2020 tables: Institutions - physical 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 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 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 44.96 48.67 184 6.6%
6 Yonsei University, South Korea 34.63 45.01 149 28.1%
7 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 46.04 41.72 118 -10.7%
8 Korea University, South Korea 25.48 28.95 181 11.9%
9 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 19.53 23.79 106 20.0%
10 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 18.59 23.27 159 23.3%
11 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 13.18 16.11 91 20.5%
12 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 14.64 10.93 39 -26.4%
13 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 5.24 9.05 28 70.1%
14 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 4.00 8.25 81 103.3%
15 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 7.02 8.08 61 13.4%
16 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 8.54 7.55 112 -13.0%
17 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 8.34 7.31 22 -13.7%
18 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 6.15 7.02 35 12.4%
19 Chonnam National University, South Korea 4.64 6.83 100 45.1%
20 Sejong University, South Korea 6.24 6.74 103 6.4%
21 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 7.16 6.63 39 -8.8%
22 Dongguk University, South Korea 4.63 6.03 21 28.4%
23 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), South Korea 3.86 6.02 26 53.9%
24 Inha University, South Korea 0.90 5.93 38 550.5%
25 Sogang University, South Korea 7.32 5.06 20 -31.9%
26 Samsung Group, South Korea 11.72 5.04 36 -57.7%
27 Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), South Korea 3.36 4.94 21 45.0%
28 Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), South Korea 3.62 4.89 46 33.3%
29 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 4.11 4.38 18 5.0%
30 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 4.51 4.02 47 -12.2%
31 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), South Korea 0.83 3.48 8 313.0%
32 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 7.89 3.29 15 -59.0%
33 Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), South Korea 4.82 3.23 20 -34.0%
34 Konkuk University, South Korea 1.32 3.18 13 136.5%
35 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 0.07 3.06 10 4,416.5%
36 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 1.59 2.79 11 72.7%
37 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 1.52 2.42 29 57.0%
38 Incheon National University (INU), South Korea 0.99 2.41 9 140.7%
39 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 3.16 2.06 7 -35.6%
40 Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), South Korea 1.41 2.02 7 40.8%
41 Korea National University of Transportation (KNUT), South Korea 1.22 1.92 3 54.5%
42 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 1.26 1.89 5 47.5%
43 Yeungnam University, South Korea 1.25 1.85 6 45.5%
44 Kookmin University, South Korea 2.69 1.85 11 -32.4%
45 Myongji University, South Korea 1.52 1.83 4 18.7%
46 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 0.72 1.79 5 144.8%
47 Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), South Korea 3.94 1.64 6 -58.9%
48 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 1.44 1.61 9 10.6%
49 Inje University, South Korea 0.59 1.51 10 154.5%
50 Hallym University, South Korea 0.85 1.49 5 72.6%
51 Kyonggi University (KGU), South Korea 0.09 1.33 2 1,345.0%
52 Soongsil University, South Korea 3.76 1.22 26 -68.2%
53 Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), South Korea 0.08 1.15 4 1,260.1%
54 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 1.69 1.14 6 -33.6%
55 Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), South Korea 2.29 1.03 10 -55.7%
56 Hongik University, South Korea 1.03 4 N/A
57 LG Corporation, South Korea 1.26 1.01 7 -21.5%
58 Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), South Korea 0.25 1.00 10 288.0%
59 Korea Institute of Machinery and Material (KIMM), South Korea 4.99 0.99 9 -80.5%
60 Jeju National University, South Korea 0.43 0.97 4 120.9%
61 Korea Polytechnic University, South Korea 0.48 0.94 2 92.7%
62 Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea 0.73 0.94 4 28.0%
63 Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET), South Korea 1.62 0.62 5 -62.4%
64 Chosun University, South Korea 0.41 0.62 3 48.6%
65 National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER), South Korea 0.60 1 N/A
66 Seoul National University of Education (SNEU), South Korea 0.57 2 N/A
67 Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), South Korea 0.31 0.56 5 76.7%
68 Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (RIST), South Korea 0.54 3 N/A
69 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), South Korea 0.92 0.54 4 -42.1%
70 Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), South Korea 0.62 0.49 5 -21.7%
71 Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), South Korea 0.14 0.45 41 213.9%
72 Korea Institute of Medical Microrobotics Foundation, South Korea 0.44 1 N/A
73 Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), South Korea 0.42 2 N/A
74 SK holdings, South Korea 0.18 0.42 3 127.0%
75 Korea Photonics Technology Institute (KOPTI), South Korea 0.13 0.38 3 195.6%
76 National Cancer Center (NCC), South Korea 0.37 2 N/A
77 Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), South Korea 0.35 3 N/A
78 Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech), South Korea 0.19 0.33 1 74.4%
78 Sunchon National University (SCNU), South Korea 0.52 0.33 1 -36.4%
79 Wonkwang University, South Korea 0.17 0.33 3 93.3%
80 KBIO Osong Medical Innovation Foundation, South Korea 0.31 2 N/A
81 Korea Military Academy (KMA), South Korea 0.07 0.29 2 302.3%
82 Kongju National University, South Korea 0.29 0.25 1 -15.6%
82 Sahmyook University, South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
82 Kosin University, South Korea 0.25 1 N/A
83 Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), South Korea 1.25 0.24 2 -80.8%
84 Seoul Women's University, South Korea 0.22 1 N/A
85 GeneOne Life Science, Inc., South Korea 0.22 1 N/A
86 Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea 0.07 0.21 2 212.0%
87 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 1.44 0.20 3 -86.0%
88 Kangwon National University, South Korea 0.79 0.18 3 -77.7%
89 Gumi Electronics and Information Technology Research Institute, South Korea 0.05 0.17 2 253.4%
90 Comet Network Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
90 WIT Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
91 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 0.38 0.15 1 -60.4%
92 Dongshin University, South Korea 0.07 0.15 2 121.7%
93 Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS), South Korea 0.17 0.14 1 -15.6%
93 South Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD), South Korea 0.25 0.14 1 -43.7%
93 ubatt Inc., South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
93 Korea Automotive Technology Institute (KATECH), South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
94 Celemics, Inc., South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
95 Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center (KANC), South Korea 0.31 0.13 1 -57.3%
96 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), South Korea 0.27 0.13 1 -54.8%
96 Hanbat National University, South Korea 0.41 0.13 1 -70.0%
96 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 0.52 0.13 1 -76.2%
96 KOS, Inc., South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
97 Kunsan National University, South Korea 0.73 0.12 2 -83.6%
98 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 0.53 0.12 2 -77.6%
99 Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), South Korea 0.13 0.11 1 -18.3%
99 Anas Meditech, South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
99 Korea Aerospace University (KAU), South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
99 Tomocube, Inc., South Korea 0.11 1 N/A
100 Gyeongbuk Science and Technology Promotion Center (GBSP), South Korea 0.10 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.