2019 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 516.75 551.67 1,950 0.9%
2 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 217.70 214.35 628 -6.9%
3 Tsinghua University, China 145.34 161.99 757 5.4%
4 Peking University (PKU), China 141.24 147.50 664 -1.2%
5 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 122.94 136.85 533 5.3%
6 Nanjing University (NJU), China 115.11 127.80 443 5.0%
7 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 74.77 118.01 742 49.2%
8 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 99.84 117.89 299 11.7%
9 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 113.97 113.22 284 -6.1%
10 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 79.25 97.60 312 16.4%
11 Fudan University, China 61.46 95.34 261 46.7%
12 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 89.26 89.64 182 -5.0%
13 Soochow University, China 75.75 85.93 166 7.3%
14 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 54.78 84.98 370 46.7%
15 Kyoto University, Japan 74.31 83.11 280 5.8%
16 Tohoku University, Japan 58.69 73.98 221 19.2%
17 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 71.25 72.98 286 -3.1%
18 RIKEN, Japan 61.52 67.14 303 3.2%
19 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 52.88 63.53 175 13.6%
20 Beihang University (BUAA), China 36.34 61.65 269 60.4%
21 Wuhan University (WHU), China 39.49 57.66 167 38.1%
22 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 51.19 55.93 148 3.3%
23 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 45.02 53.67 244 12.7%
24 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 48.93 51.62 212 -0.3%
25 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 44.67 48.13 174 1.9%
26 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 43.32 46.04 126 0.5%
27 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 32.94 45.39 156 30.3%
28 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 42.81 44.96 175 -0.7%
29 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 34.66 44.66 98 21.8%
30 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 42.95 42.78 100 -5.8%
31 Tianjin University (TJU), China 31.11 42.03 142 27.7%
32 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 43.89 40.08 185 -13.6%
33 Jilin University (JLU), China 36.01 39.82 104 4.6%
34 Osaka University, Japan 37.65 39.80 198 0.0%
35 Nankai University (NKU), China 32.78 39.14 142 12.9%
36 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 28.75 37.84 142 24.5%
37 Shandong University (SDU), China 26.02 37.36 155 35.8%
38 Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India 48.54 35.92 191 -30.0%
39 Monash University, Australia 24.40 35.64 155 38.1%
40 Xiamen University (XMU), China 29.91 35.28 67 11.5%
41 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 20.32 35.25 86 64.0%
42 Yonsei University, South Korea 30.88 34.63 106 6.0%
43 Southeast University (SEU), China 29.26 33.65 81 8.8%
44 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India 35.10 32.93 206 -11.3%
45 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 24.02 32.47 83 27.8%
46 Nagoya University, Japan 32.10 30.54 172 -10.0%
47 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 18.32 30.43 110 57.1%
48 Sichuan University (SCU), China 22.97 30.42 76 25.2%
49 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 34.71 30.31 154 -17.4%
50 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 34.11 30.01 205 -16.8%
51 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 27.20 29.54 115 2.7%
52 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 25.06 28.01 85 5.7%
53 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 20.63 27.33 137 25.3%
54 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 16.75 26.83 91 51.5%
55 Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore 31.75 26.32 101 -21.6%
56 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 28.25 25.63 93 -14.2%
57 Korea University, South Korea 25.35 25.48 193 -5.0%
58 Keio University, Japan 26.99 25.19 51 -11.8%
59 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 22.75 24.97 100 3.8%
60 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 23.65 24.92 89 -0.3%
61 Hokkaido University, Japan 23.43 24.46 66 -1.3%
62 China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China 15.58 23.99 80 45.6%
63 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 23.94 23.63 87 -6.7%
64 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 21.91 23.10 58 -0.3%
65 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 18.94 22.99 60 14.8%
66 Kyushu University, Japan 19.98 22.83 120 8.0%
67 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 18.10 22.67 59 18.4%
68 National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan 30.91 22.10 147 -32.4%
69 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 21.09 21.89 58 -1.9%
70 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 16.44 21.75 173 25.1%
71 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 17.69 21.05 61 12.5%
72 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 14.33 20.99 61 38.5%
73 Hunan University (HNU), China 23.36 20.88 79 -15.5%
74 Chongqing University (CQU), China 12.97 20.69 57 50.9%
75 High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan 14.68 20.36 180 31.1%
76 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 20.95 19.53 81 -11.8%
77 Academia Sinica, Taiwan 19.50 19.34 207 -6.2%
78 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 14.95 19.12 107 20.9%
79 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 14.46 19.11 45 24.9%
80 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 12.47 18.81 46 42.6%
81 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 21.43 18.59 166 -18.0%
82 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 16.91 18.58 150 3.9%
83 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 16.36 18.48 55 6.8%
84 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 27.59 18.28 121 -37.4%
85 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 15.34 17.96 67 10.7%
86 Tongji University, China 18.44 17.80 56 -8.7%
87 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 13.03 15.88 38 15.3%
88 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan 7.11 15.81 38 110.3%
89 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 10.00 15.54 31 47.0%
90 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 7.09 15.44 38 106.0%
91 National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan 16.83 15.07 50 -15.3%
92 Central South University (CSU), China 15.16 14.88 39 -7.2%
93 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 18.87 14.84 64 -25.6%
94 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 9.31 14.64 40 48.7%
95 Hunan Normal University (HUNNU), China 4.02 13.96 42 228.4%
96 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India 9.59 13.55 24 33.7%
97 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 8.98 13.46 55 41.8%
98 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 11.13 13.18 52 12.0%
99 University of Tsukuba, Japan 12.39 12.90 137 -1.6%
100 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan 7.28 12.86 47 67.0%

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.