2018 tables: Institutions - Nature & Science

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 54.50 36.07 125 -29.9%
2 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 19.74 16.47 78 -11.6%
3 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 11.34 15.14 81 41.5%
4 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 11.12 14.18 40 35.1%
5 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 18.96 12.46 127 -30.3%
6 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 15.09 10.84 71 -23.8%
7 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 14.65 10.82 20 -21.8%
8 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 9.37 7.49 23 -15.2%
9 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 8.56 7.48 18 -7.4%
10 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 5.64 6.94 44 30.4%
11 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 7.76 6.11 21 -16.5%
12 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 2.68 5.92 15 133.8%
13 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 4.32 5.71 31 40.2%
14 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 1.73 5.57 19 240.6%
15 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 2.75 4.91 23 89.6%
16 Vienna Biocenter (VBC), Austria 2.83 4.80 11 80.0%
17 Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Netherlands 2.12 4.41 12 120.8%
18 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 3.66 4.16 33 20.5%
19 Leibniz Association, Germany 4.64 4.12 39 -6.0%
20 Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain 2.59 4.07 44 66.7%
21 Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain 3.67 3.92 19 13.4%
22 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 7.53 3.83 31 -46.1%
23 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 4.39 3.81 25 -8.0%
24 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 5.75 3.80 14 -29.9%
25 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 3.87 3.79 14 3.8%
26 National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Italy 2.31 3.75 25 71.7%
27 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 2.34 3.69 24 66.9%
28 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 5.72 3.46 37 -35.8%
29 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 1.32 3.28 16 163.2%
30 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 2.07 3.23 6 65.7%
31 Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden 3.65 3.20 23 -6.9%
32 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 2.35 3.13 19 40.7%
33 Pasteur Institute, France 1.34 3.02 21 139.1%
34 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 0.52 2.97 10 506.0%
35 Stockholm University, Sweden 1.32 2.94 32 136.6%
36 Lund University (LU), Sweden 0.78 2.92 14 297.2%
37 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 8.83 2.80 18 -66.4%
38 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 1.34 2.79 5 121.0%
39 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 3.04 2.60 33 -9.6%
40 Uppsala University (UU), Sweden 2.42 2.58 20 13.1%
41 Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austria 2.39 2.55 14 13.2%
42 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 1.31 2.52 6 104.3%
43 University of Oslo (UiO), Norway 1.37 2.48 9 92.6%
44 University of Vienna, Austria 1.45 2.47 14 81.5%
45 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 4.22 2.46 30 -38.2%
46 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 2.25 2.37 13 11.7%
47 John Innes Centre (JIC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.97 2.33 6 25.6%
48 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 0.73 2.24 4 223.4%
49 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 2.77 2.21 17 -15.6%
50 Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Austria 2.39 2.16 4 -4.1%
51 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 2.27 2.06 8 -4.1%
52 University of Paris, France 1.84 2.02 32 16.5%
53 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 4.01 1.97 13 -48.0%
54 Sorbonne University, France 3.44 1.94 38 -40.3%
55 University of Göttingen, Germany 3.42 1.88 12 -41.6%
56 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 2.74 1.84 33 -28.9%
57 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia 3.59 1.79 20 -47.1%
58 University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands 2.18 1.75 11 -14.7%
59 KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 0.54 1.75 25 244.9%
60 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.80 1.75 12 2.6%
61 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 0.85 1.73 24 115.0%
62 Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Netherlands 1.48 1.71 20 22.7%
63 Aarhus University (AU), Denmark 1.74 1.70 13 3.6%
64 Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark 2.07 1.70 14 -12.7%
65 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 2.02 1.67 9 -12.4%
66 University of Konstanz, Germany 0.89 1.65 5 96.3%
67 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 2.05 1.64 31 -15.3%
68 Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Spain 1.02 1.57 5 63.3%
69 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.64 1.55 9 0.0%
70 Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS), Italy 0.51 1.54 14 221.2%
71 Cancer Research UK (CRUK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 1.53 10 414.1%
72 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 0.84 1.49 7 88.2%
73 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 2.39 1.48 3 -34.3%
74 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.47 1.47 5 229.5%
75 Leiden University, Netherlands 1.90 1.45 21 -18.8%
76 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 3.82 1.42 20 -60.5%
77 Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Spain 2.22 1.39 17 -33.4%
78 Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain 1.36 4 N/A
79 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 2.15 1.33 13 -34.2%
80 University of Montpellier, France 1.63 1.32 17 -14.5%
81 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 1.02 1.28 4 33.2%
82 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France 1.04 1.25 9 27.0%
83 University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands 3.79 1.24 29 -65.2%
84 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 0.58 1.23 8 123.8%
85 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 1.52 1.22 16 -14.8%
86 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 2.01 1.22 8 -35.8%
87 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.35 1.21 6 -45.5%
88 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 0.11 1.20 5 1,045.6%
89 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.86 1.19 12 47.6%
90 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway 0.08 1.15 4 1,408.9%
91 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 1.70 1.15 7 -28.5%
92 Ulm University, Germany 1.99 1.11 8 -41.0%
93 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 1.75 1.11 22 -33.0%
94 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 0.12 1.10 8 900.8%
95 European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany 0.65 1.08 12 76.2%
96 University of Innsbruck (LFU), Austria 3.06 1.07 6 -62.8%
97 Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI), Austria 0.00 1.06 2 84,573.0%
98 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 1.14 1.05 17 -2.4%
99 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 0.88 1.04 12 25.7%
100 TU Dortmund University, Germany 1.04 2 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.