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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 167.80 217.70 621 28.2%
3 Tsinghua University, China 136.19 145.34 600 5.5%
4 Peking University (PKU), China 141.83 141.24 587 -1.6%
5 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 108.24 122.94 426 12.2%
6 Nanjing University (NJU), China 121.33 115.11 373 -6.3%
7 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 98.26 113.97 268 14.6%
8 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 97.01 99.84 236 1.7%
9 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 90.40 89.26 191 -2.4%
10 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.75 79.25 237 22.8%
11 Soochow University, China 73.78 75.75 150 1.5%
12 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 41.00 74.77 498 80.2%
13 Kyoto University, Japan 70.44 74.31 245 4.2%
14 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 70.74 71.25 261 -0.5%
15 RIKEN, Japan 58.44 61.52 260 4.0%
16 Fudan University, China 71.81 61.46 175 -15.4%
17 Tohoku University, Japan 78.63 58.69 193 -26.2%
18 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 48.81 54.78 275 10.9%
19 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 35.88 52.88 132 45.6%
20 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 48.24 51.19 117 4.9%
21 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 53.74 48.93 172 -10.0%
22 Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India 44.39 48.54 174 8.1%
23 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 48.56 45.02 182 -8.4%
24 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 46.81 44.67 160 -5.7%
25 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 39.53 43.89 179 9.7%
26 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 52.24 43.32 112 -18.1%
27 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 31.47 42.95 88 34.9%
28 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 42.87 42.81 177 -1.3%
29 Wuhan University (WHU), China 32.98 39.49 132 18.3%
30 Osaka University, Japan 56.39 37.65 180 -34.0%
31 Beihang University (BUAA), China 39.26 36.34 187 -8.5%
32 Jilin University (JLU), China 25.51 36.01 88 39.5%
33 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India 29.70 35.10 174 16.8%
34 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 32.75 34.71 90 4.7%
35 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 37.68 34.66 73 -9.1%
36 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 37.27 34.11 176 -9.6%
37 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 24.93 32.94 119 30.6%
38 Nankai University (NKU), China 34.64 32.78 111 -6.5%
39 Nagoya University, Japan 35.73 32.10 169 -11.2%
40 Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore 23.89 31.75 110 31.3%
41 Tianjin University (TJU), China 24.04 31.11 96 27.9%
42 National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan 25.85 30.91 170 18.2%
43 Yonsei University, South Korea 33.34 30.88 100 -8.5%
44 Xiamen University (XMU), China 29.12 29.91 68 1.5%
45 Southeast University (SEU), China 29.75 29.26 72 -2.8%
46 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 37.44 28.75 123 -24.1%
47 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 30.53 28.25 92 -8.5%
48 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 20.70 27.59 145 31.7%
49 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 32.73 27.20 88 -17.9%
50 Keio University, Japan 26.55 26.99 48 0.5%
51 Shandong University (SDU), China 30.71 26.02 144 -16.3%
52 Korea University, South Korea 24.90 25.35 158 0.6%
53 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 18.09 25.06 69 36.9%
54 Monash University, Australia 32.50 24.40 109 -25.8%
55 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 27.57 24.02 56 -13.9%
56 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 16.57 23.94 71 42.7%
57 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 24.26 23.65 80 -3.7%
58 Hokkaido University, Japan 18.12 23.43 58 27.8%
59 Hunan University (HNU), China 14.09 23.36 57 63.8%
60 Sichuan University (SCU), China 14.05 22.97 61 61.6%
61 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 16.93 22.75 76 32.8%
62 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 20.90 21.91 50 3.6%
63 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 22.51 21.43 138 -5.9%
64 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 18.77 21.09 57 11.0%
65 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 18.40 20.95 72 12.5%
66 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 17.64 20.63 140 15.5%
67 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 21.78 20.32 53 -7.8%
68 Kyushu University, Japan 31.33 19.98 125 -37.0%
69 Academia Sinica, Taiwan 16.12 19.50 189 19.5%
70 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 11.75 18.94 58 59.2%
71 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 14.94 18.87 62 24.8%
72 Tongji University, China 9.30 18.44 61 96.0%
73 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 9.61 18.32 65 88.4%
74 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 11.16 18.10 39 60.3%
75 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 15.69 17.69 40 11.4%
76 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 19.85 16.91 147 -15.8%
77 National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan 21.12 16.83 48 -21.3%
78 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 10.99 16.75 69 50.6%
79 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 27.64 16.44 169 -41.2%
80 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 24.23 16.36 42 -33.3%
81 China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China 13.57 15.58 69 13.5%
82 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 10.59 15.34 35 43.2%
83 Shanghai University (SHU), China 15.03 15.30 42 0.6%
84 Central South University (CSU), China 10.08 15.16 27 48.7%
85 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 13.88 14.95 90 6.5%
86 High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan 15.67 14.68 148 -7.5%
87 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 7.91 14.46 36 80.8%
88 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 11.44 14.33 49 23.8%
89 Shanxi University (SXU), China 11.17 14.04 53 24.2%
90 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 7.20 13.03 23 78.8%
91 Chongqing University (CQU), China 10.21 12.97 35 25.5%
92 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 12.91 12.47 37 -4.5%
93 University of Tsukuba, Japan 17.48 12.39 129 -30.0%
94 Waseda University, Japan 10.26 12.31 95 18.6%
95 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 7.43 11.92 30 58.7%
96 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 9.00 11.85 126 30.1%
97 Griffith University, Australia 10.00 11.50 30 13.6%
98 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 8.39 11.19 107 31.8%
99 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 8.52 11.13 26 29.1%
100 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India 6.07 11.10 105 80.8%

Footnote

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  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.