2020 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 12.92 16.07 38 20.5%
2 Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), South Korea 4.19 6.46 23 49.6%
3 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 3.35 5.04 23 45.9%
4 Yonsei University, South Korea 6.24 4.59 14 -28.8%
5 Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), South Korea 0.83 4.36 10 407.0%
6 Sejong University, South Korea 2.29 4.21 8 78.0%
7 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 5.03 4.11 10 -20.9%
8 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 4.00 3.47 13 -15.9%
9 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 1.61 2.99 17 80.0%
10 Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), South Korea 1.79 2.78 4 50.4%
11 Korea Institute of Atmospheric Prediction Systems (KIAPS), South Korea 2.33 2.28 4 -5.4%
12 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 1.06 2.15 10 97.0%
13 Chonnam National University, South Korea 1.58 2.13 7 30.0%
14 Korea University, South Korea 3.56 2.02 6 -44.9%
15 Samsung Group, South Korea 0.38 2.00 2 416.9%
16 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 2.30 1.98 5 -16.4%
17 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 4.96 1.90 6 -62.9%
18 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 1.17 1.74 4 44.3%
19 Kangwon National University, South Korea 1.83 1.57 4 -17.2%
20 Kongju National University, South Korea 3.06 1.29 3 -59.3%
21 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 0.33 1.20 5 248.6%
22 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 0.42 1.07 2 149.2%
23 National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER), South Korea 0.02 1.04 5 4,116.3%
24 Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), South Korea 0.42 1.03 3 140.4%
25 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), South Korea 1.00 1 N/A
25 Dongguk University, South Korea 1.00 1 N/A
26 Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), South Korea 0.06 0.99 5 1,619.2%
27 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 0.42 0.96 5 124.3%
28 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 2.87 0.94 5 -68.1%
29 Inha University, South Korea 0.14 0.92 3 514.2%
30 Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea 2.35 0.91 15 -62.7%
31 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 0.45 0.85 4 83.1%
32 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 0.92 0.79 3 -17.0%
33 Korea Maritime and Ocean University, South Korea 0.13 0.75 1 481.6%
34 APEC Climate Center (APCC), South Korea 0.60 0.67 1 7.7%
34 Yeungnam University, South Korea 0.67 1 N/A
35 South Korea Ministry of Environment, South Korea 0.65 3 N/A
36 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 3.33 0.57 4 -83.5%
37 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), South Korea 0.54 2 N/A
38 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 1.58 0.52 3 -68.3%
39 Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), South Korea 0.88 0.50 1 -44.6%
40 National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS), South Korea 0.63 0.40 2 -38.0%
40 Busan Water Authority, South Korea 0.40 1 N/A
41 Hallym University, South Korea 0.29 0.37 2 23.9%
42 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 1.85 0.34 3 -81.9%
43 Jeju National University, South Korea 0.92 0.34 2 -64.4%
44 Daejin University, South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
44 Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
45 Konkuk University, South Korea 0.20 0.33 2 58.7%
46 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 0.31 3 N/A
47 Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI), South Korea 0.29 2 N/A
48 Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water), South Korea 0.49 0.21 2 -57.2%
49 Daegu University, South Korea 0.10 0.20 1 93.9%
50 Korea Environment Institute (KEI), South Korea 0.06 0.18 1 182.0%
51 Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), South Korea 0.87 0.17 2 -80.8%
52 Andong National University, South Korea 0.06 0.17 1 158.5%
52 Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU), South Korea 0.33 0.17 1 -51.5%
52 GeoSystem Research Corporation (GeoSR), South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
52 Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Institute of Health and Environment, South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
52 Environmental Prediction Research Incorporation, South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
53 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 0.10 0.14 1 38.5%
53 Hanbat National University, South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
54 Dongwon Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
54 Jeollanamdo Environmental Industries Promotion Institute (JEIPI), South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
55 Neo Environmental Business Co. (NeoEnBiz), South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
55 LG Corporation, South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
56 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.02 0.08 1 213.2%
57 Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
57 Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
58 Korea Forest Promotion Institute (KoFPI), South Korea 0.00 1 N/A

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.