2017 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - corporate

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 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan 16.55 15.79 29 -2.4%
2 Samsung Group, South Korea 17.67 15.30 56 -11.4%
3 Toyota Group, Japan 4.64 7.62 13 68.2%
4 Toshiba Corporation, Japan 5.50 7.30 13 35.9%
5 Hitachi, Ltd., Japan 5.01 4.03 17 -17.7%
6 FiberHome Technologies Group, China 3.72 3.37 27 -7.4%
7 China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), China 4.01 2.99 27 -23.6%
8 JEOL Ltd., Japan 1.18 2.68 8 131.2%
9 Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Japan 1.95 2.66 4 40.0%
10 LG Corporation, South Korea 0.37 2.24 6 515.8%
11 Foxconn Technology Group, Taiwan 1.72 2.10 12 24.9%
12 GNS Science, New Zealand 0.63 1.87 10 204.6%
13 China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China 1.83 1.41 5 -21.0%
14 Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan 1.79 1.40 5 -20.0%
15 NEC Corporation, Japan 0.60 1.36 7 132.9%
16 Panasonic Corporation, Japan 1.88 1.35 5 -26.5%
17 Tamura Corporation, Japan 0.70 1.27 5 85.2%
18 Fujitsu Ltd., Japan 1.17 1.25 2 9.7%
19 Shanghai Jiahua Poly Battery Technology Co., Ltd., China 1.23 3 N/A
20 Mitsubishi Group, Japan 2.60 1.22 5 -52.1%
21 Sinopec Corporation, China 0.18 1.20 6 564.6%
22 Wuhan Second Ship Design and Research Institute, China 1.00 1 N/A
22 Hestia Power Inc., Taiwan 1.00 1 N/A
23 Sony Corporation, Japan 1.00 0.98 3 0.1%
24 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan 0.86 2 N/A
25 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., China 1.28 0.85 52 -32.2%
26 China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China 1.29 0.65 9 -48.2%
27 State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), China 0.24 0.65 6 175.2%
28 Alibaba Group Holding Limited, China 0.65 9 N/A
29 Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China 0.61 3 N/A
30 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Japan 1.41 0.56 14 -59.0%
31 JNC Corporation, Japan 0.56 1 N/A
32 Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), Japan 0.76 0.50 3 -32.9%
33 Nippon Sheet Glass Group (NSG Group), Japan 0.49 4 N/A
33 Tata Group, India 0.49 4 N/A
34 Korea Photonics Technology Institute (KOPTI), South Korea 0.09 0.48 3 436.1%
35 Beijing Research Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Technology (BRIMET), China 0.44 1 N/A
36 China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (CSG), China 0.33 0.39 2 19.4%
37 Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Japan 0.39 3 N/A
38 Nissan Chemical Corporation, Japan 0.33 0.38 1 15.1%
39 Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry, China 0.36 2 N/A
40 SK holdings, South Korea 0.33 0.36 1 9.7%
41 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Japan 0.25 0.35 2 44.9%
42 FujiFilm Corporation, Japan 0.04 0.34 3 796.6%
43 Horiba, Ltd., Japan 0.11 0.33 1 207.1%
43 AGC Inc., Japan 0.33 1 N/A
43 Shamash Australia Pty Ltd., Australia 0.33 1 N/A
43 Koorogi, LLC, Japan 0.33 1 N/A
44 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), Taiwan 0.23 0.33 14 46.3%
45 Hanwha Group, South Korea 0.31 2 N/A
46 EBARA Corporation, Japan 0.30 1 N/A
47 Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Japan 0.14 0.29 2 109.0%
47 SIP Dongcheng Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., China 0.29 2 N/A
48 Gigaphoton, Inc., Japan 0.49 0.29 1 -40.9%
48 Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), Australia 0.29 1 N/A
48 Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), Australia 0.29 1 N/A
48 Nice Sun PV Co., Ltd., China 0.29 1 N/A
49 InnoTherapy, Inc., South Korea 0.52 0.28 1 -45.7%
50 United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Taiwan 0.47 0.27 1 -40.9%
50 Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Japan 0.50 0.27 1 -44.2%

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.