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 University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa 3.59 5.98 52 54.7%
2 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits University), South Africa 3.25 2.43 19 -30.5%
3 University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa 3.18 2.15 23 -37.0%
4 Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa 0.97 2.10 6 101.2%
5 National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Kenya 0.27 1.61 11 445.0%
6 Kuruman River Reserve, South Africa 0.63 1.45 3 113.0%
7 University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa 1.14 1.44 17 17.3%
8 National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), South Africa 0.45 1.32 16 171.5%
9 Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa 0.02 1.12 3 5,505.0%
10 Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya 0.79 0.83 7 -3.2%
11 Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC), Uganda 0.01 0.82 3 6,258.2%
12 Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, Botswana 0.46 0.77 3 55.7%
13 International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya 0.69 4 N/A
14 Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Tanzania 0.08 0.62 3 622.6%
15 Cairo University (CU), Egypt 0.10 0.62 9 456.1%
16 Rhodes University (RU), South Africa 0.26 0.61 3 115.7%
17 University of La Réunion, Reunion 0.25 0.60 13 126.6%
18 University of Malawi, Malawi 0.82 0.59 8 -32.4%
19 Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa 0.97 0.54 18 -47.8%
20 Helwan University (HU), Egypt 0.52 3 N/A
21 University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa 0.26 0.52 13 87.6%
22 Save the Elephants, Kenya 0.52 2 N/A
23 University of Antananarivo, Madagascar 0.75 0.50 4 -37.5%
24 Mpala Research Centre (MRCC), Kenya 0.82 0.50 1 -43.6%
25 South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), South Africa 0.59 0.48 9 -24.3%
26 Makerere University, Uganda 0.24 0.48 6 87.6%
27 International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon 0.84 0.47 1 -48.3%
28 American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt 0.06 0.47 2 680.9%
28 University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa 0.47 1 N/A
29 Burkina Faso Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso 0.97 0.44 2 -57.6%
30 Polyclinique les Jasmins, Tunisia 0.42 2 N/A
31 University of Botswana (UB), Botswana 0.41 3 N/A
32 Ain Shams University, Egypt 0.12 0.37 6 185.5%
33 North-West University (NWU), South Africa 0.33 3 N/A
34 Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia 0.04 0.30 4 555.2%
35 International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya 0.13 0.30 2 121.0%
36 Ivory Coast Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS), Ivory Coast 0.17 0.28 4 56.3%
37 Medical Care Development Inc. (MCDI), Equatorial Guinea 0.27 1 N/A
38 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana 0.01 0.27 4 2,493.6%
39 University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Congo 0.05 0.26 2 435.6%
40 University of Science, Technique and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), Mali 1.16 0.26 4 -79.2%
41 Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa 0.16 0.26 13 50.7%
42 National Museum of Tanzania, Tanzania 0.05 0.25 1 411.3%
42 University Ferhat Abbas of Setif (UFAS), Algeria 0.25 1 N/A
43 National Research Centre (NRC), Egypt 0.31 0.24 5 -27.6%
44 Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS), Uganda 0.74 0.23 1 -70.5%
45 University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria 0.10 0.23 2 123.7%
46 Karonga Prevention Study, Malawi 0.23 2 N/A
47 University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa 0.31 0.21 5 -37.8%
48 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa 0.20 2 N/A
49 University of Nigeria (UNN), Nigeria 0.00 0.20 2 16,174.3%
50 Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana 0.06 0.20 1 219.0%
51 Tanta University, Egypt 0.06 0.20 4 233.2%
52 Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Senegal 0.02 0.19 5 754.4%
53 "Complexe Pédiatrique" in Bangui, Central African Republic 0.19 1 N/A
54 Zagazig University, Egypt 0.04 0.19 2 391.7%
55 Institut National des Sciences de l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine (INSAP), Morocco 0.19 2 N/A
56 University of Bamako, Mali 0.19 0.17 1 -16.1%
57 Centre National de Recherches Préhistoriques, Anthropologiques et Historiques (CNRPAH), Algeria 0.17 1 N/A
58 Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI), Tanzania 0.17 1 N/A
58 National Veterinary Institute (NVI), Ethiopia 0.17 1 N/A
59 Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya 0.02 0.16 2 722.0%
60 Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Ethiopia 0.16 4 N/A
61 Mansoura University, Egypt 0.21 0.16 4 -30.5%
62 Research Institute of Health Sciences (IRSS), Burkina Faso 0.01 0.16 3 1,101.9%
63 Uganda Ministry of Health, Uganda 0.59 0.15 1 -75.9%
64 Alexandria University, Egypt 0.10 0.15 5 38.5%
65 Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Uganda 0.06 0.15 1 125.4%
66 Centre de Recherche Biomédicale Espoir pour la Santé (EPLS), Senegal 0.15 1 N/A
67 Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (UGANC), Guinea 0.01 0.14 1 1,174.9%
67 University of Sadat City (USC), Egypt 0.14 1 N/A
68 National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Tanzania 0.28 0.14 2 -54.0%
69 KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, Kenya 0.14 1 N/A
70 University of Limpopo, South Africa 0.10 0.13 1 30.1%
71 University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa 0.10 0.13 2 21.8%
72 University of Lagos (Unilag), Nigeria 0.00 0.13 1 3,382.6%
73 Kenya Ministry of Health, Kenya 0.13 1 N/A
74 University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin 0.10 0.12 3 19.9%
75 South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), South Africa 0.17 0.12 2 -30.8%
76 South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa 0.14 0.12 1 -18.9%
76 University of Venda (UNIVEN), South Africa 0.12 1 N/A
77 Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), South Africa 0.48 0.12 2 -76.8%
78 Lagos State University (LASU), Nigeria 0.00 0.12 2 10,873.5%
79 Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania 0.05 0.12 2 137.4%
80 University of Algiers 2, Algeria 0.12 1 N/A
81 Adventures with Elephants, South Africa 0.11 1 N/A
81 Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania 0.11 1 N/A
81 Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences (SFUCHAS), Tanzania 0.11 1 N/A
82 Kenema Government Hospital (KGH), Sierra Leone 0.14 0.11 1 -27.3%
82 Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone 0.15 0.11 1 -32.3%
83 South Africa Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), South Africa 0.02 0.11 2 351.5%
84 Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence (COE), Botswana 0.10 1 N/A
85 African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa 0.17 0.10 1 -44.2%
86 Rekebisho Centre, Kenya 0.10 1 N/A
87 University of Sfax, Tunisia 0.11 0.09 1 -21.1%
87 The Aurum Institute, South Africa 0.09 1 N/A
87 Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Equatorial Guinea), Equatorial Guinea 0.09 1 N/A
88 Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation - Uganda (Baylor - Uganda), Uganda 0.09 1 N/A
89 Research Institute for Tropical Ecology (IRET), Gabon 0.06 0.08 1 22.0%
89 International Foundation Against Infectious Disease in Nigeria (IFAIN), Nigeria 0.08 1 N/A
89 Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB), Congo 0.08 1 N/A
90 Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Senegal 0.03 0.08 2 116.6%
91 Mohamed Lamine Debaghine Setif 2 University, Algeria 0.08 1 N/A
91 Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Nigeria 0.08 1 N/A
92 Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI), Ethiopia 0.08 1 N/A
93 University of Khartoum, Sudan 0.07 1 N/A
94 University Hassan II Casablanca (UHII), Morocco 0.01 0.07 1 593.8%
95 Tunis El Manar University (UTM), Tunisia 0.11 0.07 1 -42.1%
95 Université de Toliara, Madagascar 0.07 1 N/A
96 Mali Ministry of Health, Mali 0.07 1 N/A
97 Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa 0.09 0.07 2 -31.3%
98 F. Hached University Teaching Hospital, Tunisia 0.10 0.07 2 -38.5%
99 Centre de Recherches Entomologiques de Cotonou (CREC), Benin 0.06 1 N/A
100 Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC), Ghana 0.06 1 N/A

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.