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 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 162.40 145.72 507 -11.3%
2 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 126.98 116.49 445 -9.3%
3 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 78.89 76.44 365 -4.3%
4 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 57.64 44.80 120 -23.2%
5 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 52.76 42.82 185 -19.8%
6 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 46.58 42.57 221 -9.7%
7 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 33.94 39.72 248 15.7%
8 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 27.50 31.67 241 13.8%
9 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 31.44 30.17 149 -5.2%
10 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 23.44 28.26 209 19.2%
11 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 15.15 27.98 191 82.5%
12 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 23.04 24.78 214 6.3%
13 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 24.14 24.51 64 0.3%
14 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 22.19 19.87 136 -11.5%
15 Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK) 18.51 19.21 344 2.5%
16 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 12.61 18.21 49 42.7%
17 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 20.91 17.65 199 -16.6%
18 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 15.89 17.28 196 7.5%
19 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 13.72 16.58 38 19.4%
20 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 12.27 16.24 108 30.8%
21 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 19.40 15.88 138 -19.1%
22 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 13.98 14.59 85 3.1%
23 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 13.92 12.88 52 -8.6%
24 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 12.23 11.63 36 -6.0%
25 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 12.39 10.78 41 -14.0%
26 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 6.24 10.13 49 60.5%
27 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 8.51 9.08 37 5.4%
28 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 8.58 8.93 104 2.9%
29 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 11.17 8.78 35 -22.3%
30 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.68 6.79 15 150.7%
31 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 6.34 6.74 24 5.0%
32 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 8.40 6.60 32 -22.3%
33 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.77 6.17 95 119.9%
34 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 6.22 5.67 39 -10.0%
35 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 3.66 4.70 21 27.0%
36 National Physical Laboratory (NPL), United Kingdom (UK) 4.54 4.61 28 0.4%
37 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.78 3.78 9 110.3%
38 Aston University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.01 3.70 9 81.7%
39 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 3.35 10 1,814.3%
40 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 2.56 3.01 23 16.3%
41 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.79 3.00 9 274.7%
42 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.42 2.49 6 73.8%
43 University of Hertfordshire (UH), United Kingdom (UK) 1.23 2.16 17 73.5%
44 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 3.54 2.16 23 -39.9%
45 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.80 2.15 12 18.1%
46 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 4.34 2.10 8 -52.3%
47 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 0.48 2.01 13 310.9%
48 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 1.82 1.94 7 5.6%
49 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.59 3 N/A
50 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.88 1.56 5 74.0%
51 Oxford Instruments, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1.48 4 645.0%
52 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.43 1.48 13 -40.1%
53 City, University of London (CUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.17 1.45 3 22.8%
54 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 2.31 1.43 4 -38.8%
55 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.56 1.43 8 -44.9%
56 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 1.30 3 N/A
57 Armagh Observatory, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1.30 2 549.1%
58 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.70 1.10 4 55.6%
59 Johnson Matthey (JM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 0.96 8 469.9%
60 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.91 2 N/A
61 British Geological Survey (BGS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.30 0.86 1 182.3%
62 UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), United Kingdom (UK) 2.20 0.81 8 -63.6%
63 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 2.16 0.72 5 -67.0%
64 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.91 0.70 5 -24.5%
65 BAE Systems, United Kingdom (UK) 0.53 0.68 2 26.3%
66 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.65 4 N/A
67 Unilever, United Kingdom (UK) 0.37 0.65 3 75.9%
68 PragmatIC Printing Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.63 1 N/A
69 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.67 0.62 2 -77.1%
70 Anglo American plc, United Kingdom (UK) 2.52 0.60 3 -76.7%
71 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.21 0.58 71 170.3%
72 John Innes Centre (JIC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.56 2 N/A
73 Kromek Group plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.56 1 N/A
74 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.27 0.52 2 88.0%
75 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.51 3 989.9%
76 Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 0.50 1 171.7%
76 Kingston University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1 N/A
77 FlexEnable Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.40 1 216.2%
77 Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 0.40 2 -20.9%
78 BP plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 0.39 2 49.8%
79 London Institute for Mathematical Sciences (LIMS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 0.38 1 344.7%
79 M Squared Lasers, United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 1 N/A
80 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 0.37 3 491.0%
81 IQE plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.44 0.37 2 -18.8%
82 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 0.34 3 N/A
83 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.22 0.33 1 48.2%
83 St Paul’s Girls’ School, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
83 Nanoforce Technology Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
83 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
84 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.33 4 1,370.0%
85 Robert Gordon University (RGU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.31 2 N/A
86 First Light Fusion Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.29 2 1,341.1%
87 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom (UK) 2.05 0.27 4 -87.2%
88 University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 0.25 1 -38.2%
88 Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.42 0.25 1 -41.3%
88 Meggitt PLC, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
89 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.24 8 359.7%
90 LMK Thermosafe Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.22 1 N/A
91 Cancer Research UK (CRUK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 0.21 1 207.8%
92 NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), United Kingdom (UK) 0.21 1 N/A
93 GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 0.20 1 14,476.5%
93 De La Rue, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
94 University of the West of Scotland (UWS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.75 0.20 19 -74.1%
95 Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.19 1 N/A
96 NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 2 N/A
97 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 0.18 8 -56.1%
98 University of Bolton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
98 FindMyPast Newspaper Archive Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
98 University of Bradford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
98 Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
98 The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
99 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 0.16 2 -45.4%
100 Cambridge Quantum Computing Limited (CQC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 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.