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 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 147.56 125.92 361 -10.7%
2 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 109.73 97.64 688 -6.9%
3 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 84.32 79.99 205 -0.7%
4 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 35.53 37.79 118 11.3%
5 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 43.91 31.65 116 -24.6%
6 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 29.03 31.13 114 12.2%
7 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 24.71 30.07 99 27.4%
8 National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy 32.97 30.01 64 -4.7%
9 Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark 21.17 29.09 75 43.8%
10 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 32.11 25.95 93 -15.4%
11 Max Planck Society, Germany 37.55 25.88 120 -27.9%
12 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 31.15 25.30 101 -15.0%
13 University of Oslo (UiO), Norway 20.82 22.63 92 13.7%
14 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 23.43 21.66 303 -3.2%
15 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 27.51 21.52 70 -18.1%
16 Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands 13.98 20.18 57 51.0%
17 Leibniz Association, Germany 29.05 19.43 93 -30.0%
18 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 26.72 19.01 84 -25.5%
19 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 15.66 18.46 59 23.4%
20 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 23.10 17.81 70 -19.3%
21 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 16.26 17.48 64 12.5%
22 University of Paris, France 16.20 17.32 114 11.9%
23 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 14.15 17.08 71 26.4%
24 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 18.35 16.78 45 -4.3%
25 Aarhus University (AU), Denmark 8.79 16.73 57 99.2%
26 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 16.09 16.05 48 4.4%
27 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 14.75 15.93 55 13.0%
28 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 13.89 15.28 43 15.1%
29 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 12.79 15.20 57 24.4%
30 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 15.12 15.19 34 5.1%
31 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 20.64 14.97 56 -24.1%
32 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 15.14 14.91 77 3.1%
33 Stockholm University, Sweden 23.61 14.77 79 -34.5%
34 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 15.72 14.74 61 -1.9%
35 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 14.44 14.32 49 3.9%
36 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 13.02 13.81 52 11.0%
37 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia 19.31 13.12 57 -28.9%
38 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 10.38 12.42 33 25.3%
39 Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic 8.35 12.22 39 53.2%
40 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 15.30 12.05 96 -17.6%
41 Sorbonne University, France 10.42 11.40 148 14.5%
42 University of Helsinki, Finland 12.48 11.38 37 -4.6%
43 National Research Council (CNR), Italy 20.37 11.34 50 -41.7%
44 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 10.17 11.32 34 16.5%
45 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 6.91 11.07 38 67.8%
46 University of Bergen (UIB), Norway 10.20 11.07 46 13.5%
47 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 12.07 10.33 51 -10.4%
48 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 15.46 10.30 33 -30.3%
49 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 5.04 10.20 41 111.9%
50 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 5.61 9.91 35 84.9%
51 VU Amsterdam, Netherlands 12.41 9.78 42 -17.4%
52 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 10.66 9.74 35 -4.3%
53 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden 6.11 9.65 31 65.5%
54 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 6.70 9.52 28 48.6%
55 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 11.98 9.31 25 -18.6%
56 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 10.18 9.12 34 -6.2%
57 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden 7.26 8.96 33 29.2%
58 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 13.84 8.55 87 -35.3%
59 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 11.54 8.46 29 -23.3%
60 University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Norway 7.39 8.40 40 18.9%
61 Umeå University (UMU), Sweden 7.44 8.15 22 14.7%
62 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 10.54 8.15 25 -19.1%
63 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 18.05 8.12 27 -52.9%
64 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 5.05 7.92 19 64.3%
65 University of Potsdam, Germany 15.80 7.61 34 -49.6%
66 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 9.28 7.59 90 -14.4%
67 Gustave Eiffel University, France 6.41 7.58 73 23.7%
68 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 6.53 7.54 33 21.0%
69 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 6.38 7.47 26 22.5%
70 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 7.71 7.41 37 0.7%
71 University of Barcelona (UB), Spain 8.87 7.33 32 -13.4%
72 Lund University (LU), Sweden 8.04 7.27 28 -5.3%
73 University of Vienna, Austria 7.31 7.15 28 2.4%
74 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 4.49 6.49 19 51.4%
75 Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain 4.03 6.49 25 68.4%
76 National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Italy 2.82 6.45 31 139.8%
77 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 5.79 6.31 60 14.0%
78 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 3.82 6.30 11 72.5%
79 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 4.28 6.26 28 53.3%
80 University of Granada (UGR), Spain 7.18 6.24 19 -9.1%
81 Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands 4.25 6.14 16 51.4%
82 France Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France 6.54 6.05 92 -3.1%
83 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 6.73 6.05 29 -6.0%
84 University of Lorraine (UL), France 7.62 5.98 43 -17.8%
85 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 6.84 5.94 21 -9.2%
86 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 6.07 5.93 28 2.2%
87 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 8.19 5.81 25 -25.7%
88 Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France 4.94 5.80 98 22.9%
89 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 3.67 5.73 24 63.4%
90 University of Padova (UNIPD), Italy 4.00 5.62 29 47.2%
91 University of Lyon, France 8.40 5.59 53 -30.4%
92 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 8.42 5.49 18 -31.7%
93 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 6.88 5.48 25 -16.6%
94 University of Savoy (USMB), France 4.77 5.47 70 20.0%
95 Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden 5.49 5.25 22 0.2%
96 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 6.39 5.23 50 -14.4%
97 Charles University (CU), Czech Republic 7.59 5.18 24 -28.6%
98 University of Turin (UNITO), Italy 3.99 5.16 17 35.3%
99 University of Lisbon (ULISBOA), Portugal 3.59 5.09 19 48.5%
100 University of Strasbourg, France 6.63 5.05 33 -20.2%

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.