2018 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

Table criteria

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

2017 Institution FC 2016 FC 2017
1 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 610.22 612.01
2 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 236.22 271.97
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 208.5 200.16
4 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 193.05 175.03
5 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 165.91 172.73
6 University of California San Francisco (UCSF), United States of America (USA) 193.93 172.07
7 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 143.62 169.26
8 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 157.43 168.36
9 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 193.18 165.79
10 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 152.71 152.75
11 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 143.41 151.06
12 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 168.34 149.93
13 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 122.44 147.51
14 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 147.06 144.92
15 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA) 113.71 139.62
16 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 130.34 138.22
17 University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 144.57 136.21
18 University College London (UCL), United Kingdom (UK) 130.03 124.85
19 New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA) 115.75 121.28
20 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 135.97 120.37
21 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 129.23 116.03
22 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 91.71 102.14
23 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 139.64 101.24
24 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 96.62 100.68
25 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 98.78 99.8
26 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 100.45 99.57
27 The Rockefeller University, United States of America (USA) 91.3 96.37
28 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 100.12 93.17
29 Peking University (PKU), China 58.95 88.11
30 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 72.1 85.2
31 Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA) 88.28 82.63
32 Vanderbilt University (VU), United States of America (USA) 82.31 82.17
33 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 62.81 81.97
34 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 57.74 74.72
35 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States of America (USA) 87.8 74.55
36 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), United States of America (USA) 94.63 74.4
37 McGill University, Canada 90.95 73.4
38 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 86.37 73.1
39 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 79.75 72.86
40 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 90.68 72.71
41 University of California Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 64.98 71.11
42 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 54.86 70.58
43 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 67.92 67.98
44 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 70.21 66.61
45 Emory University, United States of America (USA) 67.5 65.35
46 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 67.1 63.27
47 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), MSHS, United States of America (USA) 70.36 61.81
48 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 64.71 58.71
49 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 45.48 58.49
50 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 62.64 57.83
51 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 41.89 57.61
52 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 49.97 57.54
53 Tsinghua University (TH), China 50.93 56.68
54 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 65.1 55.87
55 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 56.54 55.8
56 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 46.37 55.56
57 Kyoto University, Japan 53.68 55.33
58 University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 44.57 52.26
59 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 54.45 51.31
60 University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass Medical School), United States of America (USA) 54.84 50.83
61 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 59.61 50.35
62 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 48.67 50.25
63 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 39 49.55
64 Fudan University, China 32.84 47.52
65 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 44.18 47.18
66 Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), United States of America (USA) 47.93 47.14
67 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), United States of America (USA) 46.58 46.99
68 University of California Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 52.43 46.77
69 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 58.18 46.54
70 Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA) 50.58 45.98
71 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 42.89 45.46
72 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 34.19 43.88
73 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 50.61 43.83
74 University of Cincinnati (UC), United States of America (USA) 43.88 43.67
75 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 30.74 43.14
76 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 44.08 43.05
77 Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), United States of America (USA) 50.89 42.72
78 Osaka University, Japan 61.16 42.3
79 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 41.3 42.25
80 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 32.12 41.67
81 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 37.23 40.88
82 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), United States of America (USA) 53.21 40.04
83 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 42.49 39.95
84 University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA) 32.32 39.91
85 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 38.95 39.62
86 The University of Iowa (UI), United States of America (USA) 47.44 39.02
87 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 38.11 38.82
88 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 32.3 38.42
89 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 40.96 37.59
90 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 24.69 37.31
91 Monash University, Australia 35.6 37.08
92 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 39.1 36.91
93 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 38.45 36.54
94 Michigan State University (MSU), United States of America (USA) 33.02 36.21
95 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden 32.29 35.25
96 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 31.13 35.02
97 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 24.99 34.46
98 University of Rochester (UR), United States of America (USA) 30.59 33.75
99 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 38.67 33.58
100 The University of Georgia (UGA), United States of America (USA) 36.65 32.49

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. It is important for users to understand that the data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, that they cover the natural sciences only and that outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output). We encourage users to combine the free-to-access Nature Index data with information from other sources.

The tables were last updated on 7 June 2018 with the most recent institution and article corrections.

*The change in adjusted FC accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. FC values have been adjusted to 2017 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.

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