2018 tables: Institutions - physical 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 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 58.10 55.84 206 -5.0%
2 University of Waterloo, Canada 34.70 29.82 80 -15.1%
3 McGill University, Canada 31.48 29.77 160 -6.6%
4 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 28.02 26.65 167 -6.0%
5 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 30.72 25.52 135 -17.9%
6 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 6.31 16.40 44 156.9%
7 McMaster University, Canada 13.14 10.80 33 -18.8%
8 Western University (UWO), Canada 6.18 10.37 24 65.8%
9 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 8.84 10.13 30 13.3%
10 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 7.32 8.46 129 14.2%
11 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 8.26 8.40 105 0.5%
12 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 5.35 6.94 20 28.3%
13 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 7.97 6.72 105 -16.6%
14 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 7.05 6.57 22 -7.9%
15 University of Manitoba, Canada 8.60 6.44 102 -25.9%
16 York University, Canada 3.06 6.23 99 101.3%
17 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 7.37 5.96 104 -20.0%
18 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 3.20 4.82 17 48.9%
19 Queen's University, Canada 1.93 3.26 98 67.0%
20 Laval University (UL), Canada 1.29 3.24 8 148.3%
21 Dalhousie University, Canada 1.92 3.08 13 58.3%
22 University of Guelph, Canada 2.93 2.16 107 -27.0%
23 Concordia University, Canada 1.06 2.09 10 95.3%
24 Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Canada 0.27 1.55 4 469.8%
25 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 0.81 1.23 4 51.3%
26 Carleton University, Canada 2.50 1.08 93 -57.2%
27 University of Lethbridge, Canada 1.37 0.96 9 -31.2%
28 University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada 1.00 0.94 4 -6.9%
29 University of Moncton, Canada 0.11 0.82 4 626.1%
30 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Canada 0.73 3 N/A
31 Laurentian University, Canada 0.13 0.56 11 325.4%
32 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 0.14 0.50 4 247.6%
33 University of Quebec, Canada 0.19 0.46 2 143.8%
34 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 0.64 0.37 5 -42.8%
35 Saint Mary's University (SMU), Canada 0.36 0.32 10 -12.1%
36 John Abbott College (JAC), Canada 0.13 1 N/A
37 Lakehead University, Canada 0.12 2 N/A
38 École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Canada 1.13 0.09 2 -92.0%
39 University of Regina, Canada 0.18 0.08 7 -55.8%
40 Brock University, Canada 0.87 0.08 5 -90.8%
41 Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada 0.20 0.06 1 -69.1%
42 University of Winnipeg, Canada 0.51 0.06 4 -88.5%
43 St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Canada 0.05 1 N/A
44 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 0.02 0.04 1 141.5%
45 Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), Canada 0.03 2 N/A
46 Mount Allison University, Canada 0.34 0.02 1 -93.7%
47 OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada 0.01 1 N/A
47 Conestoga College, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
47 Nipissing University, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
47 Trent University, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
47 Sheridan College, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
47 Fanshawe College, Canada 0.01 1 N/A

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  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.
  3. Nature Index recognizes that many other factors must be taken into account when considering research quality and institutional performance; Nature Index metrics alone should not be used to assess institutions or individuals.
  4. Nature Index data and methods are transparent and available under a creative commons licence at natureindex.com.

The Nature Index database undergoes regular updating, corrections, adjustment of institutional hierarchies, and removal of retracted papers and thus the live website can differ from the frozen annual tables.

*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.