2019 tables: Institutions - life 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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 94.07 95.32 278 -5.8%
2 Kyoto University, Japan 57.24 66.52 199 8.0%
3 RIKEN, Japan 60.53 61.50 216 -5.5%
4 Osaka University, Japan 43.40 47.58 156 1.9%
5 Nagoya University, Japan 25.88 24.94 91 -10.4%
6 Kyushu University, Japan 29.20 22.67 84 -27.8%
7 Hokkaido University, Japan 22.13 20.58 74 -13.6%
8 Tohoku University, Japan 22.52 20.58 64 -15.1%
9 Keio University, Japan 15.94 15.63 55 -8.8%
10 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 12.81 13.72 47 -0.4%
11 University of Tsukuba, Japan 9.20 13.60 46 37.4%
12 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 3.11 11.56 30 245.1%
13 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 8.86 10.24 43 7.4%
14 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 9.80 10.08 46 -4.4%
15 Okayama University, Japan 8.21 9.16 29 3.7%
16 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 8.50 9.07 37 -0.8%
17 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 5.52 8.62 48 45.3%
18 Chiba University, Japan 7.52 8.32 38 2.8%
19 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan 9.64 7.26 37 -30.0%
20 Kumamoto University, Japan 7.10 6.78 29 -11.3%
21 Kobe University, Japan 9.52 6.45 30 -37.1%
22 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 3.95 6.22 29 46.3%
23 National Cancer Center (NCC), Japan 2.85 6.06 25 97.8%
24 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 4.93 5.70 31 7.4%
25 Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (IGAKUKEN), Japan 7.46 5.64 10 -29.8%
26 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 4.40 5.64 20 19.1%
27 Gunma University, Japan 6.16 5.57 21 -15.9%
28 University of Toyama, Japan 4.06 4.74 12 8.4%
29 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 7.92 4.61 35 -45.9%
30 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Japan 5.19 4.45 17 -20.2%
31 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 2.09 3.77 22 67.2%
32 National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Japan 3.69 3.69 12 -6.9%
33 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan 2.29 3.63 12 47.3%
34 Tokushima University, Japan 3.12 3.59 16 6.8%
35 Konan University, Japan 0.90 3.46 7 259.2%
36 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 2.03 3.46 8 58.6%
37 University of Fukui, Japan 0.57 3.36 15 451.9%
38 Juntendo University, Japan 4.26 3.28 20 -28.4%
39 Niigata University, Japan 5.62 2.99 19 -50.5%
40 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 0.41 2.92 14 569.2%
41 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 0.66 2.73 14 286.8%
42 Yamaguchi University, Japan 2.89 2.69 8 -13.5%
43 University of Hyogo, Japan 1.66 2.67 8 49.6%
44 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 2.02 2.61 6 19.8%
45 Nagoya City University, Japan 3.58 2.60 12 -32.4%
46 National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan 3.27 2.33 19 -33.8%
47 Nagasaki University, Japan 1.50 2.31 13 43.4%
48 Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (JFCR), Japan 4.63 2.27 17 -54.4%
49 University of Miyazaki, Japan 2.81 2.22 8 -26.6%
50 Waseda University, Japan 3.85 2.18 15 -47.4%
51 National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan 1.92 2.06 14 0.1%
52 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 1.60 2.06 9 20.0%
53 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 1.35 2.01 12 39.2%
54 Jichi Medical University, Japan 1.16 1.96 15 56.9%
55 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 1.80 1.95 7 0.3%
56 National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Japan 0.40 1.92 7 349.9%
57 University of Yamanashi, Japan 1.32 1.83 12 29.1%
58 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 1.89 1.83 9 -10.1%
59 Tokai University, Japan 0.54 1.76 6 200.4%
60 National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), Japan 2.26 1.75 10 -28.2%
61 Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.42 1.70 6 279.3%
62 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 1.57 1.70 8 0.5%
63 Nihon University, Japan 1.96 1.64 9 -22.4%
64 Mie University, Japan 0.77 1.63 9 96.2%
65 Saga University, Japan 0.43 1.57 5 235.8%
66 Chubu University, Japan 0.04 1.55 8 3,639.9%
67 Tokyo Medical University, Japan 0.13 1.53 7 1,040.2%
68 Ehime University, Japan 1.67 1.52 6 -15.2%
69 National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan 0.99 1.52 12 42.9%
70 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 2.52 1.51 11 -44.2%
71 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.78 1.48 7 -22.6%
72 National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan 0.42 1.38 10 203.4%
73 Sosei Co., Ltd., Japan 1.58 1.36 6 -19.7%
74 Shizuoka University, Japan 0.91 1.35 2 38.7%
75 Aichi Medical University, Japan 0.33 1.31 5 274.9%
76 Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Japan 1.04 1.31 4 17.2%
77 National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD), Japan 0.94 1.29 8 28.3%
78 National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN), Japan 1.32 1.29 7 -9.2%
79 National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG), Japan 0.63 1.27 4 87.3%
80 Kansai Medical University (KMU), Japan 0.05 1.26 7 2,118.5%
81 Tottori University, Japan 1.25 1.23 4 -8.7%
82 Astellas Pharma Inc., Japan 0.00 1.23 7 36,154.1%
83 Fujita Health University, Japan 0.95 1.18 8 15.4%
84 Kurume University, Japan 1.64 1.18 8 -33.4%
85 Saitama University, Japan 0.99 1.17 8 10.3%
86 Kindai University, Japan 0.67 1.17 12 61.0%
87 St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan 0.10 1.15 4 968.7%
88 Meiji University, Japan 0.19 1.13 4 462.7%
89 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 2.31 1.12 6 -54.8%
90 National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC), Japan 1.77 1.12 8 -41.3%
91 Fukuoka Dental College, Japan 0.67 1.12 3 55.0%
92 Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan 1.27 1.11 4 -19.0%
93 Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), Japan 2.31 1.10 19 -55.6%
94 Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University (TMPU), Japan 0.35 1.07 4 182.9%
95 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 0.67 1.06 5 47.5%
96 Showa University, Japan 0.27 1.03 10 259.7%
97 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 0.80 1.01 5 17.2%
98 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 1.46 0.98 7 -37.3%
99 Gifu University, Japan 0.60 0.95 11 48.0%
100 Shimane University, Japan 0.23 0.95 5 284.0%

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.