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 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 90.40 89.26 191 -2.4%
2 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 70.74 71.25 261 -0.5%
3 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 48.56 45.02 182 -8.4%
4 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 52.24 43.32 112 -18.1%
5 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 31.47 42.95 88 34.9%
6 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 42.87 42.81 177 -1.3%
7 Yonsei University, South Korea 33.34 30.88 100 -8.5%
8 Korea University, South Korea 24.90 25.35 158 0.6%
9 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 22.51 21.43 138 -5.9%
10 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 18.40 20.95 72 12.5%
11 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 8.52 11.13 26 29.1%
12 Samsung Group, South Korea 15.30 10.27 35 -33.7%
13 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 17.86 9.31 23 -48.5%
14 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 6.97 7.25 26 2.7%
15 Dongguk University, South Korea 4.87 6.83 15 38.5%
16 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 5.41 6.73 58 22.8%
17 Sejong University, South Korea 3.64 6.71 34 82.0%
18 Sogang University, South Korea 13.32 6.35 20 -52.9%
19 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 2.36 5.86 19 145.0%
20 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 5.43 5.32 21 -3.2%
21 Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), South Korea 3.28 4.69 13 41.3%
22 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 4.87 4.66 99 -5.3%
23 Kookmin University, South Korea 3.23 4.61 9 40.8%
24 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 3.61 4.48 32 22.5%
25 Korea Institute of Machinery and Material (KIMM), South Korea 2.34 4.00 9 68.9%
26 Chonnam National University, South Korea 1.54 3.98 90 154.7%
27 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 2.28 3.83 83 66.4%
28 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 5.45 3.76 20 -31.7%
29 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 4.95 3.64 18 -27.3%
30 Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), South Korea 3.76 3.61 25 -5.3%
31 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), South Korea 5.88 3.60 16 -39.4%
32 Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), South Korea 3.92 3.44 13 -13.5%
33 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 4.54 3.25 76 -29.4%
34 Konkuk University, South Korea 3.72 2.73 37 -27.4%
35 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 1.56 2.52 13 59.8%
36 Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), South Korea 3.49 2.49 40 -29.5%
37 Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), South Korea 6.91 2.39 7 -65.8%
38 Soongsil University, South Korea 2.44 2.26 20 -8.3%
39 Inha University, South Korea 3.64 2.22 25 -39.8%
40 Kangwon National University, South Korea 0.47 1.87 10 294.8%
41 Korea Aerospace University (KAU), South Korea 0.53 1.87 4 245.9%
42 Yeungnam University, South Korea 1.36 1.85 8 33.9%
43 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 0.56 1.83 5 226.3%
44 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 2.19 1.53 7 -31.2%
45 Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea 0.92 1.50 2 61.7%
46 Incheon National University (INU), South Korea 4.41 1.46 8 -67.3%
47 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), South Korea 0.33 1.43 5 333.2%
48 Korea National University of Transportation (KNUT), South Korea 0.29 1.33 2 361.1%
49 Dong-A University, South Korea 0.25 1.17 2 361.1%
50 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), South Korea 1.75 1.04 4 -41.3%
51 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 0.41 1.02 6 144.9%
52 Hanbat National University, South Korea 0.14 1.00 2 624.6%
52 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 0.14 1.00 1 591.7%
53 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 0.70 0.99 7 40.6%
54 Korea Maritime and Ocean University, South Korea 0.39 0.95 2 138.3%
55 Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center (KANC), South Korea 0.25 0.95 2 274.7%
56 LG Corporation, South Korea 2.24 0.87 4 -61.8%
57 Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), South Korea 1.22 0.86 5 -30.5%
58 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 1.39 0.78 5 -44.5%
59 South Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD), South Korea 0.88 0.73 4 -17.8%
60 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 0.80 0.68 9 -16.1%
61 Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), South Korea 0.11 0.60 1 433.6%
62 Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), South Korea 0.08 0.60 2 610.5%
63 SK holdings, South Korea 0.36 0.51 3 40.4%
64 Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), South Korea 1.56 0.50 3 -68.2%
65 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.50 1 N/A
66 Kongju National University, South Korea 0.76 0.49 2 -36.0%
67 Sunchon National University (SCNU), South Korea 1.10 0.48 3 -57.3%
68 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 0.13 0.45 4 252.6%
69 Daegu University, South Korea 0.45 3 N/A
70 Amotech Corporation, South Korea 0.40 1 N/A
71 Myongji University, South Korea 1.11 0.40 2 -64.9%
72 Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET), South Korea 0.21 0.39 4 86.4%
73 Korea Photonics Technology Institute (KOPTI), South Korea 0.48 0.37 2 -22.4%
74 Gumi Electronics and Information Technology Research Institute, South Korea 0.35 2 N/A
75 Mokpo National University, South Korea 0.34 2 N/A
76 Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI), South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
76 Elchemtech Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
76 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
76 Sangmyung University, South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
77 Kunsan National University, South Korea 0.50 0.31 2 -38.8%
78 Wonkwang University, South Korea 0.75 0.31 4 -59.6%
79 Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), South Korea 0.24 0.30 42 23.7%
80 University of Suwon (USW), South Korea 0.13 0.27 2 110.8%
81 Daejeon University, South Korea 0.17 0.25 1 48.2%
82 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 1.10 0.24 2 -78.8%
82 Dongduk Women's University (DWU), South Korea 0.24 2 N/A
82 Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), South Korea 1.14 0.24 2 -79.6%
83 Hongik University, South Korea 1.17 0.22 1 -81.2%
83 Solip Tech Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.22 1 N/A
84 Tomocube, Inc., South Korea 0.22 2 N/A
85 Soft-Epi Incorporation, South Korea 0.20 2 N/A
86 Interojo Inc., South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
86 A-Tech System Ltd., South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
87 Cheongju University, South Korea 0.17 2 N/A
88 KB BioMed Inc., South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
89 Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
90 Kyungil University, South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
91 Gyeongbuk Science and Technology Promotion Center (GBSP), South Korea 0.13 0.10 1 -24.1%
91 Virtual Lab. Inc., South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
91 RoboPrint, South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
91 Phi Biomed Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
92 Hallym University, South Korea 0.21 0.09 1 -56.9%
93 National Cancer Center (NCC), South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
93 Systran International, South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
93 BSP Tech Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.13 0.08 1 -39.2%
93 Ceracomp Co. Ltd., South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
94 Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology (GNTECH), South Korea 0.07 1 N/A
95 Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU), South Korea 0.08 0.06 18 -15.1%
96 Kyonggi University (KGU), South Korea 0.09 0.06 1 -32.1%
96 Gwangju Health University, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
97 Institute of MD Healthcare, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
98 BIO-FD&C Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
98 Hankyong National University, South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
98 Daegu Haany University, South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
99 Graphene Square Inc. (GSI), South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
100 National Meteorological Satellite Center (NMSC), South Korea 0.04 1 N/A

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.