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 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 89.64 89.20 206 -2.0%
2 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 72.98 74.53 275 0.6%
3 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 42.78 53.38 144 22.9%
4 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 53.67 51.78 210 -4.9%
5 Yonsei University, South Korea 34.63 45.01 149 28.1%
6 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 46.04 41.72 118 -10.7%
7 Korea University, South Korea 25.48 28.95 181 11.9%
8 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 18.59 23.27 159 23.3%
9 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 13.18 16.11 91 20.5%
10 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 14.64 10.93 39 -26.4%
11 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 5.24 9.05 28 70.1%
12 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 4.00 8.25 81 103.3%
13 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 7.02 8.08 61 13.4%
14 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 8.54 7.55 112 -13.0%
15 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 8.34 7.31 22 -13.7%
16 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 6.15 7.02 35 12.4%
17 Chonnam National University, South Korea 4.64 6.83 100 45.1%
18 Sejong University, South Korea 6.24 6.74 103 6.4%
19 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 7.16 6.63 39 -8.8%
20 Dongguk University, South Korea 4.63 6.03 21 28.4%
21 Inha University, South Korea 0.90 5.93 38 550.5%
22 Sogang University, South Korea 7.32 5.06 20 -31.9%
23 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 4.11 4.38 18 5.0%
24 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 4.51 4.02 47 -12.2%
25 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), South Korea 0.83 3.48 8 313.0%
26 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 7.89 3.29 15 -59.0%
27 Konkuk University, South Korea 1.32 3.18 13 136.5%
28 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 0.07 3.06 10 4,416.5%
29 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 1.59 2.79 11 72.7%
30 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 1.52 2.42 29 57.0%
31 Incheon National University (INU), South Korea 0.99 2.41 9 140.7%
32 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 3.16 2.06 7 -35.6%
33 Korea National University of Transportation (KNUT), South Korea 1.22 1.92 3 54.5%
34 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 1.26 1.89 5 47.5%
35 Yeungnam University, South Korea 1.25 1.85 6 45.5%
36 Kookmin University, South Korea 2.69 1.85 11 -32.4%
37 Myongji University, South Korea 1.52 1.83 4 18.7%
38 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 0.72 1.79 5 144.8%
39 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 1.44 1.61 9 10.6%
40 Inje University, South Korea 0.59 1.51 10 154.5%
41 Hallym University, South Korea 0.85 1.49 5 72.6%
42 Kyonggi University (KGU), South Korea 0.09 1.33 2 1,345.0%
43 Soongsil University, South Korea 3.76 1.22 26 -68.2%
44 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 1.69 1.14 6 -33.6%
45 Hongik University, South Korea 1.03 4 N/A
46 Jeju National University, South Korea 0.43 0.97 4 120.9%
47 Korea Polytechnic University, South Korea 0.48 0.94 2 92.7%
48 Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea 0.73 0.94 4 28.0%
49 Chosun University, South Korea 0.41 0.62 3 48.6%
50 Seoul National University of Education (SNEU), South Korea 0.57 2 N/A
51 Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech), South Korea 0.19 0.33 1 74.4%
51 Sunchon National University (SCNU), South Korea 0.52 0.33 1 -36.4%
52 Wonkwang University, South Korea 0.17 0.33 3 93.3%
53 Korea Military Academy (KMA), South Korea 0.07 0.29 2 302.3%
54 Kongju National University, South Korea 0.29 0.25 1 -15.6%
54 Sahmyook University, South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
54 Kosin University, South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
55 Seoul Women's University, South Korea 0.22 1 N/A
56 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 1.44 0.20 3 -86.0%
57 Kangwon National University, South Korea 0.79 0.18 3 -77.7%
58 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.38 0.15 1 -60.4%
59 Dongshin University, South Korea 0.07 0.15 2 121.7%
60 Hanbat National University, South Korea 0.41 0.13 1 -70.0%
60 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 0.52 0.13 1 -76.2%
61 Kunsan National University, South Korea 0.73 0.12 2 -83.6%
62 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 0.53 0.12 2 -77.6%
63 Korea Aerospace University (KAU), South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
64 Chosun College of Science and Technology (CST), South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
65 Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU), South Korea 0.02 0.06 18 201.2%
66 Changwon National University, South Korea 0.05 1 N/A
67 Seoyeong University, South Korea 0.03 0.03 1 -1.5%
68 Semyung University, South Korea 0.01 1 N/A
69 Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE), South Korea 0.33 0.00 1 -99.1%

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.