2018 tables: Institutions - life 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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 98.92 94.07 257 -6.8%
2 Kyoto University, Japan 50.94 57.24 161 10.1%
3 Osaka University, Japan 61.87 43.40 130 -31.3%
4 Kyushu University, Japan 32.63 29.20 83 -12.3%
5 Nagoya University, Japan 29.39 25.88 78 -13.7%
6 Tohoku University, Japan 25.83 22.52 70 -14.6%
7 Hokkaido University, Japan 30.45 22.13 66 -28.8%
8 Keio University, Japan 23.80 15.94 59 -34.4%
9 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 8.20 12.81 33 52.9%
10 Kobe University, Japan 8.24 9.52 31 13.3%
11 University of Tsukuba, Japan 17.74 9.20 45 -49.2%
12 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 12.27 8.86 35 -29.3%
13 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 9.10 8.50 33 -8.6%
14 Okayama University, Japan 5.57 8.21 26 44.2%
15 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 6.60 7.92 24 17.6%
16 Chiba University, Japan 8.96 7.52 31 -17.8%
17 Kumamoto University, Japan 6.26 7.10 22 11.2%
18 Gunma University, Japan 5.22 6.16 23 15.6%
19 Niigata University, Japan 7.28 5.62 23 -24.3%
20 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 6.57 5.52 44 -17.8%
21 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 4.75 4.40 18 -9.2%
22 Juntendo University, Japan 4.00 4.26 19 4.4%
23 University of Toyama, Japan 2.92 4.06 11 36.2%
24 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 7.53 3.95 25 -48.6%
25 Waseda University, Japan 2.02 3.85 19 86.9%
26 Nagoya City University, Japan 4.34 3.58 16 -19.2%
27 Tokushima University, Japan 4.17 3.12 17 -26.8%
28 University of Shizuoka, Japan 0.52 3.12 10 491.2%
29 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 7.11 3.11 12 -57.1%
30 Yamaguchi University, Japan 2.08 2.89 10 35.8%
31 University of Miyazaki, Japan 1.25 2.81 13 120.1%
32 Doshisha University, Japan 2.17 2.70 9 21.6%
33 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 1.80 2.52 9 36.8%
34 Nippon Medical School, Japan 0.37 2.44 6 542.5%
35 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 1.47 2.31 9 53.4%
36 Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU), Japan 1.63 2.17 10 30.1%
37 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 4.48 2.09 16 -54.3%
38 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 3.45 2.03 9 -42.4%
39 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 1.33 2.02 8 49.3%
40 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 0.32 2.01 4 507.0%
41 Nihon University, Japan 2.85 1.96 8 -32.7%
42 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 1.33 1.89 12 39.2%
43 Tamagawa University, Japan 1.39 1.81 4 27.9%
44 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 3.67 1.80 8 -51.8%
45 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.60 1.78 9 9.1%
46 Gakushuin University, Japan 1.89 1.76 3 -8.8%
47 Akita University, Japan 2.40 1.75 5 -28.6%
48 Kochi University, Japan 1.54 1.72 8 9.3%
49 Ehime University, Japan 2.76 1.67 11 -40.8%
50 University of Hyogo, Japan 4.29 1.66 9 -62.1%
51 Kurume University, Japan 0.62 1.64 6 157.5%
52 Gifu Pharmaceutical University (GPU), Japan 0.66 1.63 3 142.8%
53 Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS), Japan 1.10 1.60 11 42.6%
54 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 1.10 1.60 6 41.7%
55 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 1.26 1.57 10 22.0%
56 Nagasaki University, Japan 3.76 1.50 18 -60.9%
57 Asahikawa Medical University, Japan 1.80 1.48 5 -19.7%
58 Hirosaki University, Japan 0.33 1.47 7 339.5%
59 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 1.22 1.46 6 17.0%
60 Kagoshima University, Japan 1.99 1.36 5 -32.9%
61 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 1.74 1.35 11 -24.0%
62 University of Yamanashi, Japan 1.30 1.32 7 -0.3%
63 Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.23 1.27 3 440.3%
64 Tottori University, Japan 2.59 1.25 3 -52.5%
65 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 0.63 1.22 9 89.6%
66 Sapporo Medical University, Japan 0.62 1.19 4 87.7%
67 Jichi Medical University, Japan 2.21 1.16 8 -48.6%
68 Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan 0.75 1.10 2 43.7%
69 Utsunomiya University, Japan 0.15 1.05 2 588.3%
70 Azabu University, Japan 0.45 1.01 5 121.9%
71 Ochanomizu University, Japan 0.50 1.01 5 95.6%
72 Saitama University, Japan 2.43 0.99 8 -60.2%
73 Showa Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.20 0.97 4 378.6%
74 Fujita Health University, Japan 0.72 0.95 9 28.9%
75 Shizuoka University, Japan 1.08 0.91 5 -18.1%
76 Konan University, Japan 0.51 0.90 3 70.8%
77 Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan 0.63 0.85 4 32.4%
78 Kagawa University, Japan 1.91 0.81 5 -58.3%
79 Tokyo Gakugei University (TGU), Japan 0.13 0.80 1 527.0%
79 Okayama University of Science, Japan 0.80 1 N/A
80 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 2.57 0.80 4 -69.6%
81 Ryukoku University, Japan 0.01 0.79 4 5,166.0%
82 Ibaraki University, Japan 0.78 4 N/A
83 Mie University, Japan 0.50 0.77 8 50.7%
84 Kindai University, Japan 1.74 0.67 5 -62.0%
85 Fukuoka Dental College, Japan 0.05 0.67 5 1,346.6%
86 Akita Prefectural University, Japan 0.17 0.67 1 291.9%
86 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 1.80 0.67 1 -63.8%
87 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 0.28 0.66 6 126.7%
88 Iwate Medical University, Japan 2.79 0.63 6 -77.8%
89 Gifu University, Japan 1.49 0.60 6 -60.7%
90 Kawasaki Medical University, Japan 1.21 0.59 2 -52.1%
91 University of Fukui, Japan 0.92 0.57 10 -39.8%
92 Tokai University, Japan 0.74 0.54 5 -28.3%
93 Kyushu Dental University (KDU), Japan 0.05 0.54 2 955.9%
94 Fukuoka University, Japan 1.39 0.51 3 -64.3%
95 Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan 0.50 1 N/A
96 Osaka Dental University, Japan 0.08 0.48 1 459.8%
97 Saga University, Japan 1.17 0.43 3 -63.5%
98 Toyama Prefectural University, Japan 0.17 0.43 4 154.2%
99 Osaka Medical College, Japan 0.48 0.42 4 -14.3%
100 Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.10 0.42 2 308.2%

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.