2018 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - corporate

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 Oxford Instruments, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1.48 4 645.0%
2 Johnson Matthey (JM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 0.96 8 469.9%
3 BAE Systems, United Kingdom (UK) 0.53 0.68 2 26.3%
4 Unilever, United Kingdom (UK) 0.37 0.65 3 75.9%
5 PragmatIC Printing Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.63 1 N/A
6 Anglo American plc, United Kingdom (UK) 2.52 0.60 3 -76.7%
7 Kromek Group plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.56 1 N/A
8 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.27 0.52 2 88.0%
9 Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.18 0.50 1 171.7%
10 FlexEnable Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.40 1 216.2%
11 BP plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 0.39 2 49.8%
12 M Squared Lasers, United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 1 N/A
13 IQE plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.44 0.37 2 -18.8%
14 Nanoforce Technology Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
15 First Light Fusion Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.29 2 1,341.1%
16 Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.42 0.25 1 -41.3%
16 Meggitt PLC, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
17 LMK Thermosafe Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.22 1 N/A
18 GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 0.20 1 14,476.5%
18 De La Rue, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
19 FindMyPast Newspaper Archive Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
20 Cambridge Quantum Computing Limited (CQC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 1 N/A
21 Orthox Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
21 MIP Diagnostics Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1 N/A
22 JEOL (UK) Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 2 N/A
23 Memsstar Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
23 Micro Materials Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1 N/A
24 Aylesbury Automation Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
25 Deloitte MCS Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1 N/A
26 Avacta Group Plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 1 N/A
26 Nanolayers Research Computing Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 1 N/A
27 XAAR plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
27 Nikaworks Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
28 Magnus Life Science, United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 1 N/A
29 Rolls-Royce plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 0.06 3 1,187.6%
29 WS Atkins plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 0.06 3 1,187.6%
30 Ilika plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1 N/A
30 Abaco Systems Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1 N/A
31 Immunocore Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 1 N/A
31 Cellular Therapeutics Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 1 N/A
32 Base4 Innovation Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 1 N/A
33 Finden Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1 N/A
34 Bio Nano Consulting, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
35 Genomics England Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 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.
  3. Nature Index recognizes that many other factors must be taken into account when considering research quality and institutional performance; Nature Index metrics alone should not be used to assess institutions or individuals.
  4. Nature Index data and methods are transparent and available under a creative commons licence at natureindex.com.

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 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.