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 Sapienza University of Rome, Italy 19.29 21.60 291 10.6%
2 Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Italy 20.34 21.14 87 2.7%
3 University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy 14.30 15.18 165 4.9%
4 University of Milan (UNIMI), Italy 9.47 13.25 148 38.2%
5 University of Padova (UNIPD), Italy 13.20 12.83 190 -3.9%
6 University of Florence (UNIFI), Italy 7.14 12.75 124 76.6%
7 Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy 11.79 10.08 48 -15.6%
8 Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Italy 8.44 7.20 151 -15.7%
9 University of Turin (UNITO), Italy 7.82 6.69 152 -15.5%
10 University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy 12.76 6.62 223 -48.7%
11 University of Pisa (UNIPI), Italy 10.03 6.44 208 -36.6%
12 University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy 8.03 6.19 130 -23.8%
13 University of Genova, Italy 3.48 5.74 204 63.1%
14 University of Salerno (UNISA), Italy 2.17 5.63 49 156.1%
15 Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy 7.30 5.59 33 -24.4%
16 University of Trento (UNITN), Italy 3.18 5.23 141 62.5%
17 University of Roma Tre, Italy 3.64 5.05 87 37.1%
18 University of Perugia, Italy 3.71 5.03 116 33.8%
19 University of Salento, Italy 6.63 4.44 89 -33.8%
20 University of Trieste (UNITS), Italy 5.13 4.16 118 -19.8%
21 University of Parma (UNIPR), Italy 3.60 4.16 31 14.1%
22 Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), Italy 2.36 4.15 44 73.6%
23 University of Naples Federico II (UNINA), Italy 7.32 4.12 187 -44.4%
24 University of Calabria (UNICAL), Italy 8.56 3.78 75 -56.4%
25 University of Pavia (UNIPV), Italy 2.36 3.74 162 56.7%
26 University of Cagliari (UNICA), Italy 3.80 3.17 51 -17.7%
27 University of Ferrara (UNIFE), Italy 2.53 2.30 61 -10.4%
28 University of Palermo (UNIPA), Italy 2.19 2.12 12 -4.4%
29 University of Catania, Italy 3.43 2.06 108 -40.6%
30 University of L'Aquila (UNIVAQ), Italy 1.93 1.93 21 -1.6%
31 University of Eastern Piedmont "Amedeo Avogadro" (UNIPMN), Italy 1.52 1.92 103 24.7%
32 National Interuniversity Consortium for the Physical Sciences of Matter (CNISM), Italy 0.79 1.80 16 124.4%
33 Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy 2.18 1.62 108 -26.9%
34 University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Italy 2.36 1.47 34 -38.2%
35 Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC), Italy 3.44 1.45 6 -58.3%
36 University of Camerino (UNICAM), Italy 1.15 1.44 18 23.5%
37 IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy 1.38 2 N/A
38 University of Insubria, Italy 1.58 1.33 12 -16.9%
39 University of Bari Aldo Moro (UniBA), Italy 1.94 1.27 129 -35.6%
40 University of Bergamo, Italy 0.04 0.75 2 1,983.1%
41 Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU), Italy 0.29 0.54 66 84.4%
42 University of Brescia (UNIBS), Italy 1.58 0.52 20 -67.5%
43 University of Sannio, Italy 0.03 0.43 15 1,353.3%
44 Marche Polytechnic University (UNIVPM), Italy 0.51 0.40 3 -22.8%
45 University of Siena (UNISI), Italy 0.24 0.39 57 60.0%
46 University of Messina (UNIME), Italy 2.16 0.36 3 -83.4%
47 Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS Pavia), Italy 0.28 0.27 3 -2.4%
48 University of Magna Graecia (UMG), Italy 0.25 1 N/A
49 University of Udine (UNIUD), Italy 0.39 0.24 68 -38.9%
50 University of Tuscia (UNITUS), Italy 0.15 0.21 2 38.3%
51 Ca' Foscari University of Venice (UNIVE), Italy 0.51 0.20 1 -61.6%
52 Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (UniBz), Italy 0.17 1 N/A
53 University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy 0.76 0.17 4 -78.4%
54 Campus Bio-Medico University, Italy 0.16 2 N/A
55 University of Urbino, Italy 0.12 0.15 37 19.2%
56 European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), Italy 0.12 3 N/A
57 Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (UniSR), Italy 0.17 0.08 2 -50.6%
58 Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (SSSA), Italy 0.05 0.08 2 64.4%
59 University of Verona (UNIVR), Italy 0.12 0.07 1 -40.4%
59 Bocconi University, Italy 0.07 1 N/A
60 University of Basilicata, Italy 0.07 0.06 89 -5.4%
61 Universita' degli Studi Niccolo' Cusano, Italy 0.37 0.06 1 -83.1%
61 University of Chieti (Ud'A), Italy 0.06 1 N/A
62 Kore University of Enna, Italy 0.04 1 N/A
63 University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (UNICAS), Italy 0.03 6 N/A
64 Parthenope University of Naples, Italy 0.01 0.02 32 130.0%
65 Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (UNIRC), Italy 0.01 2 N/A
66 Pegaso University (Unipegaso), Italy 0.02 0.01 4 -23.3%

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.