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 Max Planck Society, Germany 280.57 276.51 885 -3.5%
2 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 170.27 176.78 1,174 1.7%
3 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 180.79 167.88 524 -9.0%
4 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 170.98 159.48 522 -8.6%
5 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 119.98 114.51 402 -6.5%
6 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 111.89 107.87 622 -5.6%
7 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 67.73 84.87 272 22.8%
8 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 79.51 79.41 755 -2.2%
9 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 85.98 76.74 267 -12.6%
10 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 53.50 72.10 274 32.0%
11 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 68.10 69.58 313 0.1%
12 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 66.40 69.27 215 2.2%
13 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 66.24 63.40 236 -6.2%
14 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 43.76 61.36 144 37.4%
15 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 65.45 60.91 283 -8.8%
16 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 49.73 58.41 230 15.1%
17 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 51.20 55.56 284 6.3%
18 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 49.77 55.39 180 9.0%
19 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 47.60 50.01 184 2.9%
20 Leibniz Association, Germany 48.12 45.00 283 -8.4%
21 Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS), Italy 40.25 44.99 209 9.5%
22 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 33.46 44.83 154 31.3%
23 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 41.12 43.60 192 3.9%
24 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 38.32 43.32 217 10.7%
25 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 38.97 42.29 153 6.3%
26 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 42.31 42.00 220 -2.7%
27 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 34.47 39.09 123 11.1%
28 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 37.52 37.99 146 -0.8%
29 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 39.08 37.91 131 -5.0%
30 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 37.86 37.60 125 -2.7%
31 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 30.57 37.39 82 19.8%
32 Pasteur Institute, France 36.20 36.26 205 -1.9%
33 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden 32.24 35.67 183 8.4%
34 University of Helsinki, Finland 28.77 34.12 158 16.2%
35 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 38.46 33.49 172 -14.7%
36 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 39.61 32.30 136 -20.1%
37 University of Paris, France 21.98 32.28 316 43.9%
38 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 25.85 31.88 162 20.8%
39 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 32.32 31.70 168 -3.9%
40 Sorbonne University, France 28.02 31.36 298 9.6%
41 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 29.56 31.05 94 2.9%
42 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 24.68 30.74 79 22.0%
43 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 33.57 30.73 105 -10.3%
44 Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Netherlands 40.91 30.14 165 -27.8%
45 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 31.43 29.67 242 -7.5%
46 Lund University (LU), Sweden 40.67 29.03 115 -30.1%
47 University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands 31.98 28.54 129 -12.6%
48 University of Oslo (UiO), Norway 28.01 28.01 110 -2.0%
49 Leiden University, Netherlands 29.73 27.60 167 -9.0%
50 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 35.77 26.65 110 -27.0%
51 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 24.88 26.35 121 3.8%
52 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 26.34 25.30 230 -5.9%
53 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 25.53 25.28 107 -3.0%
54 Stockholm University, Sweden 15.38 24.91 163 58.6%
55 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 27.67 24.81 89 -12.1%
56 University of Göttingen, Germany 36.22 24.15 99 -34.7%
57 Aarhus University (AU), Denmark 30.38 23.41 103 -24.5%
58 Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands 13.18 23.37 92 73.6%
59 Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain 22.89 23.19 112 -0.7%
60 University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands 26.89 22.49 157 -18.1%
61 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 33.91 22.33 120 -35.5%
62 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 23.59 21.78 225 -9.6%
63 Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Netherlands 22.40 21.61 143 -5.5%
64 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 17.60 21.54 143 19.9%
65 Vienna Biocenter (VBC), Austria 28.50 21.51 77 -26.0%
66 Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic 14.33 21.25 92 45.2%
67 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 18.90 20.92 97 8.4%
68 VU Amsterdam, Netherlands 23.77 20.54 103 -15.3%
69 University of Montpellier, France 20.64 20.30 193 -3.6%
70 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 29.90 20.26 111 -33.6%
71 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 17.46 19.95 71 11.9%
72 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 25.67 19.83 71 -24.3%
73 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 18.87 19.78 98 2.7%
74 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 17.48 19.63 184 10.0%
75 University of Gothenburg (GU), Sweden 18.32 19.34 69 3.5%
76 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 18.61 19.05 70 0.2%
77 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 18.28 18.93 77 1.4%
78 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 24.76 18.90 76 -25.2%
79 Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Netherlands 22.95 18.60 73 -20.6%
80 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 18.62 18.51 80 -2.6%
81 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 17.72 18.50 134 2.3%
82 National Research Council (CNR), Italy 19.14 18.48 122 -5.4%
83 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 15.33 18.41 254 17.7%
84 Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Austria 12.95 18.35 42 38.8%
85 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 12.03 18.19 71 48.2%
86 University of Vienna, Austria 15.08 17.65 81 14.6%
87 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 16.56 17.30 72 2.4%
88 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 13.41 17.23 76 25.9%
89 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 21.48 17.17 98 -21.7%
90 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 8.35 17.10 59 100.6%
91 University of Strasbourg, France 18.47 16.94 119 -10.2%
92 Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), France 14.75 16.52 183 9.7%
93 University of Toulouse, France 15.19 16.13 110 4.0%
94 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 14.55 15.89 67 7.0%
95 Umeå University (UMU), Sweden 13.62 15.84 83 13.9%
96 Medical University of Vienna (MUW), Austria 14.09 15.09 88 4.9%
97 John Innes Centre (JIC), United Kingdom (UK) 20.19 14.72 45 -28.6%
98 University of Trento (UNITN), Italy 6.30 14.58 36 126.5%
99 Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Spain 17.48 14.44 90 -19.1%
100 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands 19.85 14.31 97 -29.4%

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.