2020 tables: Institutions - life 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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 95.32 73.58 259 -23.3%
2 Kyoto University, Japan 66.52 47.16 174 -29.5%
3 Osaka University, Japan 47.58 43.74 158 -8.6%
4 RIKEN, Japan 61.50 39.37 169 -36.4%
5 Nagoya University, Japan 24.94 27.43 93 9.3%
6 Tohoku University, Japan 20.58 21.99 76 6.3%
7 Keio University, Japan 15.63 15.23 61 -3.2%
8 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 10.08 15.13 70 49.3%
9 Hokkaido University, Japan 20.58 14.95 57 -27.8%
10 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 13.72 14.00 45 1.5%
11 University of Tsukuba, Japan 13.60 13.84 65 1.2%
12 Kyushu University, Japan 22.67 13.59 64 -40.4%
13 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 9.07 8.97 35 -1.6%
14 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 5.70 8.67 40 51.4%
15 Kumamoto University, Japan 6.78 7.69 29 12.7%
16 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan 7.26 7.63 45 4.6%
17 National Cancer Center (NCC), Japan 6.06 7.12 31 16.9%
18 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 8.62 6.97 56 -19.6%
19 Tokushima University, Japan 3.59 6.52 22 80.7%
20 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 11.56 6.52 25 -44.0%
21 Kobe University, Japan 6.45 6.51 34 0.4%
22 Okayama University, Japan 9.16 5.77 32 -37.3%
23 Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (IGAKUKEN), Japan 5.64 5.16 19 -9.1%
24 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 5.64 4.87 20 -14.2%
25 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 6.22 4.87 40 -22.2%
26 Nagoya City University, Japan 2.60 4.81 23 83.6%
27 Chiba University, Japan 8.32 4.46 27 -46.7%
28 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 3.77 4.38 16 15.6%
29 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 4.61 4.32 29 -6.8%
30 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 10.24 4.23 33 -58.9%
31 Waseda University, Japan 2.18 3.99 20 82.3%
32 National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan 2.33 3.95 15 68.5%
33 National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan 2.06 3.56 17 71.2%
34 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 3.46 3.19 8 -8.3%
35 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Japan 4.45 3.11 15 -30.5%
36 Juntendo University, Japan 3.28 3.07 15 -7.0%
37 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan 3.63 3.03 11 -17.0%
38 Shizuoka University, Japan 1.35 2.69 7 98.3%
39 National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan 1.52 2.67 15 74.9%
40 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 1.95 2.55 12 30.2%
41 Gunma University, Japan 5.57 2.55 10 -54.6%
42 Niigata University, Japan 2.99 2.53 21 -16.1%
43 Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (JFCR), Japan 2.27 2.52 14 10.2%
44 Ehime University, Japan 1.52 2.42 8 58.1%
45 National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Japan 3.69 2.42 16 -34.9%
46 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 2.61 2.23 6 -15.1%
47 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 1.70 2.21 14 29.5%
48 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.48 2.20 9 47.6%
49 Fujita Health University, Japan 1.18 2.15 19 81.5%
50 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 2.01 2.13 11 5.3%
51 Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS), Japan 0.52 2.10 8 301.0%
52 University of Shizuoka, Japan 0.63 2.07 9 229.4%
53 Ochanomizu University, Japan 0.17 2.05 3 1,120.1%
54 Yamagata University, Japan 0.11 2.03 11 1,716.7%
55 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 2.06 2.01 9 -2.8%
56 Gifu University, Japan 0.95 1.99 7 107.3%
57 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 1.06 1.98 6 86.0%
58 University of Yamanashi, Japan 1.83 1.95 11 6.0%
59 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 1.01 1.92 9 90.0%
60 National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), Japan 1.75 1.79 13 2.1%
61 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 0.98 1.78 8 80.3%
62 Saga University, Japan 1.57 1.78 6 12.8%
63 Suntory Foundation for Life Science (SUNBOR), Japan 1.71 2 N/A
64 National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Japan 1.92 1.70 8 -11.9%
65 Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Japan 0.58 1.63 10 181.5%
66 University of Toyama, Japan 4.74 1.58 12 -66.9%
67 Kochi University, Japan 0.56 1.56 6 177.1%
68 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan 0.14 1.56 3 982.6%
69 Iwate University, Japan 0.20 1.55 6 670.5%
70 Teikyo University, Japan 0.62 1.54 8 146.2%
71 Kindai University, Japan 1.17 1.52 11 29.5%
72 Akita University, Japan 0.94 1.38 5 46.0%
73 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 1.83 1.38 7 -25.1%
74 Doshisha University, Japan 0.62 1.37 4 121.3%
75 University of Hyogo, Japan 2.67 1.36 8 -49.3%
76 Hirosaki University, Japan 0.47 1.33 6 183.0%
77 Iwate Medical University, Japan 0.15 1.32 6 754.1%
78 Kanazawa Medical University, Japan 0.88 1.30 6 46.6%
79 Mie University, Japan 1.63 1.30 6 -21.1%
80 Yamaguchi University, Japan 2.69 1.29 7 -52.4%
81 National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan 1.38 1.26 7 -9.3%
82 National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC), Japan 1.12 1.26 13 12.2%
83 Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Japan 0.88 1.25 5 42.4%
84 Tamagawa University, Japan 0.62 1.25 3 102.6%
85 Saitama University, Japan 1.17 1.24 6 5.4%
86 Nippon Medical School, Japan 0.87 1.21 5 38.6%
87 Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan 0.26 1.18 7 346.5%
88 Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU), Japan 0.87 1.18 9 35.1%
89 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 2.92 1.17 4 -60.3%
90 Osaka Medical College, Japan 0.90 1.15 2 26.9%
91 Chubu University, Japan 1.55 1.14 9 -26.6%
92 Tokyo Medical University, Japan 1.53 1.13 8 -26.7%
93 Kagoshima University, Japan 0.25 1.10 8 328.7%
94 Tokai University, Japan 1.76 1.08 6 -39.1%
95 Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Japan 1.31 1.08 5 -18.1%
96 Nagasaki University, Japan 2.31 1.01 10 -56.4%
97 Fukuoka Dental College, Japan 1.12 1.00 1 -11.2%
98 Aichi Medical University, Japan 1.31 0.97 5 -26.3%
99 Meiji University, Japan 1.13 0.95 6 -16.8%
100 Toho University, Japan 0.75 0.95 8 25.0%

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.