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 Peking University (PKU), China 84.64 97.81 300 14.9%
2 Tsinghua University, China 68.86 71.91 238 3.8%
3 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 55.94 69.39 214 23.3%
4 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 51.68 60.16 401 15.7%
5 Fudan University, China 56.40 58.20 232 2.6%
6 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 54.66 56.27 217 2.3%
7 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 53.73 50.87 140 -5.9%
8 Nanjing University (NJU), China 19.76 29.10 75 46.4%
9 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 20.23 26.45 127 30.0%
10 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 20.10 26.42 78 30.7%
11 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 25.42 24.30 111 -5.0%
12 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 23.62 23.76 74 0.0%
13 Wuhan University (WHU), China 22.10 22.43 83 0.9%
14 Sichuan University (SCU), China 19.06 22.41 74 16.9%
15 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 22.06 21.01 79 -5.3%
16 Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China 14.67 20.07 52 36.0%
17 Shandong University (SDU), China 18.60 19.78 121 5.8%
18 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 23.78 18.94 84 -20.8%
19 Xiamen University (XMU), China 20.67 17.01 68 -18.2%
20 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 15.01 16.73 41 10.8%
21 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 15.78 15.86 40 0.0%
22 Central South University (CSU), China 11.44 15.20 66 32.0%
23 Army Medical University, China 15.66 13.86 77 -12.0%
24 ShanghaiTech University, China 11.06 13.78 90 23.9%
25 Nanjing Medical University (NJMU), China 15.38 12.96 64 -16.3%
26 Soochow University, China 11.60 12.87 46 10.3%
27 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 14.01 12.66 49 -10.1%
28 Southern Medical University (SMU), China 5.37 12.43 38 130.1%
29 Nankai University (NKU), China 11.97 12.28 55 2.0%
30 Tianjin Medical University (TMU), China 5.51 10.94 41 97.2%
31 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 12.11 10.62 54 -12.9%
32 Tongji University, China 16.42 10.12 53 -38.7%
33 Capital Medical University, China 5.28 9.46 69 78.0%
34 Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China 3.94 9.46 28 138.4%
35 Guangzhou Medical University (GMU), China 7.66 8.21 59 6.7%
36 Second Military Medical University (SMMU), China 8.08 8.09 32 -0.4%
37 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China 7.53 7.66 30 1.0%
38 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 4.51 7.54 35 66.2%
39 China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China 1.38 6.77 16 388.8%
40 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 6.71 6.65 41 -1.4%
41 Southeast University (SEU), China 5.36 6.32 19 17.3%
42 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 2.54 6.25 57 144.6%
43 Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU), China 3.69 6.04 20 62.6%
44 Jinan University (JNU), China 7.48 6.02 46 -20.0%
45 Southwest University (SWU), China 4.58 5.87 14 27.6%
46 South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China 2.19 5.58 21 153.5%
47 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 5.33 5.18 42 -3.4%
48 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 2.92 5.04 15 71.5%
49 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 2.74 5.02 18 82.2%
50 China Medical University (CMU), China 3.21 4.90 21 51.9%
51 Henan University (HENU), China 2.45 4.70 29 90.6%
52 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 6.65 4.49 20 -33.0%
53 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 3.54 4.43 39 24.3%
54 Jilin University (JLU), China 3.18 4.17 25 30.5%
55 Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), China 4.92 3.81 30 -22.9%
56 Chongqing Medical University (CQMU), China 2.54 3.78 11 47.7%
57 University of Macau (UM), China 6.00 3.71 23 -38.6%
58 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 3.24 3.65 16 12.2%
59 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 2.99 3.65 13 21.4%
60 Fujian Normal University (FNU), China 0.02 3.49 14 18,636.3%
61 Xuzhou Medical University (XZMC), China 1.56 3.47 9 120.9%
62 Anhui Medical University (AHMU), China 3.61 3.42 27 -5.8%
63 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 2.18 3.37 6 53.6%
64 Tianjin University (TJU), China 4.11 3.33 35 -19.5%
65 Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU), China 0.47 3.31 10 604.6%
66 Yunnan University (YNU), China 2.98 3.29 17 9.7%
67 Jiangnan University, China 4.09 3.29 13 -20.1%
68 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 0.04 3.22 5 7,610.2%
69 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 10.44 3.10 39 -70.5%
70 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 2.23 3.02 13 34.6%
71 Shanghai University (SHU), China 2.44 2.96 12 20.7%
72 Fuzhou University (FZU), China 0.80 2.95 5 267.6%
73 Nantong University (NTU), China 4.01 2.75 19 -31.7%
74 Harbin Medical University (HMU), China 3.57 2.73 16 -24.0%
75 Dalian Medical University (DMU), China 2.64 2.72 9 2.4%
76 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 0.76 2.66 12 246.6%
77 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 1.77 2.60 9 45.9%
78 Yangzhou University (YZU), China 2.63 2.53 9 -4.2%
79 Chongqing University (CQU), China 3.04 2.42 13 -20.8%
80 Hebei Medical University (HEBMU), China 1.19 2.37 6 99.1%
81 Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), China 0.77 2.31 14 200.2%
82 Northeast Normal University (NENU), China 0.81 2.22 6 172.8%
83 Hebei Normal University, China 0.94 2.22 5 134.7%
84 Northwest University (NWU), China 1.47 2.16 11 46.3%
85 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 0.24 2.12 8 781.9%
86 Nanchang University (NCU), China 2.57 2.11 12 -18.2%
87 Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM), China 1.64 2.09 19 26.7%
88 Hunan University (HNU), China 2.24 2.05 5 -8.6%
89 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 2.95 2.03 15 -31.8%
90 Hunan Normal University (HUNNU), China 1.29 2.00 6 53.7%
91 Westlake University, China 0.79 1.90 16 139.1%
92 Beijing Forestry University (BFU), China 2.68 1.63 11 -39.5%
93 Yunnan Agricultural University (YAU), China 1.14 1.59 9 38.4%
94 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 0.38 1.54 10 300.7%
95 Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU), China 0.41 1.44 10 246.0%
96 Anhui University (AHU), China 0.28 1.42 12 406.5%
97 Hangzhou Normal University (HZNU), China 3.19 1.39 9 -56.6%
98 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 3.32 1.39 29 -58.5%
99 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 0.68 1.38 10 101.7%
100 Kunming Medical University (KMU), China 1.50 1.36 10 -9.7%

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.