2018 tables: Institutions - life 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 Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 4.65 3.59 38 -24.2%
2 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 1.15 3.25 22 176.5%
3 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 1.16 3.18 20 169.0%
4 University of Science, Technique and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), Mali 0.03 1.16 6 4,006.3%
5 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 1.28 1.14 14 -12.2%
6 Burkina Faso Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso 0.06 0.97 5 1,520.6%
7 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 1.88 0.97 17 -49.5%
8 Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa 1.29 0.97 7 -26.2%
9 International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon 0.41 0.84 5 102.6%
10 Mpala Research Centre (MRCC), Kenya 0.82 3 N/A
11 University of Malawi, Malawi 0.26 0.82 6 206.7%
12 Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya 0.19 0.79 9 306.6%
13 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.11 0.75 4 562.6%
14 Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS), Uganda 0.39 0.74 2 85.4%
15 Kuruman River Reserve, South Africa 0.60 0.63 2 2.9%
16 South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), South Africa 0.06 0.59 9 849.5%
17 Uganda Ministry of Health, Uganda 0.59 3 N/A
18 Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), South Africa 0.05 0.48 5 843.4%
19 Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, Botswana 0.44 0.46 1 1.0%
20 National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), South Africa 0.38 0.45 17 16.2%
21 Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa 0.29 0.43 4 45.0%
22 Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), Seychelles 0.43 1 N/A
23 University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 0.25 0.42 2 65.1%
24 National Research Centre (NRC), Egypt 0.56 0.31 6 -45.2%
25 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 0.51 0.31 5 -40.6%
26 Organic Health Response (OHR), Kenya 0.30 1 N/A
27 Marien Ngouabi University (UMNG), Congo 0.01 0.29 1 4,098.6%
27 Société d'exploitation du Parc de Lékédi (SODEPAL), Gabon 0.03 0.29 1 907.7%
27 Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP SA), Morocco 0.29 1 N/A
28 National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanzania 0.07 0.28 5 285.1%
29 Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), South Africa 0.28 1 N/A
30 National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Kenya 0.82 0.27 2 -67.4%
31 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.03 0.26 3 829.5%
32 The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi 0.26 2 N/A
33 University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa 0.13 0.26 5 94.4%
34 Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DREN), Namibia 0.25 1 N/A
34 Association Vahatra, Madagascar 0.02 0.25 1 928.7%
34 World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya 0.23 0.25 1 6.7%
34 Sasol Limited, South Africa 0.25 1 N/A
34 Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), Zimbabwe 0.25 1 N/A
35 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.31 0.25 7 -21.7%
36 Makerere University, Uganda 0.22 0.24 5 4.2%
37 Mansoura University, Egypt 0.17 0.21 5 20.0%
38 University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Congo 0.06 0.21 2 220.4%
39 Hopital Universitaire Hedi Chaker, Tunisia 0.20 1 N/A
39 National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda 0.20 1 N/A
40 Mohammed V University, Morocco 0.37 0.19 3 -49.0%
41 Sudan Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Sudan 0.19 1 N/A
42 University of Bamako, Mali 0.07 0.19 3 186.4%
43 University of Buea (UB), Cameroon 0.06 0.17 4 177.7%
44 South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa 0.01 0.17 1 1,712.4%
44 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa 0.01 0.17 1 1,010.3%
44 Menoufia University, Egypt 0.17 1 N/A
44 University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon 0.17 1 N/A
44 Ivory Coast Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS), Ivory Coast 0.26 0.17 1 -36.8%
45 Sohag University, Egypt 0.17 0.16 2 -8.2%
46 University of Ghana, Ghana 0.37 0.16 3 -58.0%
47 Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa 0.07 0.16 7 122.1%
48 Organization of Coordination for the Fight against Endemic Diseases in Central Africa (OCEAC), Cameroon 0.15 3 N/A
49 Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone 0.27 0.15 2 -45.7%
50 NRF South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), South Africa 0.05 0.15 1 190.3%
50 Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Uganda 0.10 0.15 1 45.8%
51 Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Zimbabwe 0.14 1 N/A
52 South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa 0.19 0.14 1 -26.9%
53 Kenema Government Hospital (KGH), Sierra Leone 0.18 0.14 2 -24.7%
54 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria 0.18 0.13 1 -28.0%
55 International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya 0.14 0.13 1 -11.8%
56 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.10 0.12 3 17.1%
57 Tunis El Manar University (UTM), Tunisia 0.04 0.11 2 191.0%
58 Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Ivory Coast 0.11 2 N/A
59 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.11 2 N/A
60 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.03 0.10 4 196.8%
61 Cairo University (CU), Egypt 0.48 0.10 4 -79.2%
62 F. Hached University Teaching Hospital, Tunisia 0.18 0.10 1 -45.5%
63 Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia 0.10 2 N/A
64 Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania 0.15 0.10 1 -33.7%
64 National School of Biotechnology "Toufik Khaznadar" (ENSB), Algeria 0.10 1 N/A
65 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 0.25 0.10 2 -61.3%
66 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 0.27 0.10 3 -64.4%
67 University of Limpopo, South Africa 0.10 1 N/A
68 University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria 0.02 0.10 4 369.8%
69 Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa 0.06 0.09 3 45.7%
70 Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Morocco 0.09 1 N/A
70 Females Rising through Empowerment, Support, and Health (FRESH) Study, South Africa 0.09 1 N/A
71 Minia University, Egypt 0.16 0.09 2 -45.2%
72 Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB), Ivory Coast 0.08 1 N/A
72 Ahimsa Group LLC, Kenya 0.08 1 N/A
72 Zambia Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), Zambia 0.08 1 N/A
73 Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Tanzania 0.03 0.08 3 167.6%
74 National Centre for Training and Research in Rural Health (CNFRSR), Guinea 0.08 1 N/A
74 Maseno University, Kenya 0.08 1 N/A
74 Ministère des Ressources Halieutiques et de la Pêche (MRHP), Madagascar 0.08 1 N/A
75 Suez University, Egypt 0.07 1 N/A
75 Nature Seychelles, Seychelles 0.07 1 N/A
76 Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt 0.07 2 N/A
77 University of Yaounde I (UYI), Cameroon 0.05 0.07 3 17.2%
78 Research Institute for Tropical Ecology (IRET), Gabon 0.02 0.06 1 235.9%
79 Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt 0.07 0.06 1 -10.0%
79 Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Uganda 0.06 1 N/A
79 Chouaib Doukkali University (UCD), Morocco 0.06 1 N/A
80 Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana 0.06 0.06 2 -2.9%
81 Egyptian Research and Training Center (ERTC), Egypt 0.06 1 N/A
81 Tanta University, Egypt 0.10 0.06 1 -45.6%
81 Malaria Research and Training Centre, Sudan 0.06 1 N/A
81 American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt 0.06 1 N/A
81 Namibia Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia 0.06 1 N/A
82 Hopital Benaknoun, Algeria 0.05 1 N/A
83 National Museum of Tanzania, Tanzania 0.01 0.05 1 238.4%
83 African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Central African Republic 0.05 1 N/A
83 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.05 1 N/A
83 Malawi Department of Museums and Monuments, Malawi 0.05 1 N/A
83 Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania 0.28 0.05 1 -84.2%
84 Kimberley Hospital, South Africa 0.10 0.04 1 -57.4%
85 University of Sierra Leone (USL), Sierra Leone 0.04 0.04 2 5.5%
86 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 0.35 0.04 1 -87.9%
87 Future University of Egypt (FUE), Egypt 0.04 1 N/A
88 Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso (UPB), Burkina Faso 0.04 1 N/A
89 Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable, Niger 0.04 1 N/A
89 Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Namibia 0.04 1 N/A
89 Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB), Botswana 0.04 1 N/A
89 Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), South Africa 0.04 1 N/A
89 University of Béjaïa, Algeria 0.04 1 N/A
90 Zagazig University, Egypt 0.06 0.04 1 -39.8%
91 National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Nigeria 0.05 0.03 1 -31.4%
91 34th Regimental Military Hospital, Sierra Leone 0.03 1 N/A
91 Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Senegal 0.03 1 N/A
92 University of Monastir (UM), Tunisia 0.04 0.03 1 -26.5%
93 Université Mohammed Premier (UMP), Morocco 0.03 0.03 1 3.7%
94 Cameroon Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Cameroon 0.03 1 N/A
95 Zambian Carnivore Programme, Zambia 0.03 1 N/A
96 Ibn Zohr Institute, Tunisia 0.03 1 N/A
97 Centre de Recherches Médicales et Sanitaires (CERMES), Niger 0.03 0.02 1 -14.0%
97 Centre Hospitalier des Armées Bouffard, Djibouti 0.02 1 N/A
98 Congo Ministry of Health, Congo 0.06 0.02 1 -65.4%
99 Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt 0.02 1 N/A
100 South Africa Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), South Africa 0.06 0.02 1 -65.7%
100 Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (Ditsong), South Africa 0.02 1 N/A

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.