2019 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

The 2019 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2017 Share 2018 Count 2018 Change in Adjusted Share 2017-2018*
1 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 25.95 42.07 154 48.0%
2 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 31.65 37.37 140 7.8%
3 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 31.13 33.11 114 -2.9%
4 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 25.30 30.41 125 9.7%
5 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 30.07 28.34 105 -14.0%
6 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 17.48 21.58 83 12.7%
7 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 14.97 19.97 78 21.8%
8 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 14.91 19.72 86 20.7%
9 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 16.05 18.70 69 6.3%
10 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 17.08 18.17 94 -2.9%
11 Met Office, United Kingdom (UK) 10.30 14.27 58 26.5%
12 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 15.93 13.64 66 -21.9%
13 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 9.12 13.50 50 35.2%
14 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 15.28 10.85 42 -35.2%
15 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 14.74 10.72 55 -33.6%
16 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 11.07 10.31 56 -15.0%
17 NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom (UK) 10.33 10.16 63 -10.2%
18 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.47 9.30 51 13.7%
19 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 4.68 8.16 35 59.0%
20 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 9.74 7.87 44 -26.3%
21 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 4.28 6.73 24 43.3%
22 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 5.93 6.21 28 -4.5%
23 British Geological Survey (BGS), United Kingdom (UK) 4.85 6.04 32 13.6%
24 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 6.05 5.95 30 -10.1%
25 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 4.35 5.93 23 24.3%
26 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 10.20 5.83 35 -47.8%
27 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.95 5.64 19 74.6%
28 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 4.35 5.59 29 17.2%
29 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 2.02 5.45 28 146.1%
30 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 5.73 5.36 26 -14.7%
31 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 9.91 4.33 21 -60.2%
32 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 7.41 4.24 51 -47.8%
33 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.75 4.02 16 109.5%
34 NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), United Kingdom (UK) 3.80 3.86 28 -7.1%
35 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 3.91 3.10 20 -27.8%
36 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 3.39 3.03 16 -18.4%
37 European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), United Kingdom (UK) 2.90 3.00 15 -5.6%
38 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 1.05 2.37 12 107.2%
39 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.09 2.28 12 91.0%
40 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 0.82 2.21 15 146.1%
41 NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), United Kingdom (UK) 2.27 2.20 29 -11.6%
42 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.46 2.16 11 -19.7%
43 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 1.79 2.16 11 10.3%
44 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.23 2.06 5 53.5%
45 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 1.63 2.01 12 12.9%
46 Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.93 1.70 13 65.9%
47 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.81 1.65 8 -46.4%
48 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 2.64 1.62 16 -44.1%
49 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.78 1.56 8 -19.9%
50 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.45 1.51 10 -5.0%
51 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.78 1.28 11 50.5%
52 United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom (UK) 1.42 1.26 11 -18.8%
53 Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom (UK) 2.52 1.26 5 -54.5%
54 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.01 1.23 9 -44.0%
55 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.58 1.12 7 76.4%
56 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.04 2 N/A
57 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1.02 4 273.2%
58 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1.00 3 812.7%
59 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.96 0.94 9 -71.0%
60 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.89 0.93 2 -4.0%
61 Marine Biological Association of the UK, United Kingdom (UK) 0.90 6 N/A
62 Zoological Society of London (ZSL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.68 0.87 4 17.4%
63 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.22 0.87 4 266.4%
64 Anglo American plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.92 0.85 3 -15.4%
65 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 0.80 1 N/A
66 SpectrumGeo Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.78 2 N/A
67 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.77 6 1,449.9%
68 The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 1.19 0.76 3 -41.7%
69 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.76 0.70 2 -63.8%
70 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 0.81 0.67 2 -24.8%
71 Bournemouth University (BU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 0.65 3 312.4%
72 Scottish Water, United Kingdom (UK) 0.60 0.63 2 -4.2%
73 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 0.60 3 63.2%
74 University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1 N/A
74 Integrated Geochemical Interpretation Ltd (IGI Ltd), United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1 N/A
75 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 0.39 0.46 4 7.0%
76 Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.46 3 N/A
77 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 0.45 3 -59.2%
78 Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.70 0.40 3 -47.4%
79 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 0.40 2 508.7%
80 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 0.35 3 -3.0%
81 Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.34 5 N/A
82 Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.33 1 569.3%
82 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 0.33 1 173.8%
82 Edge Hill University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 2 N/A
83 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 1.92 0.33 4 -84.5%
84 Cambridge Econometrics, United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 2 N/A
85 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 1 N/A
86 Severn Trent Water Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.31 1 N/A
87 Abertay University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 0.31 2 154.3%
88 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 3 N/A
89 National Museums Scotland, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 2 N/A
90 National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 2 N/A
91 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 1.71 0.27 2 -85.7%
92 FTSE Russell, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
92 Faculty, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
92 Thames Water Utilities Limited, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
92 York St John University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
92 Vortex Recources Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
92 The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
93 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.64 0.25 2 -64.9%
94 Natural England, United Kingdom (UK) 0.23 1 N/A
95 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 0.21 2 169.2%
96 Environment Agency, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 0.20 1 -27.0%
96 Silixa Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 0.20 1 -54.4%
96 University of Bradford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
96 Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
97 The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
98 WS Atkins plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 2 N/A
99 BP plc, United Kingdom (UK) 1.11 0.19 2 -84.6%
100 RPS Group Plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 2 N/A
100 Tullow Oil plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.17 1 21.7%
100 Church of England, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
100 PA Consulting Group, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
100 NPComplete Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
100 Oxfam GB, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 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.