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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 95.32 73.58 259 -23.3%
3 Tsinghua University, China 68.86 71.91 238 3.8%
4 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 55.94 69.39 214 23.3%
5 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 51.68 60.16 401 15.7%
6 Fudan University, China 56.40 58.20 232 2.6%
7 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 49.76 57.10 233 14.1%
8 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 54.66 56.27 217 2.3%
9 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 53.73 50.87 140 -5.9%
10 Kyoto University, Japan 66.52 47.16 174 -29.5%
11 Monash University, Australia 45.63 45.61 217 -0.6%
12 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 50.81 43.99 282 -13.9%
13 Osaka University, Japan 47.58 43.74 158 -8.6%
14 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 70.22 41.37 223 -41.4%
15 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 35.68 39.67 122 10.5%
16 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 34.42 38.03 170 9.8%
17 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 30.17 32.82 162 8.2%
18 Nanjing University (NJU), China 19.76 29.10 75 46.4%
19 Nagoya University, Japan 24.94 27.43 93 9.3%
20 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 20.23 26.45 127 30.0%
21 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 20.10 26.42 78 30.7%
22 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 25.42 24.30 111 -5.0%
23 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 23.62 23.76 74 0.0%
24 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 25.99 23.17 64 -11.4%
25 Wuhan University (WHU), China 22.10 22.43 83 0.9%
26 Sichuan University (SCU), China 19.06 22.41 74 16.9%
27 Tohoku University, Japan 20.58 21.99 76 6.3%
28 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 22.06 21.01 79 -5.3%
29 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 21.55 20.42 110 -5.8%
30 Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China 14.67 20.07 52 36.0%
31 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 22.91 19.89 88 -13.7%
32 Shandong University (SDU), China 18.60 19.78 121 5.8%
33 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 23.78 18.94 84 -20.8%
34 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 15.60 18.79 37 19.7%
35 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 18.80 17.58 105 -7.0%
36 Xiamen University (XMU), China 20.67 17.01 68 -18.2%
37 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 15.01 16.73 41 10.8%
38 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 15.78 15.86 40 0.0%
39 Yonsei University, South Korea 18.33 15.71 57 -14.8%
40 Keio University, Japan 15.63 15.23 61 -3.2%
41 Central South University (CSU), China 11.44 15.20 66 32.0%
42 Hokkaido University, Japan 20.58 14.95 57 -27.8%
43 University of Otago, New Zealand 13.35 14.94 61 11.3%
44 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 11.69 14.07 52 19.7%
45 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 13.72 14.00 45 1.5%
46 Army Medical University, China 15.66 13.86 77 -12.0%
47 University of Tsukuba, Japan 13.60 13.84 65 1.2%
48 ShanghaiTech University, China 11.06 13.78 90 23.9%
49 Kyushu University, Japan 22.67 13.59 64 -40.4%
50 Nanjing Medical University (NJMU), China 15.38 12.96 64 -16.3%
51 Soochow University, China 11.60 12.87 46 10.3%
52 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 14.01 12.66 49 -10.1%
53 Southern Medical University (SMU), China 5.37 12.43 38 130.1%
54 Nankai University (NKU), China 11.97 12.28 55 2.0%
55 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 7.91 11.93 32 50.0%
56 Tianjin Medical University (TMU), China 5.51 10.94 41 97.2%
57 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 2.97 10.88 25 263.9%
58 James Cook University (JCU), Australia 10.21 10.66 47 3.8%
59 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 12.11 10.62 54 -12.9%
60 Tongji University, China 16.42 10.12 53 -38.7%
61 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 11.48 9.69 70 -16.1%
62 Korea University, South Korea 7.51 9.51 37 26.0%
63 Capital Medical University, China 5.28 9.46 69 78.0%
64 Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China 3.94 9.46 28 138.4%
65 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 5.83 9.01 32 53.6%
66 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 9.07 8.97 35 -1.6%
67 The University of Auckland, New Zealand 9.45 8.39 54 -11.7%
68 Guangzhou Medical University (GMU), China 7.66 8.21 59 6.7%
69 Second Military Medical University (SMMU), China 8.08 8.09 32 -0.4%
70 Macquarie University, Australia 6.05 7.93 42 30.4%
71 Kumamoto University, Japan 6.78 7.69 29 12.7%
72 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China 7.53 7.66 30 1.0%
73 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 4.51 7.54 35 66.2%
74 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 8.62 6.97 56 -19.6%
75 China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China 1.38 6.77 16 388.8%
76 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 6.71 6.65 41 -1.4%
77 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 5.41 6.60 23 21.2%
78 Tokushima University, Japan 3.59 6.52 22 80.7%
79 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 11.56 6.52 25 -44.0%
80 Kobe University, Japan 6.45 6.51 34 0.4%
81 Southeast University (SEU), China 5.36 6.32 19 17.3%
82 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 2.54 6.25 57 144.6%
83 La Trobe University, Australia 8.56 6.15 50 -28.6%
84 Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU), China 3.69 6.04 20 62.6%
85 Jinan University (JNU), China 7.48 6.02 46 -20.0%
86 Southwest University (SWU), China 4.58 5.87 14 27.6%
87 Okayama University, Japan 9.16 5.77 32 -37.3%
88 South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China 2.19 5.58 21 153.5%
89 The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia 3.96 5.32 53 33.5%
90 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 5.33 5.18 42 -3.4%
91 Konkuk University, South Korea 2.71 5.18 14 89.9%
92 National Yang-Ming University (NYMU), Taiwan 4.60 5.07 31 9.5%
93 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 2.92 5.04 15 71.5%
94 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 2.74 5.02 18 82.2%
95 China Medical University (CMU), China 3.21 4.90 21 51.9%
96 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 5.64 4.87 20 -14.2%
97 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 6.22 4.87 40 -22.2%
98 Nagoya City University, Japan 2.60 4.81 23 83.6%
99 Henan University (HENU), China 2.45 4.70 29 90.6%
100 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 6.65 4.49 20 -33.0%

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.