2018 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2016 Share 2017 Count 2017 Change in Adjusted Share 2016-2017*
1 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 355.01 385.07 959 6.9%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 234.26 208.06 577 -12.5%
3 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 144.15 129.89 595 -11.2%
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 116.98 111.41 396 -6.1%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 102.61 108.56 319 4.3%
6 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 66.98 64.11 315 -5.7%
7 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 50.47 55.34 199 8.1%
8 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 18.01 23.96 97 31.2%
9 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 7.02 9.94 94 39.5%
10 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 3.95 8.25 29 106.0%
11 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 5.63 5.54 18 -3.0%
12 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 4.58 2.83 5 -39.0%
13 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 1.25 2.28 5 80.0%
14 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.33 1.98 9 498.5%
15 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.41 0.72 3 75.1%
16 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.25 0.69 3 171.2%
17 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.25 0.33 3 30.1%
18 School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland 0.13 0.17 1 31.4%
18 University of Lucerne (UNILU), Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
19 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 1.00 0.15 3 -85.4%
20 Gymnase de Renens, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
21 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%

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.