2018 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 514.81 516.75 1,607 -0.8%
2 Tsinghua University, China 136.19 145.34 600 5.5%
3 Peking University (PKU), China 141.83 141.24 587 -1.6%
4 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 108.24 122.94 426 12.2%
5 Nanjing University (NJU), China 121.33 115.11 373 -6.3%
6 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.75 79.25 237 22.8%
7 Soochow University, China 73.78 75.75 150 1.5%
8 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 41.00 74.77 498 80.2%
9 Fudan University, China 71.81 61.46 175 -15.4%
10 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 48.81 54.78 275 10.9%
11 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 35.88 52.88 132 45.6%
12 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 48.24 51.19 117 4.9%
13 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 46.81 44.67 160 -5.7%
14 Wuhan University (WHU), China 32.98 39.49 132 18.3%
15 Beihang University (BUAA), China 39.26 36.34 187 -8.5%
16 Jilin University (JLU), China 25.51 36.01 88 39.5%
17 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 37.68 34.66 73 -9.1%
18 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 24.93 32.94 119 30.6%
19 Nankai University (NKU), China 34.64 32.78 111 -6.5%
20 Tianjin University (TJU), China 24.04 31.11 96 27.9%
21 Xiamen University (XMU), China 29.12 29.91 68 1.5%
22 Southeast University (SEU), China 29.75 29.26 72 -2.8%
23 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 20.70 27.59 145 31.7%
24 Shandong University (SDU), China 30.71 26.02 144 -16.3%
25 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 18.09 25.06 69 36.9%
26 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 27.57 24.02 56 -13.9%
27 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 16.57 23.94 71 42.7%
28 Hunan University (HNU), China 14.09 23.36 57 63.8%
29 Sichuan University (SCU), China 14.05 22.97 61 61.6%
30 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 16.93 22.75 76 32.8%
31 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 20.90 21.91 50 3.6%
32 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 18.77 21.09 57 11.0%
33 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 17.64 20.63 140 15.5%
34 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 21.78 20.32 53 -7.8%
35 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 11.75 18.94 58 59.2%
36 Tongji University, China 9.30 18.44 61 96.0%
37 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 9.61 18.32 65 88.4%
38 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 11.16 18.10 39 60.3%
39 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 15.69 17.69 40 11.4%
40 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 10.99 16.75 69 50.6%
41 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 24.23 16.36 42 -33.3%
42 China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China 13.57 15.58 69 13.5%
43 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 10.59 15.34 35 43.2%
44 Shanghai University (SHU), China 15.03 15.30 42 0.6%
45 Central South University (CSU), China 10.08 15.16 27 48.7%
46 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 7.91 14.46 36 80.8%
47 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 11.44 14.33 49 23.8%
48 Shanxi University (SXU), China 11.17 14.04 53 24.2%
49 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 7.20 13.03 23 78.8%
50 Chongqing University (CQU), China 10.21 12.97 35 25.5%
51 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 12.91 12.47 37 -4.5%
52 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 7.43 11.92 30 58.7%
53 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 8.39 11.19 107 31.8%
54 People's Liberation Army (PLA), China 8.01 11.00 33 35.7%
55 Xidian University, China 6.99 10.63 21 50.1%
56 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 9.38 9.65 25 1.6%
57 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 6.32 9.35 39 46.2%
58 Nanchang University (NCU), China 3.36 9.20 30 170.7%
59 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China 6.19 9.07 20 44.6%
60 Jinan University (JNU), China 4.84 8.58 24 75.2%
61 Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China 10.48 8.39 40 -20.9%
62 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 10.39 8.23 30 -21.7%
63 North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China 9.78 7.54 16 -23.8%
64 Hebei University (HBU), China 2.66 7.51 13 179.1%
65 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 5.82 7.18 22 22.0%
66 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 11.36 7.09 24 -38.3%
67 Fuzhou University (FZU), China 2.79 7.09 20 150.6%
68 ShanghaiTech University, China 2.94 6.89 39 131.8%
69 Southwest University (SWU), China 3.55 6.51 17 81.1%
70 Northeast Normal University (NENU), China 1.35 6.04 10 342.5%
71 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 6.10 5.98 16 -3.0%
72 Northwest University (NWU), China 1.73 5.66 11 224.2%
73 Yanshan University (YSU), China 3.52 5.65 10 58.6%
74 Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China 1.90 5.50 17 186.5%
75 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 5.69 5.29 20 -8.1%
76 FiberHome Technologies Group, China 3.37 5.07 37 48.7%
77 Yangzhou University (YZU), China 1.72 5.02 11 188.1%
78 Qingdao University (QU), China 3.41 4.89 8 41.6%
79 Henan Normal University, China 5.01 4.87 18 -3.9%
80 Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), China 3.57 4.73 21 31.0%
81 Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China 6.87 4.73 12 -31.9%
82 China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), China 2.99 4.64 35 53.0%
83 Northeastern University (NEU), China 5.18 4.19 9 -20.1%
84 Hunan Normal University (HUNNU), China 3.48 4.02 15 14.2%
85 Ningbo University (NBU), China 1.93 3.86 12 97.5%
86 Harbin Engineering University (HEU), China 2.14 3.86 11 78.4%
87 University of Jinan (UJN), China 4.27 3.84 10 -11.0%
88 University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), China 1.54 3.82 13 144.4%
89 Jiangnan University, China 3.72 3.77 15 0.0%
90 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 1.75 3.49 7 97.1%
91 Lingnan Normal University (LNU), China 1.40 3.47 4 144.7%
92 Henan University (HENU), China 4.11 3.44 10 -17.3%
93 Xiangtan University (XTU), China 2.87 3.39 12 16.8%
94 Qufu Normal University (QFNU), China 0.53 3.36 7 532.3%
95 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 5.20 3.34 26 -36.4%
96 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 0.65 3.29 9 399.6%
97 China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China 0.65 3.28 21 395.4%
98 Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China 3.74 3.26 12 -13.8%
99 China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China 3.20 11 N/A
100 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 5.96 3.08 7 -49.0%

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 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.