2020 tables: Institutions - life sciences - 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 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 159.18 160.46 465 0.2%
2 McGill University, Canada 76.27 86.61 296 12.9%
3 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 53.32 69.14 227 28.9%
4 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 41.43 37.08 158 -11.0%
5 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 27.39 25.08 101 -9.0%
6 Western University (UWO), Canada 21.77 23.19 57 5.9%
7 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 20.83 21.30 86 1.7%
8 Laval University (UL), Canada 16.59 19.56 82 17.2%
9 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 20.66 19.33 64 -7.0%
10 McMaster University, Canada 13.99 16.13 52 14.7%
11 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 8.61 12.04 45 39.0%
12 University of Guelph, Canada 9.20 10.91 30 18.0%
13 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 6.65 10.33 44 54.6%
14 Dalhousie University, Canada 11.32 7.36 46 -35.4%
15 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 6.14 7.12 26 15.3%
16 Queen's University, Canada 14.66 6.64 29 -55.0%
17 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 7.16 5.56 19 -22.8%
18 Concordia University, Canada 2.90 4.23 28 44.9%
19 York University, Canada 4.72 4.02 20 -15.3%
20 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 4.35 3.77 15 -14.0%
21 University of Manitoba, Canada 3.21 2.92 24 -9.7%
22 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 1.78 2.44 22 36.4%
23 Lakehead University, Canada 0.51 2.37 7 365.2%
24 University of Waterloo, Canada 2.70 2.24 13 -17.7%
25 Carleton University, Canada 0.73 1.93 10 162.2%
26 Laurentian University, Canada 0.56 1.71 8 203.1%
27 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Canada 0.38 1.59 6 316.5%
28 Brock University, Canada 2.09 1.39 3 -34.0%
29 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 0.04 1.28 6 2,963.9%
30 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 1.50 1.23 8 -18.5%
31 University of Regina, Canada 1.66 1.18 7 -29.6%
32 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Canada 0.27 1.11 8 310.2%
33 Brandon University (BU), Canada 1.00 1 N/A
33 OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada 1.00 1 N/A
34 Ryerson University, Canada 0.79 0.99 5 25.8%
35 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 1.24 0.99 15 -20.5%
36 University of Lethbridge, Canada 3.17 0.89 2 -71.9%
37 Nipissing University, Canada 0.72 2 N/A
38 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada 0.69 0.58 6 -16.5%
39 Acadia University, Canada 0.25 0.44 3 73.3%
40 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada 0.38 0.33 3 -14.7%
41 Trent University, Canada 0.60 0.29 3 -51.4%
42 Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (CLL), Canada 0.03 0.28 8 968.3%
43 University of Moncton, Canada 0.75 0.28 2 -63.2%
44 University of Winnipeg, Canada 0.03 0.26 2 928.2%
45 University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Canada 0.27 0.24 8 -11.5%
46 Bishop's University, Canada 0.02 0.23 3 1,067.7%
47 Mount Allison University, Canada 0.42 0.20 1 -52.9%
48 Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada 0.13 0.16 4 25.1%
49 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Canada 0.14 1 N/A
50 University of Quebec, Canada 0.11 1 N/A
50 Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Canada 0.11 1 N/A
51 MacEwan University, Canada 0.07 1 N/A
52 University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada 0.04 0.06 1 42.9%
53 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 0.20 0.06 3 -70.4%
54 University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada 0.39 0.06 2 -85.9%
55 TÉLUQ University, Canada 0.06 0.03 3 -40.5%
55 Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Canada 0.06 0.03 3 -40.5%
56 Marianopolis College, Canada 0.04 0.03 2 -8.9%
56 École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Canada 0.05 0.03 2 -22.9%
57 Saint Mary's University (SMU), Canada 0.01 0.00 1 -54.5%

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.