2018 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - 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 Nanjing University (NJU), China 51.14 58.80 169 20.4%
2 Peking University (PKU), China 53.49 45.00 179 -11.9%
3 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 54.87 44.95 112 -14.2%
4 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 21.83 38.36 186 84.0%
5 Tsinghua University, China 32.68 35.62 99 14.1%
6 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 31.78 35.08 77 15.5%
7 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 30.49 32.15 79 10.4%
8 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 40.05 31.77 86 -17.0%
9 Tongji University, China 30.84 30.25 101 2.7%
10 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 31.30 28.06 86 -6.2%
11 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 27.17 25.43 105 -2.0%
12 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 25.82 24.61 60 -0.2%
13 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 27.43 24.26 85 -7.4%
14 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 16.84 23.17 46 44.0%
15 Hokkaido University, Japan 15.76 22.02 54 46.3%
16 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 22.37 21.83 48 2.1%
17 Tohoku University, Japan 23.03 19.19 53 -12.8%
18 Fudan University, China 13.32 18.46 33 45.0%
19 Wuhan University (WHU), China 10.52 18.35 41 82.5%
20 Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China 14.33 16.57 70 21.0%
21 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 10.11 15.82 41 63.8%
22 Curtin University, Australia 20.41 15.66 52 -19.7%
23 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 15.32 15.31 45 4.7%
24 Kyoto University, Japan 14.51 15.22 51 9.8%
25 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 12.23 14.60 55 24.9%
26 Monash University, Australia 22.18 14.28 64 -32.6%
27 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 9.05 14.13 30 63.4%
28 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 14.56 13.87 36 -0.3%
29 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 12.47 13.86 46 16.3%
30 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 8.29 13.84 60 74.9%
31 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 15.82 13.44 36 -11.0%
32 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 12.38 11.82 26 -0.1%
33 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 7.72 11.65 53 57.9%
34 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 5.57 11.12 21 108.9%
35 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 10.70 10.95 69 7.2%
36 Victoria University of Wellington (Victoria), New Zealand 7.35 10.58 26 50.7%
37 Nagoya University, Japan 17.59 10.44 33 -37.8%
38 Macquarie University, Australia 8.54 10.15 40 24.4%
39 Hohai University (HHU), China 6.56 10.15 26 61.9%
40 University of Otago, New Zealand 4.65 9.94 28 123.9%
41 Shandong University (SDU), China 5.07 9.85 59 103.6%
42 Nankai University (NKU), China 9.31 8.95 16 0.6%
43 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 7.89 8.77 16 16.4%
44 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 9.74 8.56 13 -8.0%
45 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 11.15 8.17 24 -23.3%
46 Xiamen University (XMU), China 4.86 8.14 16 75.4%
47 China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China 6.81 7.95 21 22.3%
48 Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China 4.55 7.79 15 79.1%
49 The University of Auckland, New Zealand 3.75 7.46 24 108.6%
50 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 6.18 7.42 27 25.7%
51 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 3.89 7.37 25 98.2%
52 Griffith University, Australia 4.39 7.00 32 66.6%
53 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 1.95 6.86 15 267.5%
54 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 11.53 6.78 26 -38.4%
55 Jinan University (JNU), China 2.35 6.59 21 193.6%
56 Hunan University (HNU), China 4.20 6.29 10 57.0%
57 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 3.39 5.88 13 81.8%
58 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 1.00 5.74 7 501.3%
59 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 3.47 5.65 13 70.3%
60 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan 2.68 5.62 12 119.2%
61 Ehime University, Japan 3.32 5.48 15 72.5%
62 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 7.66 5.41 23 -26.0%
63 Kyushu University, Japan 5.04 5.29 20 9.7%
64 Yonsei University, South Korea 4.48 5.16 12 20.6%
65 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 4.98 5.12 11 7.6%
66 Kobe University, Japan 3.56 4.74 13 39.4%
67 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 3.55 4.51 19 32.9%
68 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 3.01 4.38 8 52.2%
69 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 6.27 4.17 11 -30.4%
70 China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB), China 3.26 4.04 11 29.6%
71 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 4.21 3.99 14 -0.8%
72 Beihang University (BUAA), China 4.16 3.95 15 -0.6%
73 Tianjin University (TJU), China 3.92 3.94 54 5.2%
74 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 3.41 3.88 8 19.1%
75 Donghua University (DHU), China 1.58 3.85 5 154.3%
76 North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China 1.20 3.81 11 233.4%
77 National Central University (NCU), Taiwan 3.52 3.77 14 12.1%
78 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 2.37 3.72 8 64.7%
79 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 1.80 3.67 11 114.1%
80 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 0.60 3.63 22 528.3%
81 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 4.33 3.53 15 -14.6%
82 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 4.55 3.48 5 -19.9%
83 Soochow University, China 1.10 3.40 9 224.1%
84 Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT), China 3.47 3.38 5 2.0%
85 Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China 2.24 3.35 12 56.6%
86 University of Tsukuba, Japan 4.66 3.21 12 -28.0%
87 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 5.07 3.19 15 -34.1%
88 Shanghai University (SHU), China 0.17 3.16 5 1,884.0%
89 University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand 4.44 2.99 19 -29.5%
90 Central South University (CSU), China 1.56 2.97 9 98.7%
91 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 2.50 2.93 9 22.7%
92 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), India 1.22 2.92 5 150.4%
93 Sejong University, South Korea 3.03 2.85 5 -1.7%
94 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 0.82 2.82 6 259.9%
95 Okayama University, Japan 4.42 2.76 13 -34.6%
96 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 0.86 2.76 8 235.4%
97 Jiangnan University, China 2.68 6 N/A
98 Western Sydney University, Australia 3.33 2.66 15 -16.4%
99 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 2.77 2.58 5 -2.7%
100 Konkuk University, South Korea 0.50 2.51 5 425.4%

Footnote

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  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.