2017 tables: Institutions - physical 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 511.33 514.81 1,469 3.1%
2 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 223.53 167.80 523 -23.2%
3 Peking University (PKU), China 123.74 141.83 538 17.3%
4 Tsinghua University, China 117.99 136.19 573 18.1%
5 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.17 121.33 361 44.1%
6 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 94.00 108.24 381 17.9%
7 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 100.43 98.26 216 0.1%
8 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 87.65 97.01 226 13.3%
9 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 86.17 90.40 190 7.4%
10 Tohoku University, Japan 87.66 78.63 213 -8.2%
11 Soochow University, China 66.80 73.78 134 13.0%
12 Fudan University, China 79.62 71.81 182 -7.7%
13 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 86.16 70.74 230 -16.0%
14 Kyoto University, Japan 79.59 70.44 248 -9.4%
15 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.50 63.75 191 2.8%
16 RIKEN, Japan 69.77 58.44 229 -14.3%
17 Osaka University, Japan 49.07 56.39 221 17.6%
18 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 63.32 53.74 173 -13.1%
19 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 60.71 52.24 116 -11.9%
20 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 39.47 48.81 248 26.6%
21 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 52.02 48.56 175 -4.4%
22 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 37.48 48.24 121 31.7%
23 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 40.78 46.81 158 17.5%
24 Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India 36.83 44.39 147 23.4%
25 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 32.69 42.87 172 34.2%
26 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 27.22 41.00 245 54.2%
27 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.58 39.53 177 -5.0%
28 Beihang University (BUAA), China 28.45 39.26 132 41.2%
29 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 22.72 37.68 69 69.8%
30 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 48.59 37.44 129 -21.1%
31 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 48.16 37.27 146 -20.8%
32 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 33.86 35.88 104 8.5%
33 Nagoya University, Japan 36.48 35.73 155 0.2%
34 Nankai University (NKU), China 27.27 34.64 103 30.0%
35 Yonsei University, South Korea 40.98 33.34 95 -16.7%
36 Wuhan University (WHU), China 24.94 32.98 77 35.4%
37 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 35.13 32.75 55 -4.6%
38 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 40.51 32.73 72 -17.3%
39 Monash University, Australia 28.47 32.50 113 16.8%
40 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 38.60 31.47 73 -16.6%
41 Kyushu University, Japan 22.57 31.33 133 42.1%
42 Shandong University (SDU), China 23.18 30.71 149 35.6%
43 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 39.41 30.53 79 -20.7%
44 Southeast University (SEU), China 19.45 29.75 61 56.5%
45 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India 31.01 29.70 137 -2.0%
46 Xiamen University (XMU), China 11.82 29.12 59 152.2%
47 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 25.21 27.64 163 12.2%
48 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 10.66 27.57 56 164.7%
49 Keio University, Japan 15.17 26.55 49 79.1%
50 National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan 32.38 25.85 116 -18.3%
51 Jilin University (JLU), China 28.19 25.51 76 -7.4%
52 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 29.51 24.93 89 -13.5%
53 Korea University, South Korea 34.81 24.90 134 -26.8%
54 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 20.76 24.26 76 19.6%
55 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 12.91 24.23 57 92.1%
56 Tianjin University (TJU), China 25.64 24.04 84 -4.0%
57 Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore 26.87 23.89 90 -9.0%
58 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 19.27 22.51 88 19.6%
59 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 11.71 21.78 48 90.3%
60 National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan 24.40 21.12 60 -11.4%
61 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 16.79 20.90 55 27.4%
62 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 21.44 20.70 129 -1.2%
63 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 16.91 19.85 144 20.2%
64 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 17.41 18.77 48 10.4%
65 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 22.44 18.40 66 -16.1%
66 Hokkaido University, Japan 21.93 18.12 48 -15.4%
67 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 19.55 18.09 60 -5.3%
68 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 16.37 17.86 40 11.7%
69 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 20.56 17.64 114 -12.2%
70 University of Tsukuba, Japan 19.30 17.48 142 -7.3%
71 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 16.59 16.93 54 4.4%
72 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 17.92 16.57 52 -5.3%
73 Academia Sinica, Taiwan 18.90 16.12 188 -12.7%
74 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan 16.55 15.79 29 -2.4%
75 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 11.56 15.69 32 38.9%
76 High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan 19.95 15.67 149 -19.6%
77 Samsung Group, South Korea 17.67 15.30 56 -11.4%
78 Shanghai University (SHU), China 16.05 15.03 37 -4.1%
79 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 10.17 14.94 49 50.3%
80 Hunan University (HNU), China 4.57 14.09 33 215.3%
81 Sichuan University (SCU), China 16.30 14.05 40 -11.8%
82 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 13.86 13.88 92 2.5%
83 China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China 8.99 13.57 57 54.5%
84 Sogang University, South Korea 16.73 13.32 25 -18.5%
85 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 8.29 12.91 36 59.4%
86 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 13.44 12.79 68 -2.6%
87 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 17.73 12.38 77 -28.5%
88 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 7.35 11.75 39 63.7%
89 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 15.08 11.44 40 -22.4%
90 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 10.01 11.36 24 16.1%
91 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan 12.84 11.25 30 -10.3%
92 Shanxi University (SXU), China 5.16 11.17 41 121.6%
93 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 8.95 11.16 29 27.6%
94 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune (IISER Pune), India 3.34 11.06 75 239.0%
95 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 7.81 10.99 40 44.0%
96 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 4.89 10.59 24 121.6%
97 Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China 4.56 10.48 35 135.1%
98 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 5.11 10.39 34 108.1%
99 Waseda University, Japan 16.51 10.26 94 -36.4%
100 Chongqing University (CQU), China 20.56 10.21 42 -49.2%

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.