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 Max Planck Society, Germany 318.38 311.73 1,088 -3.2%
2 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 193.46 186.90 842 -4.5%
3 Leibniz Association, Germany 75.30 66.32 222 -13.0%
4 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 62.78 54.22 201 -14.7%
5 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 47.83 49.96 228 3.2%
6 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 38.20 47.59 172 23.1%
7 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 55.84 47.34 230 -16.2%
8 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 36.31 45.83 220 24.7%
9 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 50.21 43.05 202 -15.3%
10 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 39.62 35.67 246 -11.0%
11 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 30.69 31.96 249 2.9%
12 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 24.13 29.46 171 20.6%
13 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 31.82 28.44 56 -11.7%
14 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 25.21 27.92 125 9.4%
15 University of Göttingen, Germany 17.91 26.32 129 45.2%
16 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 30.26 25.88 95 -15.5%
17 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 22.30 21.18 59 -6.2%
18 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 15.83 20.78 121 29.7%
19 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 23.87 20.46 175 -15.3%
20 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 22.08 20.16 87 -9.8%
21 University of Stuttgart, Germany 27.53 20.15 73 -27.7%
22 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 21.01 19.70 67 -7.4%
23 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 15.45 19.39 89 24.0%
24 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 13.57 17.94 80 30.7%
25 Ulm University, Germany 15.97 17.32 63 7.1%
26 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 16.47 17.31 65 3.8%
27 TU Dortmund University, Germany 16.57 17.31 168 3.2%
28 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 18.98 15.29 77 -20.4%
29 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 14.91 15.16 62 0.5%
30 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 10.38 15.09 54 43.6%
31 University of Konstanz, Germany 18.86 15.07 32 -21.1%
32 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 12.21 14.54 40 17.6%
33 Leipzig University, Germany 16.75 11.62 27 -31.5%
34 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 11.69 10.81 25 -8.6%
35 University of Siegen, Germany 13.25 10.61 90 -20.9%
36 European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany 9.39 10.01 86 5.3%
37 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 12.49 9.12 54 -27.8%
38 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 6.34 9.00 29 40.4%
39 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 7.67 8.60 17 10.8%
40 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 13.85 8.46 22 -39.7%
41 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 2.59 7.93 110 202.1%
42 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 12.57 7.54 21 -40.7%
43 Bielefeld University, Germany 6.60 7.51 19 12.5%
44 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 6.92 7.51 22 7.3%
45 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 5.19 7.10 25 35.1%
46 University of Augsburg, Germany 6.03 7.04 26 15.4%
47 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany 5.28 6.98 23 30.6%
48 University of Potsdam, Germany 6.83 6.77 29 -2.0%
49 University of Paderborn (UPB), Germany 5.51 6.43 19 15.3%
50 Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau), Germany 6.79 5.58 10 -18.7%
51 University of Rostock, Germany 5.07 4.77 65 -7.0%
52 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 7.60 4.64 14 -39.6%
53 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Germany 2.86 4.58 15 58.2%
54 University of Wuppertal, Germany 4.40 4.17 83 -6.3%
55 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 5.80 4.14 15 -29.4%
56 European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL), Germany 3.97 3.85 31 -4.3%
57 University of Kassel, Germany 3.30 3.62 11 8.3%
58 Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany 3.96 3.54 12 -11.6%
59 University of Oldenburg, Germany 2.99 3.36 8 11.1%
60 University of Greifswald, Germany 1.95 3.15 7 59.2%
61 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 1.54 2.90 6 86.3%
62 Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), Germany 5.08 2.78 12 -46.0%
63 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany 2.45 2.77 6 11.7%
64 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 2.77 2.71 8 -3.2%
65 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 0.73 2.14 10 190.4%
66 Infineon Technologies AG, Germany 0.06 2.13 4 3,689.6%
67 Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Germany 2.51 2.09 10 -17.7%
68 Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany 1.97 4 N/A
69 Merck KGaA, Germany 1.01 1.86 3 80.9%
70 Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), Germany 1.50 1.84 42 21.0%
71 Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), Germany 2.72 1.79 19 -34.9%
71 Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern e.V. (PZKL), Germany 2.72 1.79 19 -34.9%
72 Center for Nanotechnology GmbH (CeNTech GmbH), Germany 2.56 1.30 6 -49.9%
73 European X-ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (XFEL), Germany 1.36 1.25 16 -9.5%
74 Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH), Germany 0.35 1.24 5 245.3%
75 BASF SE, Germany 2.93 0.73 11 -75.4%
76 Abberior Instruments GmbH, Germany 0.64 2 N/A
77 University of Lübeck, Germany 0.40 0.58 4 42.7%
78 Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (BTU), Germany 0.27 0.57 44 111.8%
79 Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Germany 1.17 0.56 5 -52.9%
80 Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR), Germany 0.52 2 N/A
81 Institute for Solar Energy Research GmbH Hameln / Emmerthal (ISFH), Germany 0.37 0.50 1 34.7%
81 Trumpf Laser GmbH, Germany 0.44 0.50 1 11.2%
81 Bruker BioSpin GmbH, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
81 Protemics GmbH, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
82 Siemens AG, Germany 0.40 0.45 7 10.4%
83 OSRAM AG, Germany 1.02 0.42 1 -59.5%
84 Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Germany 0.75 0.40 2 -47.7%
85 Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Germany 0.26 0.40 7 48.8%
86 University of Erfurt, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
86 ez SQUID, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
87 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.14 0.31 2 115.2%
87 Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany 1.41 0.31 2 -78.2%
88 Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.28 1 N/A
89 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 2.31 0.27 3 -88.6%
90 Singulus Technologies AG, Germany 0.66 0.25 2 -61.7%
91 Kurt-Schwabe-Institut (KSI), Germany 0.10 0.25 1 147.0%
91 INNOVENT e.V. Technologieentwicklung Jena, Germany 0.22 0.25 1 12.4%
91 Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
91 Bauhaus University, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
92 Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN), Germany 0.14 0.24 2 67.2%
93 Evonik Industries AG, Germany 0.23 2 N/A
94 Helmut Schmidt University, Germany 0.22 1 N/A
95 Bundeswehr, Germany 0.18 0.22 4 21.5%
96 VITCON Projectconsult GmbH, Germany 0.20 2 N/A
97 Neaspec GmbH, Germany 0.06 0.20 1 255.7%
97 Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
98 Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Germany 0.03 0.18 4 613.3%
99 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 0.18 5 N/A
100 iThera Medical GmbH, Germany 0.09 0.17 1 81.2%
100 Nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.63 0.17 1 -73.6%
100 Global Climate Forum e.V. (GCF), Germany 0.17 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.