2020 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Tsinghua University, China 161.99 184.46 729 12.2%
2 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 136.85 167.83 585 20.8%
3 Peking University (PKU), China 147.50 151.03 649 0.9%
4 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 118.01 130.93 851 9.3%
5 Nanjing University (NJU), China 127.80 129.22 439 -0.4%
6 Fudan University, China 95.34 95.09 285 -1.7%
7 Soochow University, China 85.93 94.38 213 8.2%
8 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 97.60 90.89 296 -8.2%
9 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 63.53 86.92 226 34.8%
10 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 84.98 83.98 362 -2.6%
11 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 45.39 64.27 206 39.5%
12 Wuhan University (WHU), China 57.66 61.18 202 4.5%
13 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 55.93 60.10 146 5.9%
14 Tianjin University (TJU), China 42.03 57.77 168 35.4%
15 Beihang University (BUAA), China 61.65 54.28 281 -13.3%
16 Jilin University (JLU), China 39.82 49.39 121 22.2%
17 Nankai University (NKU), China 39.14 47.83 167 20.4%
18 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 48.13 47.06 181 -3.7%
19 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 30.43 44.60 149 44.4%
20 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 44.66 44.20 98 -2.5%
21 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 35.25 43.19 96 20.7%
22 Sichuan University (SCU), China 30.42 40.45 103 31.0%
23 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 23.63 35.87 115 49.6%
24 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 26.83 34.34 118 26.1%
25 Xiamen University (XMU), China 35.28 33.96 75 -5.2%
26 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 32.47 33.86 100 2.7%
27 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 27.33 33.65 144 21.3%
28 Southeast University (SEU), China 33.65 33.02 103 -3.3%
29 Shandong University (SDU), China 37.36 32.64 166 -13.9%
30 Hunan University (HNU), China 20.88 31.41 108 48.2%
31 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 23.10 29.40 71 25.4%
32 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 18.28 27.22 142 46.8%
33 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 24.97 24.85 77 -2.0%
34 Tongji University, China 17.80 24.52 67 35.7%
35 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 21.05 23.99 65 12.3%
36 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 15.88 23.86 89 48.0%
37 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 28.01 23.53 80 -17.2%
38 Donghua University (DHU), China 11.93 23.23 50 91.8%
39 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 20.99 23.06 83 8.2%
40 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 12.43 21.47 104 70.2%
41 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 22.99 20.96 65 -10.2%
42 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 19.11 20.66 53 6.5%
43 Shanghai University (SHU), China 11.19 20.39 62 79.6%
44 Central South University (CSU), China 14.88 20.33 67 34.6%
45 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 21.89 18.73 89 -15.7%
46 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 18.81 17.20 40 -9.9%
47 Jinan University (JNU), China 9.45 16.94 39 76.5%
48 Chongqing University (CQU), China 20.69 16.78 47 -20.1%
49 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 18.48 16.57 59 -11.7%
50 ShanghaiTech University, China 10.28 16.42 64 57.3%
51 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 17.96 15.53 70 -14.8%
52 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 11.23 15.46 65 35.6%
53 Nanchang University (NCU), China 8.30 15.36 35 82.4%
54 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 22.67 14.85 41 -35.5%
55 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 4.64 13.96 110 196.6%
56 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 15.44 13.22 35 -15.6%
57 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 5.49 11.59 42 107.8%
58 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 4.28 11.38 32 161.8%
59 Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China 9.58 10.51 21 8.0%
60 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China 4.58 10.34 37 122.2%
61 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 12.40 10.29 36 -18.3%
62 Xidian University, China 9.39 10.19 29 7.0%
63 Yangzhou University (YZU), China 9.43 10.16 35 6.2%
64 Fuzhou University (FZU), China 4.48 9.69 24 113.1%
65 China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China 7.32 9.60 19 29.3%
66 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 11.42 9.55 34 -17.6%
67 Yanshan University (YSU), China 3.94 9.27 20 131.8%
68 Henan University (HENU), China 7.86 9.23 28 15.7%
69 Qingdao University (QU), China 4.35 8.83 30 99.9%
70 Qufu Normal University (QFNU), China 3.69 8.67 12 131.6%
71 Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China 9.78 8.35 30 -15.9%
72 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 5.37 8.26 35 51.4%
73 Shanxi University (SXU), China 11.58 8.24 81 -29.9%
74 North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), China 11.48 8.21 19 -29.5%
75 Northeast Normal University (NENU), China 7.23 7.94 12 8.1%
76 Hebei University (HBU), China 11.81 7.56 18 -36.9%
77 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 4.22 7.24 15 69.3%
78 Henan Normal University, China 4.29 7.08 44 62.5%
79 Hunan Normal University (HUNNU), China 13.96 7.02 38 -50.5%
80 Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China 1.47 7.02 20 371.4%
81 Southwest University (SWU), China 4.32 6.85 20 56.0%
82 Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China 5.51 6.73 16 20.3%
83 University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), China 4.40 6.40 22 43.3%
84 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 4.33 6.27 20 42.5%
85 Ningbo University (NBU), China 3.74 5.72 15 50.6%
86 Northwest University (NWU), China 5.86 5.49 18 -7.7%
87 University of Jinan (UJN), China 2.62 5.45 40 104.8%
88 Tianjin Medical University (TMU), China 1.76 5.08 21 184.5%
89 China University of Petroleum (CUP), China 3.91 5.00 13 26.0%
90 Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China 4.17 4.80 20 13.3%
91 Hubei University (HUBU), China 4.58 4.79 21 3.0%
92 Xiangtan University (XTU), China 6.40 4.74 15 -27.0%
93 Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST), China 1.59 4.72 8 192.2%
94 Jiangsu University (JSU), China 5.37 4.60 17 -15.7%
95 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 5.90 4.59 16 -23.4%
96 Suzhou University of Science and Technology, China 1.03 4.56 11 336.7%
97 Inner Mongolia University, China 3.24 4.27 7 29.8%
98 Westlake University, China 0.73 4.03 25 442.1%
99 Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), China 1.20 3.90 16 218.9%
100 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 1.33 3.83 18 183.3%

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).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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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.