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 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 607.04 629.13 1,536 1.5%
2 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 235.09 277.08 658 15.5%
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 207.02 203.64 764 -3.6%
4 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 192.92 178.56 410 -9.3%
5 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 165.25 174.26 495 3.3%
6 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 158.68 174.19 439 7.5%
7 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 142.96 170.92 452 17.1%
8 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), United States of America (USA) 190.97 169.81 503 -12.9%
9 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 180.79 167.88 524 -9.0%
10 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 170.98 159.48 522 -8.6%
11 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 156.39 157.62 451 -1.3%
12 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 143.42 153.29 334 4.7%
13 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 120.32 150.31 381 22.4%
14 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 146.34 147.66 388 -1.1%
15 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center), United States of America (USA) 114.38 141.55 275 21.2%
16 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 129.71 139.03 436 5.0%
17 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 133.58 132.24 342 -3.0%
18 New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA) 117.74 124.89 335 3.9%
19 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 135.51 123.42 347 -10.8%
20 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 129.17 120.46 384 -8.6%
21 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 119.98 114.51 402 -6.5%
22 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 139.56 105.90 338 -25.7%
23 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 96.56 102.86 283 4.4%
24 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 88.74 102.04 255 12.6%
25 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 97.95 100.65 262 0.7%
26 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 100.45 99.77 204 -2.7%
27 The Rockefeller University, United States of America (USA) 89.16 97.11 241 6.7%
28 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 98.92 94.07 257 -6.8%
29 Peking University (PKU), China 57.86 89.67 231 51.8%
30 Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA) 88.23 85.76 274 -4.8%
31 Vanderbilt University (VU), United States of America (USA) 82.31 85.28 235 1.5%
32 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 67.73 84.87 272 22.8%
33 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 62.14 82.82 176 30.6%
34 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 85.98 76.74 267 -12.6%
35 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), United States of America (USA) 93.97 75.62 213 -21.2%
36 McGill University, Canada 89.94 74.88 245 -18.4%
37 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States of America (USA) 85.38 74.62 246 -14.4%
38 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 56.91 74.42 157 28.1%
39 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 79.75 73.22 148 -10.1%
40 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 53.50 72.10 274 32.0%
41 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 63.75 72.04 219 10.7%
42 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 68.10 69.58 313 0.1%
43 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 66.40 69.27 215 2.2%
44 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 66.24 63.40 236 -6.2%
45 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), MSHS, United States of America (USA) 70.36 62.66 260 -12.8%
46 Emory University, United States of America (USA) 65.33 62.45 186 -6.4%
47 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 65.45 60.91 283 -8.8%
48 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 63.79 59.99 186 -7.9%
49 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 44.63 59.67 202 31.0%
50 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 49.73 58.41 230 15.1%
51 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 38.46 58.41 138 48.8%
52 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 55.20 58.22 193 3.3%
53 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 60.88 58.13 142 -6.5%
54 Tsinghua University, China 49.31 57.66 185 14.6%
55 Kyoto University, Japan 50.94 57.24 161 10.1%
56 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 62.93 55.53 126 -13.6%
57 University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass Medical School), United States of America (USA) 60.10 54.48 203 -11.2%
58 The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 43.91 52.53 154 17.2%
59 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 59.61 52.21 142 -14.2%
60 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 54.43 51.84 125 -6.7%
61 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 38.53 50.32 211 27.9%
62 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 47.60 50.01 184 2.9%
63 Fudan University, China 33.05 49.55 151 46.9%
64 Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), United States of America (USA) 48.21 48.66 146 -1.1%
65 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 52.43 48.26 125 -9.8%
66 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 44.14 48.04 118 6.6%
67 Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA) 50.42 47.78 145 -7.2%
68 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), United States of America (USA) 46.58 47.70 135 0.3%
69 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 58.06 47.65 160 -19.6%
70 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 42.87 46.59 146 6.5%
71 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 30.16 45.53 160 47.9%
72 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 33.46 44.83 154 31.3%
73 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 50.48 43.93 195 -14.8%
74 University of Cincinnati (UC), United States of America (USA) 43.81 43.69 119 -2.3%
75 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 41.12 43.60 192 3.9%
76 Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), United States of America (USA) 50.89 43.55 117 -16.2%
77 Osaka University, Japan 61.87 43.40 130 -31.3%
78 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 38.32 43.32 217 10.7%
79 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 38.97 42.29 153 6.3%
80 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 31.28 42.06 110 31.8%
81 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 37.23 41.19 106 8.4%
82 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), United States of America (USA) 53.21 40.80 123 -24.9%
83 University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA) 32.35 39.93 102 20.9%
84 The University of Iowa (UI), United States of America (USA) 47.44 39.67 114 -18.1%
85 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 34.47 39.09 123 11.1%
86 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 32.40 38.72 114 17.1%
87 Monash University, Australia 34.97 38.68 148 8.4%
88 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 40.08 38.61 235 -5.6%
89 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 24.44 38.04 236 52.5%
90 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 37.52 37.99 146 -0.8%
91 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 39.08 37.91 131 -5.0%
92 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 37.86 37.60 125 -2.7%
93 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 38.75 37.53 146 -5.1%
94 Michigan State University (MSU), United States of America (USA) 33.02 36.23 99 7.5%
95 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden 32.24 35.67 183 8.4%
96 University of Rochester (UR), United States of America (USA) 30.59 35.00 84 12.1%
97 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 29.41 34.98 88 16.5%
98 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 25.01 34.13 105 33.7%
99 University of Helsinki, Finland 28.77 34.12 158 16.2%
100 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 38.46 33.49 172 -14.7%

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.