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 University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 20.38 25.78 168 29.5%
2 National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina 13.12 16.74 147 30.5%
3 São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil 18.75 12.01 100 -34.5%
4 Brazil Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Brazil 8.50 9.92 141 19.5%
5 University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina 8.38 9.64 100 17.7%
6 Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil 6.45 8.56 76 35.7%
7 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 5.26 7.76 73 51.1%
8 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil 6.23 7.31 130 20.1%
9 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Chile 6.89 6.91 134 2.7%
10 Center for Scientific Studies (CECs), Chile 6.87 5.98 12 -10.9%
11 University of Chile, Chile 7.89 5.57 58 -27.7%
12 Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil 5.22 5.42 19 6.2%
13 National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina 7.53 4.94 89 -32.9%
14 National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), Argentina 3.46 4.88 20 44.3%
15 Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil 4.68 4.17 8 -8.9%
16 Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM), Chile 3.04 4.03 93 35.8%
17 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil 3.15 3.57 16 16.0%
18 University of Antioquia (UdeA), Colombia 2.68 3.40 7 30.1%
19 University of Santiago, Chile (Usach), Chile 2.07 3.24 13 60.3%
20 Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), Brazil 3.33 3.12 6 -4.1%
21 Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil 2.60 3.11 7 22.6%
22 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 3.86 3.09 6 -18.1%
23 Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile 2.57 3.04 9 21.1%
24 Los Andes University, Colombia 3.54 2.98 60 -14.0%
25 Brazil Ministry of Defense (DEFESA), Brazil 0.40 2.97 6 667.1%
26 University of Valparaíso (UV), Chile 4.73 2.78 32 -39.9%
27 Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 0.73 2.69 7 274.8%
28 Andres Bello University (UNAB), Chile 5.01 2.64 32 -46.1%
29 University of Concepción (UdeC), Chile 5.35 2.41 37 -54.0%
30 Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil 0.29 2.22 4 691.1%
31 National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentina 2.46 2.01 11 -16.3%
32 Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil 0.35 2.00 10 480.8%
33 National University of Colombia (UNAL), Colombia 0.96 1.96 35 108.6%
34 Diego Portales University (UDP), Chile 2.94 1.94 17 -32.6%
35 Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), Brazil 1.30 1.93 5 52.3%
36 Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil 3.52 1.91 56 -44.6%
37 National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), Argentina 0.88 1.88 16 118.2%
38 Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil 2.71 1.74 7 -34.5%
39 Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), Brazil 1.73 4 N/A
40 State University of Londrina (UEL), Brazil 1.67 4 N/A
41 São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil 2.46 1.61 27 -33.0%
42 Universidad de los Andes (UANDES), Chile 0.04 1.50 2 4,045.3%
43 Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil 1.39 4 N/A
44 Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil 2.47 1.34 5 -44.5%
45 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil 1.10 1.31 36 21.8%
46 Universidad Santiago de Cali (USC), Colombia 1.29 5 N/A
47 Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI), Chile 2.90 1.27 5 -55.4%
48 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil 1.25 1.25 4 2.7%
49 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil 1.44 1.23 7 -12.8%
50 Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil 0.11 1.17 3 979.1%
51 Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil 0.31 1.15 3 282.0%
52 Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), Brazil 1.50 1.14 4 -22.0%
53 National University of Mar Del Plata (UNMdP), Argentina 0.71 1.12 4 61.7%
54 Mackenzie Presbyterian University (UPM), Brazil 0.44 1.05 5 144.6%
55 University of La Serena (ULS), Chile 1.17 1.03 6 -9.7%
56 Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil 0.88 1.03 71 20.2%
57 Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Brazil 0.04 1.00 1 2,356.5%
57 University of Atlántico (UA), Colombia 1.00 1 N/A
57 University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), Peru 1.00 1 N/A
58 National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Chile 0.58 0.99 17 75.1%
59 Austral University of Chile (UACh), Chile 0.17 0.99 5 507.0%
60 National University of General San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina 0.46 0.96 7 111.6%
61 Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), Brazil 0.60 0.92 3 56.4%
62 University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil 0.96 0.83 2 -11.0%
62 University of Valle, Colombia 0.83 2 N/A
63 Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela 0.77 3 N/A
64 Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Brazil 0.25 0.75 2 207.1%
64 University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay 4.33 0.75 2 -82.3%
65 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 0.80 0.70 3 -10.4%
66 State University of Maringá (UEM), Brazil 0.93 0.57 1 -37.0%
67 Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil 1.02 0.52 3 -47.9%
68 Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Brazil 0.17 0.50 1 207.1%
68 Ceará State University (UECE), Brazil 0.50 1 N/A
68 University of the Frontier (UFRO), Chile 0.50 1 N/A
69 Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 0.75 0.45 6 -38.7%
70 Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA), Brazil 0.08 0.43 2 432.2%
71 Brazil Ministry of Education (MEC), Brazil 0.10 0.35 3 269.9%
72 Temuco Catholic University, Chile 0.25 0.33 1 36.5%
72 Nueva Granada Military University (UMNG), Colombia 0.33 1 N/A
72 Universidad San Sebastián (USS), Chile 0.33 1 N/A
73 Yachay Tech University, Ecuador 0.02 0.33 3 1,374.4%
74 National University of Northwestern Buenos Aires (UNNOBA), Argentina 0.31 2 N/A
75 Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador 0.02 0.26 17 1,303.4%
76 Laboratório Interinstitucional de e-Astronomia (LIneA), Brazil 0.20 0.25 9 32.1%
77 Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFET), Brazil 0.10 0.25 1 155.9%
77 Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia do Maranhão (IFMA), Brazil 0.17 0.25 1 49.8%
77 Brazil Ministry of Justice, Brazil 0.25 0.25 1 2.4%
77 University of Bío-Bío (UBB), Chile 1.13 0.25 1 -77.3%
77 Federal Rural University of the Amazon (UFRA), Brazil 0.25 1 N/A
78 Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina 0.63 0.24 7 -60.5%
79 Brazil Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Brazil 0.29 0.21 1 -24.8%
80 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil 0.25 0.19 2 -21.8%
81 Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Colombia 0.60 0.18 68 -68.9%
82 Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC), Brazil 0.18 1 N/A
83 Catholic University of the North (UCN), Chile 0.58 0.17 1 -70.8%
83 Colégio Pedro II (CPII), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
83 Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
83 Planetary Skin Institute (PSI), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
83 National Centre for Monitoring and Warning of Natural Disasters (CAMADEN), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
83 Instituto Nacional de Altos Estudos (INAE), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
84 Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Peru 0.37 0.16 20 -55.2%
85 Industrial University of Santander (UIS), Colombia 0.00 0.16 4 15,402.7%
86 Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC), Brazil 0.18 0.13 4 -25.9%
87 Universidad de San Buenaventura, Colombia 0.13 1 N/A
87 State University of Paraíba (UEPB), Brazil 0.13 1 N/A
87 Faculdade Meridional (IMED), Brazil 0.13 1 N/A
87 National University of Río Negro (UNRN), Argentina 0.13 1 N/A
87 Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Colombia 0.13 1 N/A
88 National University of Engineering (UNI), Peru 0.06 0.12 5 121.9%
89 Universidad del Norte, Colombia 0.17 0.11 1 -31.8%
89 Centro Universitário UNINOVAFAPI, Brazil 0.11 1 N/A
90 Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil 0.01 0.10 3 1,451.3%
91 Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo (IFES), Brazil 0.45 0.09 1 -79.3%
92 Isaac Newton Institute of Chile in Estern Europe and Eurasia (INI), Chile 0.39 0.08 1 -78.1%
92 Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas (CIC), Argentina 0.08 1 N/A
92 Technological University of Pereira (UTP), Colombia 0.08 1 N/A
93 University of Antofagasta, Chile 0.19 0.07 2 -61.4%
94 National Polytechnic School (EPN), Ecuador 0.16 0.07 1 -58.1%
95 Pierre Auger Observatory, Argentina 0.04 0.05 3 25.0%
96 Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ), Brazil 0.05 0.04 69 -16.7%
97 Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil 0.04 1 N/A
98 Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear (CCHEN), Chile 0.03 0.04 1 23.6%
99 National Technological University (UTN), Argentina 0.09 0.03 3 -72.3%
100 Ministerio de Educación de la Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina 0.01 1 N/A

Footnote

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