2018 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 43.91 31.65 116 -24.6%
2 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 29.03 31.13 114 12.2%
3 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 24.71 30.07 99 27.4%
4 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 32.11 25.95 93 -15.4%
5 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 31.15 25.30 101 -15.0%
6 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 16.26 17.48 64 12.5%
7 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 14.15 17.08 71 26.4%
8 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 16.09 16.05 48 4.4%
9 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 14.75 15.93 55 13.0%
10 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 13.89 15.28 43 15.1%
11 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 20.64 14.97 56 -24.1%
12 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 15.14 14.91 77 3.1%
13 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 15.72 14.74 61 -1.9%
14 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 6.91 11.07 38 67.8%
15 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 12.07 10.33 51 -10.4%
16 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 15.46 10.30 33 -30.3%
17 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 5.04 10.20 41 111.9%
18 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 5.61 9.91 35 84.9%
19 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 10.66 9.74 35 -4.3%
20 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 10.18 9.12 34 -6.2%
21 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 6.38 7.47 26 22.5%
22 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 7.71 7.41 37 0.7%
23 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 6.73 6.05 29 -6.0%
24 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 6.07 5.93 28 2.2%
25 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 3.67 5.73 24 63.4%
26 British Geological Survey (BGS), United Kingdom (UK) 8.36 4.85 21 -39.2%
27 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 6.37 4.68 31 -23.0%
28 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 8.52 4.35 17 -46.5%
29 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 4.64 4.35 22 -1.7%
30 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 4.50 4.28 12 -0.3%
31 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 2.69 3.91 14 52.3%
32 NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), United Kingdom (UK) 4.84 3.80 41 -17.9%
33 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 0.43 3.39 9 721.5%
34 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.85 2.96 8 66.9%
35 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 5.20 2.95 13 -40.6%
36 European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), United Kingdom (UK) 4.59 2.90 13 -33.8%
37 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.58 2.81 12 403.6%
38 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 1.32 2.64 10 110.3%
39 Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom (UK) 0.81 2.52 11 223.5%
40 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 4.81 2.46 10 -46.5%
41 NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), United Kingdom (UK) 3.32 2.27 27 -28.5%
42 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 6.35 2.02 19 -66.7%
43 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.11 2.01 9 89.2%
44 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 1.18 1.92 9 70.4%
45 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 5.00 1.79 14 -62.6%
46 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 4.42 1.78 5 -57.8%
47 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.76 1.76 7 5.0%
48 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 4.57 1.75 15 -59.8%
49 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 1.71 5 371.9%
50 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 0.65 1.63 5 163.8%
51 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.17 1.45 10 -29.9%
52 United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom (UK) 2.24 1.42 6 -34.0%
53 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.27 1.23 6 372.6%
54 The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 1.87 1.19 4 -33.3%
55 BP plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1.11 5 598.2%
56 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.83 1.09 5 -37.5%
57 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 2.04 1.05 4 -46.3%
58 University of Chester, United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 1 N/A
58 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 1 N/A
58 Bluewater Bio International (BWB), United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 1 N/A
59 Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.74 0.93 11 31.9%
60 Anglo American plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 0.92 3 423.4%
61 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 2.19 0.89 4 -57.5%
62 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.44 0.89 3 111.7%
63 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 2.14 0.82 11 -59.8%
64 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 0.51 0.81 3 67.2%
65 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.07 0.78 7 -23.9%
66 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), United Kingdom (UK) 0.12 0.75 1 559.5%
66 University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 0.75 1 96.3%
67 Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.95 0.70 2 -22.7%
68 Unilever, United Kingdom (UK) 0.43 0.68 2 65.7%
69 Zoological Society of London (ZSL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.88 0.68 7 -19.1%
70 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.64 0.64 3 5.1%
71 Scottish Water, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 0.60 2 118.1%
72 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.52 0.58 3 17.6%
73 National Physical Laboratory (NPL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.56 2 N/A
74 Kingston University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 0.52 2 8.8%
75 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 0.47 11 183.6%
76 Silixa Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 1 N/A
77 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 1.91 0.39 4 -78.4%
78 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 0.67 0.38 2 -41.5%
79 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 0.33 1 -7.0%
79 kMatrix Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 0.33 1 -7.0%
79 Fauna and Flora International (FFI), United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
79 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
79 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 0.33 1 -65.1%
80 BirdLife International, United Kingdom (UK) 0.31 0.29 4 -4.2%
81 University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 1 N/A
82 British Astronomical Association (BAA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.27 4 N/A
83 Rio Tinto plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.16 0.26 2 72.2%
84 Environment Agency, United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 0.25 1 -17.6%
84 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.04 0.25 1 -87.1%
84 Three Cliffs Geomechanical Analysis Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
84 Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
85 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 1.01 0.22 2 -77.6%
86 Marine Scotland Science (MSS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
86 Triskel Marine Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
86 Fulford School, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
87 Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.12 0.17 1 40.1%
87 rdscientific, United Kingdom (UK) 0.43 0.17 1 -59.8%
87 JBA Group Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 0.17 1 179.1%
87 Sellafield Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.17 1 39.6%
87 Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
87 International Seismological Centre (ISC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
87 Rigare, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
88 SSBN Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 0.16 2 14.7%
89 BMT Group Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 1 N/A
90 Cairn Energy PLC, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 0.14 1 -25.2%
90 Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
90 Bournemouth University (BU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
90 Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 0.14 1 -10.3%
91 Cambustion Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 2 N/A
92 Cromarty Firth Fishery Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 Getech, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 0.13 1 17.8%
93 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 0.13 1 -25.3%
93 Ricardo Energy and Environment, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 0.13 1 -47.7%
93 Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 QinetiQ Group plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 Department for International Development, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
93 Tullow Oil plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
94 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
94 University of Hertfordshire (UH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
94 Bioscript Group Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
94 Abertay University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
95 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.98 0.10 1 -89.3%
95 MicroSeaSafe, United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1 N/A
96 WaterAid UK, United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 1 N/A
96 Top-Hole Site Studies Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 1 N/A
97 Atmospheric Chemistry Services, United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
98 Bristol Zoological Society, United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
98 Agta Aid, United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
99 Aspinall Consultants Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 2 N/A
100 DougalEARTH Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.07 1 57.0%
100 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 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.
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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.