0.10 2 -36.7%
75 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1 N/A
76 International Growth Centre (IGC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1 N/A
77 Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1 N/A
78 NHS Lothian, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 0.09 5 -53.1%
79 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 0.09 3 61.7%
80 Coventry University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 2 N/A
81 NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
81 Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
82 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 0.08 1 -7.8%
83 Harper Adams University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 1 N/A
84 St George's, University of London (SGUL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.07 2 325.9%
85 University of Hertfordshire (UH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.19 0.06 1 -66.0%
86 University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 2 N/A
87 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 0.06 3 -80.8%
88 The Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1 N/A
88 SLR Consulting Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1 N/A
89 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.24 0.05 2 -76.5%
90 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 0.57 0.05 3 -91.0%
91 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.04 4 276.4%
92 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.55 0.04 4 -91.9%
93 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1 N/A
94 Square Kilometre Array (SKA Organisation), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 0.04 2 43.8%
95 Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.04 2 159.0%
96 Barts Health NHS Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1 N/A
96 Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1 N/A
97 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.23 0.03 1 -85.2%
97 Earth Trust Centre, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
97 Forest Research, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
97 Writtle University College, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
97 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 Butterfly Conservation, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 Futtie Park, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 The Woodland Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
99 University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.03 3 214.2%
100 Public Health Wales, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 2 N/A

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.