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2018 tables: Institutions - physical sciences

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The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

2017 Institution Share 2016 Share 2017
1 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 67.12 72.11
2 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia 47.94 47.23
3 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 37.19 41.69
4 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 34.97 39.64
5 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), Israel 56.85 39.41
6 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel 12.77 17.15
7 Bar-Ilan University (BIU), Israel 13.74 13.41
8 Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Iran 14.42 10.04
9 Bilkent University, Turkey 10.62 8.23
10 COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Pakistan 5.37 6.95
11 Yerevan State University (YSU), Armenia 5.47 6.55
12 University of the Punjab, Pakistan 7.8 6.02
13 Shahid Beheshti University (SBU), Iran 3.53 5.49
14 University of Tehran (UT), Iran 3.59 4.12
15 National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), Pakistan 4
16 Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan (IUB), Pakistan 0.25 3.58
17 University of Tabriz, Iran 0.13 3.5
18 Shiraz University, Iran 10.27 3.33
19 Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran 3.15 3.26
20 Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey 2.14 3.05
21 Ruppin Academic Center, Israel 3
21 Hadassah Academic College, Israel 3
22 Damghan University, Iran 0.33 2.92
23 Shahrood University of Technology, Iran 2.83
24 Ariel University (AU), Israel 1.81 2.48
25 L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU), Kazakhstan 1.08 2.3
26 University of Central Punjab (UCP), Pakistan 0.01 2.27
27 Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), Turkey 1.05 2.26
28 American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon 1.25 2.25
29 Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM), Iran 4.46 2.2
30 Koç University (KU), Turkey 1.45 2.2
31 University of Nizwa, Oman 0.75 2.08
32 Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Iran 3.24 1.93
33 Nazarbayev University (NU), Kazakhstan 1.41 1.93
34 Islamic Azad University (IAU), Iran 1.67 1.88
35 Yazd University, Iran 0.75 1.76
36 University of Sistan and Baluchestan (USB), Iran 1.7
37 Government College University (GCU), Pakistan 2.56 1.69
38 University of Education, Pakistan 0.5 1.67
38 Kocaeli University, Turkey 1 1.67
39 King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia 2.06 1.56
40 Istanbul University, Turkey 0.04 1.54
41 Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates 1.61 1.53
42 Boğaziçi University (BU), Turkey 2.12 1.49
43 Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC), Israel 0.33 1.4
44 Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), Israel 0.17 1.38
45 University of Management and Technology (UMT), Pakistan 2.25 1.33
46 Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Kazakhstan 0.44 1.28
47 Doğuş University (DOU), Turkey 1.03 1.17
48 University of Qom, Iran 1 1.17
49 Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey 3.24 1.11
50 Alzahra University, Iran 0.37 1.11
51 Research Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics of Maragha (RIAAM), Iran 3.24 1.08
52 Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Iran 0.41 1.08
53 Hacettepe University, Turkey 0.09 1.06
54 Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran 0.67 1
54 Pamukkale University (PAU), Turkey 1
54 Sirjan University of Technology, Iran 1
54 Urmia University, Iran 1
54 Open University of Israel (OPENU), Israel 1.23 1
54 Baku State University, Azerbaijan 0.33 1
55 King Saud University (KSU), Saudi Arabia 1.77 0.93
56 Vali-e-Asr University of Rafsanjan (VRU), Iran 0.9
57 Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgia 0.62 0.89
58 National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan 1.9 0.88
59 Sabanci University (SU), Turkey 1.91 0.85
60 University of Haifa (HU), Israel 1.19 0.82
61 Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Pakistan 0.4 0.79
62 Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar 0.46 0.79
63 Ege University, Turkey 0.76
64 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia 0.17 0.75
64 Karabük University, Turkey 0.75
65 Taibah University, Saudi Arabia 0.67
65 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan 0.67
65 Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Iran 3.13 0.67
66 National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS), Armenia 0.31 0.63
67 Çukurova University, Turkey 0.58 0.61
68 National Centre for Physics (NCP), Pakistan 0.95 0.59
69 Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan (UzAS), Uzbekistan 1.59 0.55
70 Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University (COMU), Turkey 0.02 0.53
71 University of Engineering and Technology - Lahore (UET Lahore), Pakistan 0.52
72 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey 0.01 0.51
73 International Islamic University (IIU), Pakistan 0.5
73 University of Ayatollah Ozma Borujerdi, Iran 0.5
73 İzmir University of Economics, Turkey 0.5
73 Farhangian University (CFU), Iran 0.5
74 ORT Braude College of Engineering (OBC), Israel 0.51 0.48
75 Gazi University, Turkey 0.33 0.45
76 Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), Israel 0.43
77 Qatar University, Qatar 1.25 0.4
78 University of Zanjan, Iran 0.4
79 United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), United Arab Emirates 0.67 0.39
80 Ankara University, Turkey 1.34 0.39
81 Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University (SRTTU), Iran 0.25 0.38
82 Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), Saudi Arabia 0.04 0.35
83 Ministry of Defense (MOD), Israel 0.33
83 University of Kashan, Iran 0.5 0.33
83 Damascus University, Syria 0.25 0.33
83 Başkent University, Turkey 3.45 0.33
83 Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute (GSPI), Armenia 0.33
83 Lahore Leads University, Pakistan 0.17 0.33
84 King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia 0.55 0.31
85 Cristal Global, Saudi Arabia 0.29
86 Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), Turkey 0.28
87 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan 0.5 0.28
88 Ilia State University, Georgia 0.44 0.26
89 Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar 3.51 0.25
90 Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU), Saudi Arabia 0.33 0.25
90 University of Isfahan (UI), Iran 0.25
90 Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Saudi Arabia 0.25
90 Graduate University of Advanced Technology (GUAT), Iran 0.25
90 Aspire College, Pakistan 0.25
90 Iran Science and Technology Museum (IRSTM), Iran 0.25 0.25
91 National Academy of Sciences the Republic of Kazakhstan (NAS), Kazakhstan 0.2 0.25
92 Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman 0.24
93 Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Azerbaijan 1.33 0.22
94 Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia 0.45 0.2
95 University of Turkish Aeronautical Association (UTAA), Turkey 0.17 0.2
95 Abdullah Gül University, Turkey 0.17 0.2
95 University of Al-Qadisiyah, Iraq 0.2
95 University of Guilan (GU), Iran 1 0.2
96 Al-Mustansiriya University, Iraq 0.18
97 Yarmouk University, Jordan 0.18
98 Yildiz Technical University (YTU), Turkey 0.01 0.17
99 Khazar University, Azerbaijan 0.17
99 The University of Jordan, Jordan 0.06 0.17
99 Young Researchers and Elite Club, Iran 0.25 0.17
99 PolyPid Ltd., Israel 0.17
99 National University of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan 0.19 0.17
100 Lorestan University, Iran 0.5 0.15

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 Nature Index database undergoes regular updating, corrections, adjustment of institutional hierarchies, and removal of retracted papers and thus the live website can differ from the frozen annual tables.

*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 2019 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.