2020 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 166.13 168.34 490 -2.0%
2 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 162.36 151.84 349 -9.5%
3 Yonsei University, South Korea 87.93 88.08 271 -3.1%
4 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 81.14 86.95 286 3.7%
5 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 69.31 84.80 225 18.4%
6 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 87.55 81.99 217 -9.4%
7 Korea University, South Korea 52.82 65.29 282 19.6%
8 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 36.40 53.23 225 41.4%
9 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 31.87 27.81 73 -15.6%
10 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 23.96 27.15 94 9.6%
11 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 23.96 24.17 129 -2.4%
12 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 22.42 21.74 104 -6.2%
13 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 19.37 20.88 50 4.3%
14 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 17.35 16.68 144 -7.0%
15 Chonnam National University, South Korea 14.75 16.36 132 7.3%
16 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 20.18 15.84 49 -24.1%
17 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 9.04 14.32 48 53.2%
18 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 7.51 13.37 51 72.1%
19 Sejong University, South Korea 10.45 12.61 118 16.7%
20 Sogang University, South Korea 10.42 12.59 31 16.8%
21 Inha University, South Korea 3.55 12.29 53 235.2%
22 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 18.37 11.92 39 -37.2%
23 Konkuk University, South Korea 6.07 10.61 33 69.0%
24 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 8.80 10.59 44 16.4%
25 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 4.37 10.53 32 132.9%
26 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 11.39 9.82 90 -16.6%
27 Dongguk University, South Korea 8.95 9.29 32 0.4%
28 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 5.71 9.22 90 56.3%
29 Kangwon National University, South Korea 8.17 6.24 23 -26.1%
30 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 2.25 5.90 20 153.8%
31 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 0.75 5.86 23 654.9%
32 Yeungnam University, South Korea 5.33 5.16 13 -6.4%
33 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 10.74 4.84 33 -56.4%
34 Incheon National University (INU), South Korea 2.84 4.24 13 44.7%
35 Kookmin University, South Korea 3.70 4.14 20 8.3%
36 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), South Korea 0.83 4.04 10 371.6%
37 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 3.30 3.77 20 10.7%
38 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 4.99 3.77 13 -26.9%
39 Soongsil University, South Korea 5.77 3.66 32 -38.6%
40 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 5.49 3.63 17 -36.0%
41 Hallym University, South Korea 1.34 3.10 12 124.1%
42 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 1.67 2.99 11 73.4%
43 Myongji University, South Korea 4.81 2.90 6 -41.7%
44 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.53 2.35 7 332.5%
45 Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea 0.73 2.04 6 172.4%
46 Korea National University of Transportation (KNUT), South Korea 1.47 1.92 3 25.9%
47 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 2.27 1.87 7 -20.3%
48 Inje University, South Korea 0.70 1.79 16 148.1%
49 Kongju National University, South Korea 3.53 1.68 8 -54.0%
50 Catholic Kwandong University (CKU), South Korea 1.10 1.63 3 43.5%
51 Kyonggi University (KGU), South Korea 0.09 1.59 4 1,592.8%
52 Chosun University, South Korea 0.53 1.58 6 187.0%
53 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 2.73 1.53 7 -45.9%
54 Jeju National University, South Korea 1.35 1.51 8 8.2%
55 Daejin University, South Korea 1.23 3 N/A
56 Dong-A University, South Korea 3.24 1.18 3 -64.6%
57 Hongik University, South Korea 1.09 5 N/A
58 Sun Moon University (SMU), South Korea 1.00 1 N/A
59 Daegu Haany University, South Korea 0.17 0.95 3 453.0%
60 Korea Polytechnic University, South Korea 0.48 0.94 2 89.2%
61 Wonkwang University, South Korea 1.23 0.93 7 -26.8%
62 Korea Maritime and Ocean University, South Korea 0.17 0.89 2 418.2%
63 Handong Global University (HGU), South Korea 0.71 3 N/A
64 Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology (GNTECH), South Korea 0.66 4 N/A
65 Kunsan National University, South Korea 0.82 0.57 4 -32.3%
66 Seoul National University of Education (SNEU), South Korea 0.57 2 N/A
67 Hanbat National University, South Korea 0.58 0.52 3 -13.2%
68 Hannam University, South Korea 0.50 1 N/A
69 Sunchon National University (SCNU), South Korea 0.62 0.42 2 -34.6%
70 Daejeon University, South Korea 0.40 1 N/A
71 Eulji University, South Korea 1.50 0.38 1 -75.8%
72 Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech), South Korea 0.19 0.33 1 71.2%
73 Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU), South Korea 0.48 0.32 20 -34.3%
74 Korea Military Academy (KMA), South Korea 0.07 0.29 2 295.0%
75 Sungshin Women's University, South Korea 0.29 1 N/A
76 University of Suwon (USW), South Korea 0.11 0.25 2 120.1%
77 Kosin University, South Korea 0.10 0.25 2 153.4%
78 Dongseo University (DSU), South Korea 0.03 0.25 1 867.3%
78 Silla University, South Korea 0.03 0.25 1 818.9%
78 Konyang University, South Korea 0.25 0.25 1 -3.3%
78 Sahmyook University, South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
79 Seoul Women's University, South Korea 0.22 1 N/A
80 Mokpo National University, South Korea 1.04 0.22 2 -79.9%
81 Daegu University, South Korea 0.27 0.20 2 -26.4%
82 Andong National University, South Korea 0.06 0.17 1 157.9%
82 Hankyong National University, South Korea 0.17 0.17 1 -3.3%
83 Dongshin University, South Korea 0.07 0.15 2 117.6%
84 Kyungnam University, South Korea 0.29 0.14 1 -52.6%
85 Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea 0.33 0.14 3 -58.7%
86 Korea Aerospace University (KAU), South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
87 Keimyung University (KMU), South Korea 0.33 0.10 2 -71.7%
88 Daeduk College, South Korea 0.09 1 N/A
89 Duksung Women's University, South Korea 0.03 0.08 1 157.9%
89 Hyupsung University, South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
89 Chosun College of Science and Technology (CST), South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
90 Cheongju University, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
91 Changwon National University, South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
92 Seoyeong University, South Korea 0.03 0.03 1 -3.3%
93 Semyung University, South Korea 0.01 1 N/A
94 Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE), South Korea 0.33 0.00 1 -99.1%
95 Suicide and School Mental Health Institute, Hallym University, South Korea 0.00 1 N/A

Footnote

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  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).
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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.